In Acts 14, we see for the first time the ordination of church officers commonly referred to as “elders” (elsewhere called pastors, shepherds, overseers and bishops). It's in Acts 20 that we first learn about their work in the church. In verses 28 – 31, Paul tells the pastors to pay attention to their conduct and example in life, to care for God’s church as a shepherd feeds the sheep, and to protect the flock from anything that would result in the loss of spiritual life.
The leadership of this congregation is not chosen arbitrarily or by vote. Instead specific qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 for elders are followed to the letter. This is to insure that the Holy Spirit has the last word in the quality of men who guide the Lord’s church. Their qualifications are closely tied to their spiritual maturity, their Bible knowledge and the application of that knowledge in their personal lives, their family leadership, and their character development. You can trust our leaders to stand fast on the word of God.
We have two such elders in this church: Tony Beach and Buddy Johnson.