OUR STAFF AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Elders, Deacons/Deaconesses and Trustees
The framework for leadership at the Durkeetown Baptist is found in the Holy Scriptures. The Bible establishes two offices (Elders and Deacons) for leadership over the church. The responsibilities of these two offices are to be carried out by godly men who are appointed by the local church.
Council of Elders
Pastor Mike Neigh
Pastor Ken Prater
Elders - we believe in a plurality of mature, godly, male Elders who lead, guard and teach the Church in keeping with the following Biblical instruction: 1 Peter 5:1-4; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7. At present we have four Elders: Two are full-time, paid, ordained ministers of the gospel. Two Elders are either retired or presently employed in full-time work outside the church and serving within the Council.
Dave Holck (Chair)
Deacons - we believe in a plurality of mature, godly, male deacons who care for the needs of the congregation in areas of spiritual encouragement, overseeing physical needs, care for the poor, widows and orphans. (1 Timothy 3:8-10, 12-13)
We believe the Bible would also teach that the church is to "do all things properly and in an orderly manner" (1 Corinthians 14:40). In light of this instruction, we have organized additional levels of leadership offices that will help us keep things proper and in an orderly manner.
Kathy Van Wie
Deaconness - a council of mature, godly women who are charged with care for the needs of ladies within the congregation, helping our deacons in caring for the poor, widows and orphans.
Ray Jenks (Chair)
Trustees - a council of six mature, godly men who are charged with care for the church facility and finances.
Within the structure of our leadership framework, all leadership teams are under the jurisdiction of the Council of Elders. Each leadership team meets monthly and about four times a year we all gather together for prayer, instruction and planning.
MINISTRY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Apprentices - men and women being trained in our church by our church leaders and for our church.
Believing one of the primary responsibilities of the Elders is to develop church leaders by identifying, training and discipling those gifted to teach and lead, they have developed the Ministry Apprenticeship Program. The vision is to train up leaders who are studying and serving in their local church community.