The Session at Big Cove is currently composed of nine elders. Elders serve three-year terms and elections are staggered to elect three elders each year to allow continuity in the governing body of the church. The current pastor of the church, Reverend Kim Mitchel, serves as the moderator and the session also has a Clerk of Session who is responsible for maintaining the minutes from all meetings.

Meet Our Session

Elder James (Jim) Butz

Elder Jim Butz is the Session Liaison to the Finance Team.

Elder Fulton Hamilton

Elder Fulton Hamilton is the Chair of the Board of Trustees Executive Team

Elder Bruce Harvey

Elder Bruce Harvey serves on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Facilities Team. Bruce also serves as chair of personnel.


Big Cove has a Board of Deacons to provide congregational care. The Board of Deacons assists the pastor with the provision of pastoral care to the sick, home-bound, and those who need additional care, guidance, company, and prayer. The Board of Deacons currently has four deacons and can be expanded to five if necessary. Each deacon serves a two-year term, and elections are staggered to allow continuity.

Meet Our Deacons

Pam Douglas

Deacon Pam Douglas joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2020 and serves as Chair.

Bob Bolsinger

Deacon Bob Bolsinger joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2021

Melinda Harvey

Deacon Melinda Harvey is serving as a Deacon for the second time at Big Cove.

Judy Davis

Deacon Judy Davis joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2021.


Pastor Kim Mitchel

Pastor Kim Mitchel joined Big Cove in 2018. She has brought new energy into the church, provides guidance to the session, and has promoted the spirit of community both within and around the church. Learn more about Pastor Kim and the church on the About Us page.

Ralph Mitchel

Ralph Mitchel is one of the musicians for the "casual folk style band" at our service. He plays guitar and banjo and also sings. Ralph is also Pastor Mitchel's husband.

Sarah Barnhart

Sarah Barnhart currently works with Big Cove as Financial Manager.

Mary Hooper

Big Cove has one part-time administrative assistant, Mary Hooper. 

Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones is the percussionist for the "casual folk style band". In addition to providing music for our services, Jimmy is also associated with many local musicians and has provided entertainment during fellowship activities as well.

Jim O' Connor

Jim O' Connor currently serves as Big Cove's Treasurer.