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 Sally Troy
Chair Christian Education Ministry Team
Elder Fulton Hamilton
Chair Executive committee and President of Trustees
Elder Bruce Harvey
Chair Personnel and Facilities Ministry Teams
BOARD OF DEACONS
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 five deacons. Each deacon serves a two-year term, and elections are staggered to allow continuity.
Meet Our Deacons
Deacon Pam Douglas re-joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2022 and serves as Chair.
Deacon Joani Kerr joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2022.
Deacon Rita Strain joined the Diaconate in 2023.
Deacon Becky Favor joined the Big Cove Diaconate in 2022.
Don Copeland joined the Diaconate in 2023
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.
Sandra Stephens currently serves as Big Cove's bookkeeper and financial manager.
Big Cove has one part-time administrative assistant, Mary Hooper.
Lätham Woodling is our IT Administrator as well as our video editor.
Pam Douglas currently serves as Big Cove's Treasurer.
Bruce Harvey currently serves as Big Cove's Facilities Manager.
Our Worship Service Team
Ralph Mitchel is one of the musicians for the "casual folk style band" at our service. He plays guitar and banjo and also sings. He uses his gifts weekly for the online service as well, playing the introductory music and the closing music. Ralph is also Pastor Mitchel's husband.
Arthur Woodling Jr.
Art Woodling plays bass for our "casual folk style band"
Sarah Ruff serves as the church pianist / keyboard player. She comes to us from Oakwood University where she serves as a professor of music. Her skill set includes many instruments and she has a special love for the violin.
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.
The Tech Guys
Arnie Puckett creates our worship service presentation.
Garry Favor is responsible for recording all of our worship services and special events.
Wayne Mahan creates the presentation for our Weekly Virtual Service as well as the slides for our worship service video.