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ruling elder

Syllabification: rul·ing eld·er

Definition of ruling elder in English:

noun

A nominated or elected lay official of any of various Christian churches, especially of a Presbyterian church.
Example sentences
  • Recently a Presbyterian Church in America ruling elder posted a blog stating his stance on an earlier discussion regarding the Pope's comments on Sunday sports.
  • In addition to ministers, many Baptist churches had ruling elders, assistants, exhorters, deacons, deaconesses, elderesses, and evangelists.
  • He is ruling elder at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA.

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