The Elders are members of the body led by the Senior Pastor who provide general watch, care and oversight. They continually evaluate the teaching ministry of the church and review major ministry decisions and strategic initiatives. They use their wisdom, discernment and shepherding gifts to ensure the church remains on a true course biblically and that the life of the church is being well managed with the assistance of other competent and Godly leaders. Scripture indicates that the ultimate decision-making authority in the church rests with the elders.
Scripture also states the role of elder is equal to that of an overseer. They are to care about the spiritual and physical well-being of members, regularly praying for the sick. They are to lead by example and seek the mind of Christ (who is the head of the church), in all matters through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. They are to guard the body against harmful influences so that the truth of Christ will remain credible to both the congregation and the community (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28-31; Titus 1:9; James 5:14).
Spouse: Gay Martin (deceased)
Year Married: 1990
Children: Bryan (& Candi), Chad (& Kelly), Tiana, Jennifer (deceased), Kristen (& TJ)
Grandchildren: Madeleine, Meghan, Kyle, Sierra, Jada, Emileigh, Ellie, Cora
Year began working at SUCC: I think pretty much when we hit the door in 2001
Faith Background: I have been going to church since I was 2 yrs old. (Christian church) Baptized when I was 9 yrs old by my father.
Book: Any book by John Ortberg or Max Lucado
TV show: Alaska the last frontier
Place to Eat: Carrabba's
Vacation Destination: St. Pete Beach or Kauai
Something unexpected we might not know about you: When I was much much younger I did a lot of Spelunking (exploring caves) but the last time I went I almost didn't make it back out! Also, I love ocean kayaking and woodworking!