The Office of Ruling Elder

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the office of Ruling Elder is an ordered ministry bestowed upon an individual through ordination.  Ruling Elders, acting together as members of the Session, have total responsibility for the life of the congregation.  Under the headship of Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, they are, together with the Pastor, the spiritual leaders of the church.  The Session is responsible for the conduct and mission of the church; except for those limited responsibilities pastors exercise by virtue of office.
            Elders are spiritual leaders.  The Book of Order stipulates they…
should be persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship, and love of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel in the church and in the world…
They are to…
lead a life in obedience to Scripture and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the church.  (G.6.0106)

CPC Elders:

Janet Calinsky (Class of 2019)
Fellowship Elder
Dana Chamberlain (Class of 2018)
Worship Elder
Gary Daniel (Class of 2020)
Buildings and Grounds Elder
John Dzwilewski (Class of 2019)
Discipleship Elder
I have worshiped at Covenant for 21 years. My wife Tammy and I have two adult children, Marc is 28 and Eric is 25.
Scott Ritchie (Class of 2018)
Personnel and Stewardship Elder

I was born and raised on a farm in the Eden/Hazelton area of South Central Idaho.  Growing up on the farm I learned the value of a good days work and working until the job gets done. These values have served me well in my career. I graduated from Boise State University with a BBA and MBA in 1978. I worked for Hewlett-Packard for nearly 20 years.  A highlight of this time was a two year assignment for me and my family in Guadalajara Mexico. Subsequently, I worked for other high tech firms in a variety of capacities until the recession of 2008 forced me to look in another direction. We then started our current business (Lawn Equipment Company) here in Boise. It was a struggle for the first few recession years, but in 2018 we will celebrate our ten year anniversary of starting the business.  I’ve been married to my lovely wife Cindy for over 40 years and we have three grown children, with two grandkids and a third on the way.  Grandkids are way fun and help keep us young at heart. We’ve been attending CPC since nearly its beginning and it is like family to us.  Although, I’m busy like everyone, being on session again and helping the church grow and thrive in my own small way is very rewarding.  I would encourage anyone when asked to serve to give it a try.

Jacqueline Rush (Class of 2020)
Personnel and Stewardship Elder

Toni Smith (Class of 2019)
Fellowship Elder
CindyClerk of Session – Cindy Tyree (Class of 2018)
Cindy met her husband Steve during their sophomore year in college.  They married their senior year and then in the summer of 1979 Cindy and her husband Steve transplanted to Idaho from California.  By October they found themselves transferring their membership from one new church development to another – and Covenant was born!   It has been a tremendous part of their faith journey.   Being part of this congregation has been a continual blessing in their lives.  They raised their son & daughter in this church and now enjoy bringing 2 of their four grandchildren with them on Sunday mornings.  They have tried to faithfully serve the church both at the congregational and presbytery levels.  Cindy and Steve are both retired from the Boise Public School District.  Although native Californians they both call Idaho their home!  
Shana Woodbury (Class of 2020)
Adult & Family Ministries Elder


I am an Idaho native and grew up on a farm in Rupert, Idaho.  My two daughters, Anabell and Lily, are amazing and fun; we enjoy spending time together as our busy schedules allow.  I have been a member of Covenant since 1997 and have been a part of the ministry staff since 2008.  Currently, I serve as the Family Ministry Director, which encompasses Nursery, Children’s, Youth & MOPS Ministries.  I am passionate about supporting the spiritual development of individuals and supporting families as they grow together in their faith.  I am currently part of the Seminary Without Walls program, which will provide certification to be an ordained Lay Pastor.  My prayer is that I can be an integral part of people meeting Jesus and finding abundant life, resting in his mercy and grace. 

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