What is an elder and what do they do?
According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of the church. Elders are to lead the church (1 Tim 5:17, Titus 1:7), teach and preach the Word (1 Tim 3:2, Titus 1:9), protect the church from false teachers (Acts 20:17, 28-31), exhort and admonish the church in sound doctrine (1 Tim 4:13, Titus 1:9), visit and pray for the sick (James 5:14), and judge doctrinal issues (Acts 15:6). "Elder" and "pastor" are not two different offices in the New Testament, but two words for the same office. Elders serve the body pastorally, feeding, caring, and shepherding the flock. This includes administering church discipline, membership eligibility, and overseeing all ministries of the church.
Why do we have elders?
As a church, we look to God's Word as our authority in all matters of faith and practice, including leadership in the church. We believe the New Testament gives clear instructions on elders leading and shepherding the church (1 Peter 5:1-4).
What is the process by which elders are chosen?
An appointed elder will serve a four year term. When the term is almost over, the current elders are responsible to nominate who will be the new elder. Those nominated must fit the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9 and be agreed upon by a majority of the elders. Once there is agreement, they will individually be invited to an elder meeting to discuss the requirements of an elder and to answer questions about their qualifications. Afterwards, the nominees will be submitted to the membership for a vote of affirmation.
Who are our elders?
Bob Zeager (January 2024)
Kory Pruner (January 2024)
Phil Nelson (January 2024)
Ryan Martin (January 2025)
Denny Dragas (January 2026)
Ryan Torborg (January 2026)
Dan Eaby (January 2027)
Pastor Matt Watson
Pastor Jonathan Witmer
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