Presbytery Organizational Structure

For detailed information about the Cabinet and committees please click on the tabs below.

The members of The Presbytery Cabinet include:

  • Moderator of Presbytery
  • Vice Moderator
  • Immediate past Moderator of Presbytery (moderator of cabinet)
  • Chair of each presbytery committee
    (or representative appointed by the chair)
  • Moderator of Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team
  • Presbytery Treasurer, Regional Presbyter,
    and Stated Clerk (recording secretary)

Presbytery Committees:

  • Administration & Finance Committee
  • Mission & Evangelism Committee
  • Education & Spiritual Development Committee
  • Constitutional & Connectional Life Committee
  • Committee on Ministry, Care, & Congregational Nurture
  • Strategic Planning Committee

Presbytery Meeting Schedule

  • Committees will meet in January, April, July and October.
  • The Cabinet will meet in February, May, August and November.
  • The Presbytery will meet in March, June, September and December and will
    rotate between meeting in-person and virtually.

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Presbytery Cabinet works to oversee and coordinate the ministry of the presbytery.

  • serves as the point of connection between all committees
  • ensures information is shared and disseminated throughout the presbytery
  • acts on time-sensitive matters between presbytery meetings as commissioned to do so in presbytery manual
  • receives reports from each committee
  • approves the docket of presbytery meetings, working from preliminary drafts prepared by Stated Clerk and moderator
  • takes actions necessary to meet the goals of the strategic plan

Below are the current members of the Presbytery Cabinet and their positions:

  • Casi Callaway, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Mark Clodfelter, Treasurer
  • Rev. Anna Fulmer Duke, Committee on Ministry, Care and Nurture
  • Bligh Jones, Presbyterian Women Moderator
  • Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar, Mission and Evangelism Committee
  • Rev. Matt McCollum, Administration and Finance Committee
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk
  • Kim Vanbrimmer, Education and Spiritual Life Committee
  • Rev. Jonathan Wallace, 2020-2021 Moderator
  • Vacant, Constitutional and Connectional Life Committee
  • Dr. Cindy Wilson, 2021-2022 Moderator
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Presbyter (ex officio)

The committees of The Presbytery of South Alabama work together to support our Ecclesial, Missional and Constitutional directives.

Please click the Committee links below to see more information.

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Administration and Finance Committee serves as the steward of the funds, property, and staff of the presbytery.

  • oversees the process for budgeting and audits
  • makes recommendations on the use of designated funds
  • oversees personnel matters
    • conducts staff reviews
    • recommends to the Presbytery Cabinet hiring, firing, and compensation of all presbytery employees including Regional Presbyter and Stated Clerk
  • ensures that staff-driven communications are effective and professional
  • develops and maintains financial policies of the presbytery
  • shares budget information in a timely and transparent manner
  • oversees property owned or rented by the presbytery
  • negotiates sale or management of property of dissolved congregations
  • assists the presbytery staff (when needed) with administrative matters
  • approves contracts with service providers
  • arranges opportunities for conversation, guidance, and training for congregations in matters of finances and stewardship

Committee Members

  • Mark Clodfelter, Trinity PC, Fairhope
  • Rev. Bob Madsen,  Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Rev. Matt McCollum, Trinity PC, Fairhope - Chair
  • Thom McCutchen, Orange Beach PC, Orange Beach
  • Judy Persons, Spanish Fort PC, Spanish Fort
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
  • Susan Tomlinson, Spring Hill PC, Mobile - PW Moderator
  • Ferd Zundel, Trinity PC, Fairhope

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Committee on Ministry, Care, and Congregational Nurture serves as the shepherd for ministers, commissioned ruling elders, and congregations.

  • examines and receives new Ministers of Word and Sacrament
  • approves terms of call for Ministers of Word and Sacrament and contracts for commissioned ruling elders and all other non-installed pastoral positions
  • oversees training and commissioning for commissioned ruling elders
  • conducts annual visits with each church session
  • nurtures pastors
    • assigning mentors to new pastors
    • making counseling resources available
  • serves as a guide and mediator in times of transition or conflict
    • proactively explores issues as early as possible
    • recommends Administrative Commissions when necessary
  • assists congregations in filling pastoral vacancies
  • conducts orientation for pastor nominating committees
  • approves interim ministers
  • provides pastoral care, support, and nurture for the Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and certified Christian Educators of the presbytery
  • maintains relationship with retired ministers
  • with the Regional Presbyter, supports Christmas Dinner

Committee Members

  • Mary Clark, Providence PC, Mobile
  • Rev. Anna Fulmer Duke, Spring Hill PC, Mobile - Chair
  • Rev. Eugenia Gamble, HR
  • Ginny Granade, First PC, Bay Minette
  • Dr. Larry Kirkland, Evergreen PC, Dothan
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Jody Beth Melton, Swift PC, Foley
  • Bo Perry, Government Street PC, Mobile
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
  • Rev. Jonathan Wallace, First PC, Foley
  • Dr. Cindy Wilson, Trinity PC, Fairhope

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Constitutional & Connectional Life Committee is responsible for building and nurturing relationships between congregations and the larger Presbyterian Church (USA).

