Atascocita Presbyterian Church has 12 session members that have been elected and called to serve as officers and leaders of the church (elders). Together with the ministers of the Word and Sacarament, elders are called to exercise leadership, government and discipline, and have responsibilities for the life of Atascocita Presbyterian Church, as well as the church-at-large, including ecumenical relationships.
Elder Class of 2017
Doug Botkin – Facilities
Allan Griffin – Treasurer/Finance Committee/Personnel Committee
DeeDee Mills – Children’s Ministry
DeeDee Mills is currently serving as Elder and Moderator for the Children’s Ministry Committee at APC. She teaches one of the four-year old preschool classes in the Creative Learning Center and teaches Chapel for the CLC preschoolers as well. DeeDee and her husband, Russell, have two sons—Ryan and Eric. The entire family spend a good deal of time taking their two energetic border collie/lab mix dogs for walks. DeeDee also enjoys sewing and reading in her spare time.
Ellen Nipe – Spiritual Fellowship Committee Co-Chair
Elder Class of 2018
Sara Lewis – Mission Committee Co-Chair
Claudia Nelson – Mission Committee Co-Chair
Forrest Craig – Communications and Technology Committee Chair
Born in Tulsa, I received a B.E. from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Oklahoma, all in Chemical Engineering. After a career as a Reservoir Engineer working in Enhanced Oil Recovery at Amoco Production Company’s Research Center in Tulsa, Texen Resources in Houston, and Mitchell Energy Corp. in The Woodlands, I left the oil business to move to Muncie, Indiana and later Topeka, Kansas as my wife, Shelley, pursued her call as a Presbyterian minister. While in Muncie, I served as Executive Director of You & Year 2000 (a county branch of the state-wide millennium celebration committee), the Community Civic Center (a non-profit re-purposing the 75-year-old, 125,000-sq-ft Masonic Temple), and served as an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana Academy at Ball State University. We moved to Atascocita in 2013 when Shelley retired and quickly found a home at APC. We have 3 children: Kevin (Wylie, Texas; wife Kristen, daughters Karis and Emmy), Daniel (San Diego), and Kristi (Kingwood; daughter Adrianna).
Ann Owen – Spiritual Fellowship Committee Co-Chair
It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God; equip and renew them for their task within the church and for their mission in the world; visit and comfort and care for people. They should inform the pastor and session of those persons and structures, which may need special attention. They should assist in worship as requested and cultivate their ability to teach the bible.
Elder Class of 2019
Don Treleaven, Adult Ministry
My roots go back pretty far in the Presbyterian Church. My mother’s maiden name is in the stained glass windows of her parent’s Presbyterian Church in Canada. On my father’s side, his grandfather was a minister in the Anglican Church. In the church in my father’s hometown is a plaque thanking my grandmother for her years of singing in the choir. I was born and baptized at Park United Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania. I met Jean at Cho-Yeh and we were married in Webster Presbyterian Church in the Clear Lake area. Our three kids were baptized at Webster. I have served as an elder at two churches and been on pastor search committees. We have not been members of APC a long time (about two years), but have really enjoyed meeting people and attending different functions. I am excited about leading the Adult Education Committee and hope that I can help people in their journey.
Joe Weir, Worship Co-Chair
Karen Frye, Worship C0-Chair
Grant Morgan, Youth Ministry