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Meet Our Elders

“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church”

Ordained Elders of our church serve in a variety of pastoral roles including the following:

 Worship Leaders

Our Elders make a tremendous difference in the weekly worship celebration service of our church.   In the absence of the Pastor of the church, their quality leadership and participation has transformed our worship service into meaningful celebration and praise.  

Spiritual Mentors

Our Elders recognise that their spiritual life should constantly lead members of the church to seek a deeper spiritual experience for themselves as stated in I Timothy chapter 3. Our Elders strive to model, by their devotional life, Christian personality, and spiritual interest and help to guide each member of our church to achieve this high ideal. 

Church Administrators

Our Elders always strive to make a positive contribution to the organization and progress of the church.  Our elders often serve in an advisory capacity to various departments, committees, and projects. In doing this, our Elders provide unity among the various programs of the church, communicate progress to the church board and encourage a unified mission for the church

Ministers of the Word

Our Elders spend quality time in studying the Word of God in order to sufficiently feed the church at worship hour services, Bibles Classes and mid week meetings.  Together with the Pastor they are actively involved in Our Church Evangelistic Theme, Making Jesus Relevant Series.

Preparation for Baptism

Our elders are significantly involved in preparing new believers for baptism. They also help to nurture new members to form firm friendships within the church and help them grow in the faith.

Visitation of members

Our elders are a vital element in the caring of the church. Our elders together with deacons and deaconesses actively visit members in their homes to pray with them and to encourage them. They help to reclaim inactive members back to the church.

Additional responsibilities of our church Elders:

Promote Evangelistic and Prayer Meetings

Our Elders ensure that prayer meetings are held and promote to members the importance of attending Wednesday night prayer meetings and Sabbath afternoon Bible studies.

Promote and Lead out in Evangelism and Stewardship

Our Elders help to initiate and promote evangelistic programs in the church and also encourage the members to practice faithfulness in stewardship.

Supervise all Ministries and Deconry

Our Elders help to supervise all the ministries and deconry in the church and ensure that each ministry/department is functioning effectively and efficiently. They encourage and support the various volunteer church workers who faithfully carry out the church’s ministry in a variety of capacities.

Music Ministries:  Elder Boucha Reider and Elder Arnold Best
Women’s and Men’s Ministries: Elder Junior Bent
Sabbath School: Elder Junior Bent
Prayer Ministries: Elder Yinka Oladiran
Family and Health Ministries: Elder Bryan Maxwell
Children’s Ministries: Elder Bryan Maxwell, Elder Arnold Best and Elder Yinka Oladiran
Communities Ministries: Elder Arnold Best
AV / Communications Ministries: Elder Mike Ncube
Interest Co ordinator: Elder Arnold Best
Deconry: Elder Justice Igwe

Members of the Church Board

Our elders with the Pastor and Heads of Ministries have appraisal and planning meetings at least once a month to ensure there is smooth operation of the church services and programmes.

Regular consultation with the Pastor

Our Elders and the Pastor have regular consultations with each other regarding the life of the church.

Promote District, Conference Programs and Worldwide work

Our Elders assist the Pastor in promoting the special programmes of the Wolverton branch Sabbath School and the South England Conference.  Our Elders foster world mission work by studying the worldwide work and encourage members to personally support mission work.

References
SDA Elders’ Handbook 1994
SDA Church Manual 2010
http://www.centralja.org/media/1611/church_officers_officers_job_description_sep_16_2014_01.pdf
http://www.eldersdigest.org