  • nominates ministers and congregation members to serve
    • on committees and commissions of presbytery
    • as General Assembly and Synod commissioners
    • as Presbytery Moderator and Vice-Moderator
  • meets constitutional requirements for representation
  • reviews, trains, recruits, and cultivates committee leadership
  • reviews effectiveness of all committees
  • builds relationships through annual visits with each congregation
  • coordinates Presbytery Sunday to strengthen bonds within the presbytery
  • strengthens relationships with:
    • Presbytery of Mississippi
    • Synod of Living Waters
    • the agencies of the PC(USA)
  • maintains policies and procedures manual of the presbytery
  • assists officer training in congregations when needed
  • oversees preparation for ministry when needed
  • provides ordination exam readers
  • supports the work of the Permanent Judicial Commission with the chair of the PJC serving on the committee
  • plans location and frequency of presbytery meetings
  • serves as Bills and Overtures Committee for presbytery meetings

Committee Members

  • Rev. Joe Johnson, Evergreen PC, Dothan
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Lacie Maynard, First PC, Foley
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
  • Rev. Julian Walthall, HR
  • Vacant - Chair

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Education and Spiritual Development Committee is responsible for supporting and equipping the vital ministries of faith development needs within each particular congregation.

  • makes available the educational resources owned by the presbytery
  • connects congregations to experts in the field
  • connects congregations to expand education opportunities and share resources
  • oversees presbytery-wide educational programs when needed, such as:
    • educational events
    • Leadership Event (currently called COLT)
    • retreats and spirituality experiences
    • training programs
  • plans all details of worship, sacraments, and preaching for Presbytery meetings
    • arranges for guest speakers at the presbytery meeting

Committee Members

  • Rev. Blair Beaver, First PC, Bay Minette
  • Rev. Sarah Erickson, Columbia Seminary, Decatur GA
  • Rev. Alexandra Hutson, Government Street PC, Mobile
  • Dee Koza, Geneva PC, Geneva
  • Jim Legge, Spanish Fort PC, Spanish Fort
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
  • Kim Vanbrimmer, Orange Beach PC, Orange Beach – Chair
  • Rev. Richard Wood, Honorably Retired

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Mission and Evangelism Committee is responsible for supporting and equipping the vital ministries of outreach, service, mission, technology, and evangelism within each particular congregation.

  • communicates mission and evangelism ministries between congregations
  • administers Congregational Mission Grants as advised by a subcommittee with representatives from Admin & COM
  • connects congregations to technology and resources for evangelism and outreach
  • oversees presbytery-wide mission efforts (some of which may be subcommittees):
    • Presbytery Guatemala Partnership
    • Hispanic Ministry
    • Campus Ministry
    • Disaster Assistance/Response

Committee Members

  • Rev. Keith Cardwell, Swift PC, Foley
  • Mary Clark, Providence PC, Mobile
  • Margaret Davis, Trinity PC, Fairhope
  • Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar, Government Street PC, Mobile – Chair
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)
  • Marcia Willett, First PC, Grand Bay

In service to the congregations of the Presbytery of South Alabama, the Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Presbytery related to its mission, vision, and strategic initiatives.

  • ensures established and effective strategic planning process:
    • annually reviews the mission, vision, and strategic plan
    • develops strategic planning process update every three to five-years
  • develops/maintains program decision matrix for programs and ministries of the presbytery and assigns committees responsibility for implementing decisions
  • develops and maintains measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) that ensure work is aligned with our strategy
  •   works with staff to develop a strategic dashboard/annual work plan to track and meet KPIs
  • works with constitutional & connectional life committee-#3 to develop a strategic dashboard/annual work plan for the Presbytery Cabinet to track and meet KPIs
  • monitors the organization’s performance against measurable targets
  • ensures the budget development matches the mission, vision, strategic plan and will result in meeting the KPIs
  • identifies critical issues facing the presbytery
  • reviews and recommends changes and updates to the Presbytery structure including merging, splitting, staffing, and committee structure

Committee Members

  • Rev. Chrisy Ennen, First PC, Gulf Shores
  • Rev. Bob Madsen, Regional Presbyter (ex officio)
  • Rev. Al Thompson, Stated Clerk (ex officio)