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 will be married for 36 years this August and we have lived most of that time in Big Rock. We have a daughter, Chelsey.
I became a deacon back in the 90’s and then an elder about 10 years ago. 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.
I have been the preaching minister at Plano since 1992. I Graduated from Lincoln Christian College in 1975 and serving for over 40 years. I have a true passion for preaching, casting vision, and seeing new believers mature in their journey with Christ. My wife Kathy and I have always sought to help others on their journey with Christ to take their next step in maturing in Christ. We have two sons both working in Christian ministries and raising their families in Christ. There is no greater joy in my life than to help someone find their way to accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. My passion is to continue to learn more about God so I can share that with others. I have been an Elder since 2012 when as a Church we transitioned to Elder Governance. God continues to do amazing things at P.C.C. and there is nothing more thrilling than to see God working in the lives of People. As a church we are bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of Plano and the surrounding areas.
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 (8) and Hannah (3). 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.
Joy and I have been married for 25 years. Prior to coming to PCC 7 years ago, we had been involved in youth and young adult ministries, small groups, mission outreaches, and music programs. I have been privileged to serve on church leadership teams.
Since joining PCC most of those serving opportunities have continued. Joy enjoys serving in the nursery and I reassure the connections made with the youth on Sunday evenings at the ZONE. Our desire is to continue to serve at PCC for many years to come.