The Moderator’s job is similar to a town manager. As a member of the church, duly elected, the Moderator presides at all meetings of the Church, and of the Church Council. Working closely with the pastor, the Moderator makes sure that the Church is operating according to its bylaws and, as an ex officio member without a vote at all Ministry Team, group, committee and task force meetings, shall see that they are fulfilling their responsibilities. In the absence of the Moderator, the Clerk presides until a Moderator pro tempore is elected. The Moderator is elected at the Annual Meeting to serve for three years, or until a successor is elected and takes office. The current Moderator of First Church is Moira Jones.