According to the pattern revealed in the New Testament, churches are to appoint Elders to oversee the work of the congregation. These men are also called Shepherds, Bishops, Presbyters, or Overseers in the scriptures.
The Elders are called to shepherd the flock of God, the church, and to watch over the souls in their care. Qualifications for these men are found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
Ephesus is blessed to have men qualified and willing to serve as Elders. They are:
- Joel Lynn
- Dwight McNatt
Deacons are servants of the church, serving under the oversight of the Elders. At Ephesus, they assist with various works including caring for the church grounds, facilities, and computer systems, making duty assignments, editing/publishing the church bulletin, and other works. Their assistance with these and other duties allows the Elders to focus on the spiritual well-being of the church, so they may “…devote (them)selves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4) Many believe the account in Acts 6:1-6 describes the appointment of the first deacons, although it doesn’t specifically call the seven men by that title.
As with Elders, the New Testament scriptures also specify God’s qualifications for Deacons, which are found in I Timothy 3:8-13.
Ephesus is blessed to have men qualified and willing to serve as Deacons. They are:
- Felix Birdwell
- Bob Brooks
- Eric Woodfin
Ephesus is blessed to have two men committed to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ from the pulpit. They are:
- Robert Fudge
- Matt Lannom