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We are growing the faith of the whole family of God: inwardly strong, outwardly focused. 






Leadership and Governance 

The word "Presbyterian" actually describes the church's form of governance more than theology. Our church works within a larger network of churches to ensure accountability, share resources, and support the ministry of the global church.

Markham Woods Presbyterian Church is governed under the constitution of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Also known as the Book of Order, the constitution provides for two groups of leaders to help oversee the work of the church: elders and deacons. 





A Presbyterian church is governed according to the pattern of elders seen in the Old and New Testaments. The word "presbyter" is Greek for elder.

The office of elder is a distinctive mark of Presbyterianism: ordained non-clergy (non-pastors) who take part in local pastoral care and decision making at all levels. These Biblically-qualified elders are elected from the church family and, along with ministers, lead the church corporately.

At Markham Woods, elders make up our governing body, called the Session. Each elder serves a three-year term, with one third of the Session rotating out of service at the end of each year – also known as their “class.” 



The Diaconate (the fancy name for a group of deacons) is made up of individuals who are responsible for the care and nurture of the church family. Deacons are identified in the Bible as people called to sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ and actively serve the church family for three years.

The office of deacon is important to the ongoing relationships and community in the life of our church family. Deacons visit the sick, hospitalized and homebound, and offer communion. They are present at regular worship services and memorial services to offer care and to pray for those in need.






Our Staff

We have a great staff, in place to help our church family share the truth of the Gospel, create an environment of worship, equip individuals to grow as disciples and share ways to humbly serve those in need.

However, because we work as a non-profit, many of our needs in the church cannot be met by staff alone. We have dozens of teams of volunteers that help make the church not only function but thrive. To learn more about how you can be a part of one of our volunteer teams, continue exploring the website, or contact the church office at church@mwpcusa.org or 407-333-2030.





Our History


Markham Woods Presbyterian Church has been in the heart of suburban Lake Mary for almost 30 years, serving, teaching, and shaping lives. We started way back when with only a small house on property, and have grown now to a large piece of property on which we have built a beautiful sanctuary, spacious fellowship hall, refurbished student center, brand new office building, and brand new preschool. The Lord certainly provides!