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Deacon Assistants

The Presbyterian Church in America provides for men and women to be appointed as Deacon Assistants.

Current Deacon Assistants
Christine Guarnera Sandra Johnson
Emily Massengill Maggie Stein
Ben Ward




The PCA Book of Church Order states:

9-7. It is often expedient that the Session of a church should select and appoint godly men and women of the congregation to assist the deacons in caring for the sick, the widows, the orphans, the prisoners, and others who may be in any distress or need. These assistants to the deacons are not officers of the church (BCO 7-2) and, as such, are not subjects for ordination (BCO 17).

Deacon Assistants join and expand the work of Deacons in demonstrating and encouraging Christian love and mercy through service to others—especially the vulnerable both within and outside the church. They comfort those in need, care for the poor, and encourage the church in this work, thereby authenticating and demonstrating the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Deacon Assistants will thus serve as members of the Mercy Ministry Team.

The Nomination/Enrollment process for Deacon Assistants is being revised. Please check this page again in late summer 2018.

The Discernment and Training Process
Since Deacon Assistants principally serve in the area of Mercy Ministry, their training is overseen and provided by the Pastor for Mercy in coordination with the Mercy Ministry Team of the Diaconate.

Beginning Service as a Deacon Assistant
All who satisfactorily complete the designated process of preparation may be appointed for a specified term by the Session. Upon appointment each one will be publicly commissioned to serve at Trinity in this role.