Ruling Elder Nominee: David Ammons
I am honored to be nominated as a commissioner to GA from the Presbytery of Olympia and would be pleased to serve on your behalf if elected. I am a 31-year member of Westminster of Olympia and the Presbytery. I am a member of the Strategic Board and have enjoyed serving as a congregational care team member in the past. I have been an elder since my early days as a 30-something newcomer to the denomination and currently am in my fifth term as ruling elder, serving as finance chairman, choir member, lay leader, centennial chairman, and a variety of other roles over the years. What a joy to serve alongside other motivated and creative people at both congregational and Presbytery level! They inspire me.
PCUSA, the Presbytery and Westminster have been essential in my faith journey, which literally began at my mother's knee as a youngster. She was a Methodist circuit-rider's PK and lives a glowing life of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and helped me catch the spark early in life. My journey as an adult led to me to PCUSA and it is here that I find the discipline and inspiration, the robust sense of community and inclusiveness, the education I love and the worship and music my soul needs, and the "social gospel" that compels me to take my faith into the world in which I live out my weeks and years.
My career has been in journalism and public policy. I worked as a political journalist for The Associated Press for 38 years, did public television as host of "Inside Olympia" on TVW for five years, and have been communications director and senior policy adviser to the Secretary of State for more than seven years. The workplace is our proving ground for living a faithful and exemplary life that bespeaks our wellspring of loving Christ.
I believe firmly that God is calling our denomination to a "new thing" and that our best days are in front of us as we launch into "missional transformation" and are inclusive and faithful in taking the gospel into the community and into the world.