Church Leadership

Communicating with Fairmount Leadership

Session would like to remind members and friends that if you have questions or would like to communicate with the Session (the governing body of the church), please contact our Clerk of Session, Gordon Landefeld.

If you have questions or wish to communicate with any of our four councils, please contact them below:

All Council meetings are open to all with Administration, Care and Faith Councils meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, and Serve Council meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm.

Thank You to all who serve in leadership roles at Fairmount Presbyterian Church.

January 20, 2024 Session Update


  • Session welcomed new Elders Steve Chapman, Nancy Gillombardo, Jerry Parker, and Ruth Wasem at our first meeting of 2024, which was also a day-long Session retreat.
  • Sarah Stone was elected Clerk of Session, and Gordon Landefeld, Peter Scheid, Sarah Stone and Ruth Wasem were elected as Ruling Elder Commissioners to the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
  • Session received a staffing update from Rev. Wallace. Tyler Young will transition to full-time status as Digital Engineer, overseeing external communications and graphic design. Christine Winters title has been updated to Project Manager to reflect her new role overseeing communications between councils, supporting pastoral staff, and managing office volunteers.
  • Session approved terms of call for pastoral staff, which were subsequently approved in a congregational meeting held on January 21.
  • Rev. Wallace reported on positive results of 2023 and 2024 stewardship campaigns. 2023 closed the year by surpassing the stewardship campaign goal of $750,000 by over $30,000. The 2024 stewardship campaign has received pledges of $705,000 to date toward a $750,000 goal.

December 2023 Session Update

December 2023
  • Session thanks the Reverend Carmen Cox Harwell for her nearly year of service to Fairmount, after 10 years as Pastor of St. Mark’s, and 20 years a Pastor with Presbytery of the Western Reserve. We may yet see Rev Carmen as she explores retirement, and continues to help us grow through service to God.
  • In addition to approving the consent agenda, Session approved all 2024 communions on Sundays and at Session meetings.
  • Session approved a congregational meeting January 7, 2024 to vote on deacons Debbie Punshon and Julie Egre, and another congregational meeting January 21, 2024 to approve pastoral terms of call.
  • Session created an administrative commission to examine deacons on Sunday January 21, 2024 at 10:00 AM, and install deacons and elders at the 11:00 AM service on January 21, 2024.
  • Session approved a new donations policy such that all donations received in a year are posted to that year.
  • Serve Council received a request that Project Green Thumb become a covenant organization of Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Covenant organizations are incorporated in the church’s operating budget and governance. At Serve Council’s recommendation, Session moved to deny the request while inviting PGT to continue to apply for annual support.



May 2022 Session Minutes

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