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ruling elder

noun
1.
an elder in a Presbyterian church.
Origin of ruling elder
1585-1595
1585-95
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  • Doubtless, as she was a very pretty girl, she would be very soon sealed to some ruling elder.

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

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • It is true, the ruling elder (which was after added) is limited only to one of the keys, viz.

    The Divine Right of Church Government Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
  • Governor John L. Marye was a ruling elder of this church for more than forty-seven years, giving faithful and efficient service.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Therefore this single text shows the divine right of both the teaching and ruling elder.

    The Divine Right of Church Government Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
  • He was a zealous Covenanter, and a ruling elder in the parish of Carnbee, in which he resided.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Zebulon Estey was a ruling elder of the Congregational church at Maugerville in 1775.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
  • 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

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