Pastors, staff, leaders
Our pastor, Rev. Heather Prince Doss, came to Eliot Church in October, 2015. Before that, she served for seven years as the Associate Pastor at Sea Island Presbyterian Church located in Beaufort, South Carolina. Preaching is one of her particular strengths; she has also developed curriculum for youth confirmation class, family faith formation, new member workshops, as well as a lectionary-based adult Sunday school class.
Pastor Heather has passion for other cultures and working among diverse populations, especially those who are disadvantaged. She has worked with homeless populations in South Carolina and Washington D.C. She also served as a seminary intern for the Presbyterian United Nations Office (2004-2006) and in summer of 2005 served as a pastoral intern for the JL Zwane Presbyterian Church and Centre located in Guguletu, South Africa.
Building relationships with external communities also represents a great strength of Pastor Heather. Before coming to Eliot Church, Heather served on the Executive Committee for the Community Services Organization. She describes the CSO as, “a coalition of government agencies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations working together to improve the lives of the needy in Beaufort County.” Heather also served as the vice-chair of the local Habitat for Humanity board of directors.
In addition to serving Eliot Church, Pastor Heather is also the owner of Progressive Pilgrimage, a company that organizes group travel to the Holy Land that deepens faith, stimulates the intellect, and builds cross-cultural relationships. Heather leads up to four tours each year and provides groups with the educational spiritual resources they need to make the most of their Holy Land pilgrimage.
When not serving the church or leading tours, Heather and her husband, Eric, love to travel in their vintage motorhome and experience the outdoors hiking with their dog, Wallace. They also love to celebrate with good food and listen to great music.
Ordained at Eliot Church on April 15, 2007, Rev. Dr. Thysan Sam is the second Cambodian to be ordained to the ministry in the PC USA.
He is a leader in the National Presbyterian Cambodian Council, the National Asian Presbyterian Council, and the Steering Committee of Southeast Asian Ministries.
Thysan received his Doctor of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological Seminary.
Church Organist and Choir Director
Sue Dill is classically trained in piano, choral directing and voice. She teaches in the Music Department at Middlesex Community College and is well integrated into the area's musical community.
Sue became Eliot's organist and choir director in June 2011 and brings her energy and expertise to all of Eliot's choirs, as well as to playing organ and piano in worship services.
Contact Sue at email@example.com.
Laurie Montgomery-College became Eliot's office administrator in August 2012; she feels she has been called by God to serve the church. She brings strong technical skills to the job, as well as the ability to make people feel welcome and loved.
When she’s not in the office putting together Eliot's Sunday bulletins, Laurie enjoys doing “all things crafty and artistic.” Through her own church she is joyfully involved in local mission work as well as a mission to the area of Huntington, West Virginia, where she works with youth, sharing God’s word while making homes warm, safe and dry.
Elders and Deacons
Elders and Deacons are appointed by the Nominating Committee and elected by the congregation. They are ordained. Active Elders and Deacons serve a three-year term.
Elders share in the ministry and governing of Eliot. They assist in serving communion and work with the Pastor to encourage the congregation in the worship and service of God.
Elders exercise leadership and discipline and are responsible for the needs of the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. Twelve Elders sit actively in Session, each serving a three-year term. Each Elder generally serves on a committee.
Pictured here is the Session of Eliot Church as of March, 2014 (photo by Michael Sheu).
The office of Deacon is set forth in Scripture as one of sympathy, witness, and service, after the example of Jesus Christ.
Deacons minister to those in need – to the sick, to shut-ins, and to those are in distress, both within Eliot and the community at large. Eight members currently sit in the office of Deacon, each serving a three-year term.