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ruling elder

noun
1.
an elder in a Presbyterian church.
Origin of ruling elder
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95
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  • His father was a Presbyterian of the Scotch type, and a ruling elder in the church.

  • Brewster, (p. 155) the nucleus of the church, became their ruling elder.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • Now touching ye question propounded by you, I judg it not lawfull for you, being a ruling elder, as Rom.

  • Governor John L. Marye was a ruling elder of this church for more than forty-seven years, giving faithful and efficient service.

  • Jacob Barker, who presided at the meeting held on the 14th May, was a justice of the peace and ruling elder of the church.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
  • He was a zealous Covenanter, and a ruling elder in the parish of Carnbee, in which he resided.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Doubtless, as she was a very pretty girl, she would be very soon sealed to some ruling elder.

  • He was elected to the office of ruling elder in December, 1879, which he filled till the time he removed to Cedar Rapids.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Mr. Renville, who was a ruling elder in the church, took this position, and the members of the mission were not a unit against it.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs
  • For nearly all that time he has been a ruling elder in the church, and for ten years past a licensed exhorter.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs

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