Simply put, a church elder is a man called by God to be an overseer.
According to the Bible, elders are to be known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8), modeling Christ-like service (Matt. 20:26–28; 1 Pet. 5:2), and being practically responsible in their homes, as well as in the workplace (1 Tim. 3:4–7).
Not just any man can serve as an elder—they must be qualified to do so.
The qualifications of elders are laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9.
Elders are synonymously called overseers. An overseer is one who pastors the church like a shepherd herds his flock (Acts 20:28; Eph. 4:11; 1 Pet. 5:2). An elder shepherds the flock under his care.
I thank God for the people he put in my life that got me back to reading the Bible and restoring my relationship with the Lord. Sometime around 1991 God lead us to Plano Christian Church where we have been able to serve others. My wife Jenifer and I, with the help of many others, have been blessed to minister to the elderly at the Hillside Nursing Home in Yorkville. I know the short meditations and singing the old hymns with them and listening to the messages helped them reflect on their walk with Jesus.
My wife Jenifer and I have been married since 1978. We have lived in Big Rock since 1988. We have a daughter, Chelsey.
Serving God’s church at PCC has been a joy in my life. I enjoy working with others up front or behind the scenes to help the worship service go smoothly so others can focus on God.
I worked for AT&T for over 39 years. God blessed me with a great job there.
Over the years it has been great to serve with others and to share in their passion for the lost and to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
My life has been a journey, just as everyone has. I was brought up in a “churched” home, went to parochial schools for my pre-college learning and even considered becoming a priest after high school. However, I felt that God was leading me down a different road. So I went to school for computer engineering. While in college, I had a roommate who was a Christian. He took me to a Degarmo and Key concert where, for the first time, I saw Christians gathering, having fun, and I felt the Spirit. During the alter call, I made a decision for Jesus.
My life has been a continual learning experience since then, whether it be in my career with companies such as AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, GE Medical EMC, Westell Technologies and Adtalem Global Education, or in my hobbies Antique car restoration and music, or in my spiritual walk.
In the last 10 years, I have really gotten into the Bible in ways I never had before. I now believe that the Bible is an integrated message system from the Lord to us, His creation. Every Word, number, letter and marking are there by design. I look at Bible study as a “treasure hunt” and am always amazed at how it all fits together, from Genesis to Revelation.
While in college, I met my wife Amy as we both auditioned for the same Christian Rock band (we were both offered the role of lead singers) and we were married in 1988. We have three children: Michael born in 1990, Matthew born in 1993 and McKenna born in 2000.
If you would like to work along with me at PCC, I participate in the Music worship team as bass player and singer, I work on the Single Moms oil change, I work with the team that does a church service at the Hillside Nursing Home in Yorkville, IL through the year, and I lead the Mezzanine Bound G.R.O.W. Group. I also enjoy going on the Mexico mission trip with Amor ministries to build a house for a family in need.
I ask for your prayers that God would guide me and use me as I work with the other members of the leadership team in helping PCC become an even greater tool for God in the Plano area.
Jesus filled me with His Life-giving Spirit in 2007. That was when my life became something new. Since then, my life and the life of my family, has become naturally supernatural. In 2004, I had the pleasure of marrying my best friend, Christy Motley. We have 2 amazing children, Keira and Kyla, who are passionate about Jesus and love to worship Him. The anointing my Father in Heaven has placed on me is to bring the Kingdom of Heaven wherever I go. My assignment is to replicate Jesus’ ministry in every area. Jesus healed everyone, set people free from demonic oppression, loved the unlovable, and replicated Himself in 120 people at Pentecost. Therefore, true discipleship, is replication. As an Elder at Plano Christian Church, my commitment to you is to train you in the ways of Jesus, so that you can train others, and we will all be the people of the Light. “I am telling you the Truth: those who believe in me will do what I do-yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) GNT
Having grown up in a Christian household, I was blessed to be saved at a young age. I grew up attending a Village Baptist Church in Aurora and was blessed again when I married a beautiful Christian woman, Mayra, thirteen years ago. We have two daughters, Madalynn and Hannah. Living in Plano after moving from Aurora eight years ago, we began attending PCC in the fall of 2009. Living only minutes from the church, it allows me and my family to be actively engaged in multiple ministries. I am a member of the Praise and Worship Team (guitar and sound), Mexico Missions Team, Christmas Marketplace, Small Groups, and the PCC Softball Team.
As a Nursing Director of Critical Care at Presence Mercy Medical Center, I am used to caring for people in need. I love that PCC cares about the community it serves, not only physically but spiritually as well.
I am looking forward to serving as a first time Elder in 2016; learning and growing in the Word, while helping to lead the church in the direction according to God's will.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.