- an elder in a Presbyterian church.
Origin of ruling elder
First recorded in 1585–95
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The third text for the divine right of the Ruling-Elder, is, 1 Tim.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry
Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly