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Meet our Elders

Elders (also known as pastors) are those men whom the congregation chooses to watch over them spiritually, to lead them in the public worship of God, to feed them the Word of God both publicly and privately, to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and to guard the church from doctrinal or practical dangers.  These elders are to be chosen in accordance with the requirements for such an office which are set forth in Scripture (e.g., 1 Timothy 3Titus 11 Peter 5, etc.).  A plurality of elders is not only the Biblical pattern, but also a true blessing from the Lord.  These elders may differ from one another in experience and gifts, and one or two may labor more often in the preaching ministry than the others, but they are all equal in authority and title.  The Apostle Paul teaches in Ephesians 4 that pastors and teachers are gifts from the exalted Christ to His church and are therefore to be highly esteemed for their work’s sake.  

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ELDER

Shane Waters

Since August 2003

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

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Alexander Longacre

Since January 2020

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Philippians 3:7–8

Meet our Deacons

Deacons are those men whom the congregation chooses to watch over the church’s physical and temporal concerns.  We find the first deacons being ordained in Acts 6 and for the very specific purpose of relieving the elders from having to deal with the physical needs of the people.  This, then, allows for the elders to devote themselves more fully to the ministry of the Word and prayer, without distraction.  Deacons, therefore, are a tremendous blessing from the Lord not only to the people, but to the pastors.  We see in these two offices of elder and deacon the two-fold care and concern of the Good and Great Shepherd, Jesus.  Through the ministry of elders, Jesus cares for His church’s spiritual needs, and through the ministry of deacons, Jesus cares for His church’s temporal needs.    

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DEACON

Matthew Gray

Since September 2021

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2

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Sean Moltmaker

Since April 2016

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Exodus 33:14

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Nick Rudd

Since January 2020

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:5–6