Definition of ruling elder in English:

ruling elder

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  • A nominated or elected lay official of any of various Christian Churches, especially of a Presbyterian Church.
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    • 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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