Church Management

Church Council’s role is to provide general oversight and direction to the church by serving as the communication point for all committees in sharing information about events, activities, needs, plans, etc.; assisting the various committees as needed; implementing and affirming various policies, procedures, and actions that may exceed the authority of any specific committee or group; and addressing other church business, all while keeping focus on and working toward fulfillment of the long range plan and goals of the church.

Chair: Katherine Proctor  katherinehproctor@yahoo.com

It envisions, plans, implements, and annually evaluates the mission and ministry of the church.

Reports To: Church Council

Chair: Katherine Proctor  katherinehproctor@yahoo.com


The Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility for the supervision and care of all property and equipment owned by the church. The board is to plan and set policies for the maintenance and use of the property and equipment, and receives and administers all bequests to the Napa Methodist Church.

Reports To: Church Council

Chair: Gary Neal  garynealdds@gmail.com

This committee manages Endowments and Gifts & Memorials.  Endowment funds have enduring impact;  the earnings from these funds are used for historical building maintenance and special programs.  Gifts & Memorials are dedicated funds governed by the Board of Trustees and this committee.

Anyone interested in finding out more about these programs can find flyers in church on any Sunday or in our church office.  Please contact the committee chair with any questions.

Reports To: Board of Trustees

Chair: Annette Perry  aperry35@comcast.net


The goal of the Finance Committee is to fund the ministries that nurture people in their faith. The finance system in the congregation will raise, manage, and disperse the funds of the congregation that help realize the mission and vision of the church.

Reports To: Church Council

Chair: Susan Archer  Susan.archer3@gmail.com

Distributes all money contributed to causes represented in the church budget, and such other funds and contributions as the Church Council may determine.

Reports To: Finance Committee

Chair: Dianne Mahler  dianne.mahler@napamethodist.org


The administrative unit of the church. In this role, functions as liaison where congregational interests and staff interests come together to focus on the mission of the church.

An important role of the SPRC is supporting the morale of the staff and providing feedback from the congregation. Helps build relationships among members of the congregation and staff with a goal bringing together the most effective team to accomplish the mission and purposes of the church.

Has leadership and management roles. The leadership role is to keep an eye on the mission of the church. The management role focuses on the daily activities that ensure details are take care of and the mission strategies are implemented.

The SPRC works with individuals and groups, including:

  • the Pastor
  • all ordained leaders, elders and deacons, as appointed by the bishop
  • the lay staff, both full time and part time
  • the congregation (individually and corporately)
  • church members interested in being candidates for licensed and ordained ministry
  • the local community
  • the district superintendent
  • the United Methodist Conference staff and general church staff

Reports To: Church Council

Chair: Kathy Martin  kjmartin21@sbcglobal.net or (707) 255-3459


The charge of this committee is to identify, develop, deploy, evaluate, and monitor Christian spiritual leadership for our church.

Reports To: Church Council

Chair: Pastor Lee Neish (408) 655-2872 Lee.Neish@napamethodist.org


A certified Lay Speaker has completed specific training courses. They serve the church in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship, including the interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.
A lay speaker undertakes one or more of the following functions, giving primary attention to service within our church:

  • To take initiative in giving leadership, assistance, and support to the program emphases of the church.
  • To lead meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on lay speaking.
  • To conduct, or assist in conducting, services of worship, and present sermons and addresses when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on lay speaking.
  • To relate to appropriate committees and ministry areas in providing leadership for congregational and community life and fostering care-giving ministries.

Reports To: Church Council

Representative(s):Michael Herzog MSHWRITE@aol.com

The Lay Leader’s principle responsibility is to represent the laity of the church to the conference and district, to lead the laity of the congregation in planning and executing its mission and ministry, to interface between the Pastor, District Superintendent, and Bishop on the one hand and the lay leadership of the church on the other, and, if not independently appointed, to serve as a lay member of the Annual Conference.

Reports To: Church Council

Representative(s): Mark Anderson ranaman@aol.com & Barbara Thompson BThomp2261@aol.com

The charge of this committee is to identify, develop, deploy, evaluate, and monitor Christian spiritual leadership for our church.

Reports To: Church Council

Representative(s): Barbara Thompson BThomp2261@aol.com & Barbara Barrett dancer7579@att.net


Pastors preach and teach the Word, provide pastoral care and counsel, administer the sacraments, and order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry, as follows:

  • Preach the Word of God, lead in worship, read and teach the Scriptures, and engage the people in study and witness.
  • Counsel persons with personal, ethical, or spiritual struggles.
    Perform the ecclesial acts of marriage and burial.
  • Visit in the homes of the church and the community, especially among the sick, aged, imprisoned, and others in need.
  • Maintain all confidences inviolate, including confessional confidences except in the cases of suspected child abuse or neglect, or in cases where mandatory reporting is required by civil law.

Reports To: Staff Parish

Representative(s): Pastor Lee Neish (408) 655-2872 Lee.Neish@napamethodist.org, Seminary Intern Keith Calara


The Leadership Team (“L” Team) represents key leaders who meet regularly to make sure the many church committees and groups are moving in the same direction. Members include the Pastor, the Lay Leaders, the Director of Music, Finance Chair, Church Council Chair, and Seminary Intern.