General Assembly

The General Assembly was held in Portland, Oregon, June 18-25, 2016 and was attended by Pastor Doug Fletcher as an Observer, Pennie Grimes as an Observer, and Kent Grimes as an Office of the GA volunteer, specifically serving as part of a team taking minutes of the plenary sessions of GA.  Jim Collett attended as a Ruling Elder Commissioner from Charleston Atlantic Presbytery.  A commissioner to GA is elected by their presbytery for a two-year term, expiring at the beginning of GA in 2018.  Their role for the two-year period is to interpret the actions of this year’s GA to congregations across presbytery as requested. 

Pennie wrote an article on her reflections of the week from the business sessions, worship services and remarks from speakers.  Pennie’s article, titled “The Hope in Our Calling,” may be accessed at the link below:

The Hope in Our Calling by Pennie Grimes


For reflections on GA from Donnie Woods, Presbyter, Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery, click this link:  Reflections

The Assembly in Brief document, which covers highlights of this year’s General Assembly, will be an insert in the bulletin on Sunday and is also available by clicking on this link:


For more information about General Assembly, click on this link:

On this page you will find:

  • Details of business conducted by this year’s General Assembly. Click on the large box, PC-Biz.
  • To search by word or phrase in a business item, click on the “Search” tab at the top. Enter word or phrase on the left side.   A list of the items meeting the search criteria is shown. Click on any item of interest for more information.
  • To review business items by committee, click on “Committees” tab at the top. To right of “Select a committee” click on arrow to show a listing of all the committees. Click on a committee name to get a listing of all business conducted by that committee. Click on a business item for the committee recommendation and the action taken by the Assembly on that item.

For a complete listing of all business items, click on the “Resources” tab at the top. For a complete listing of all business items, on the left side click on “2016 Overture Listing Sorted by Item #.”   Item number is shown in left column. The first two digits indicate the committee number. Go to that committee as described above for details on that particular item.