Leaders in the Early Church

Our congregation does its best to follow the Bible wherever it directs us. This is especially important in the area of church leadership. The church’s mission can quickly go astray with man-made ideas that take the place of God’s truth. We want to determine the kind of leadership established in the early church and follow that example.

Elders

Instead of regional, national, and international ruling bodies, local churches in the first century were led by groups of elders (Acts 14:23). The New Testament uses several names for these men including elders (I Timothy 4:14), overseers/bishops (Titus 1:7), and shepherds/pastors (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:2). Their task is to lead, guard, and nurture the congregation. These men were to posses certain characteristics in order to be appointed as leaders (I Timothy 3:1-8; Titus 1:5-9).

At Holiday Park, we have four men who have been appointed to serve as elders:

Mark Davis
Elder

Jim MCCamy
Elder

Steve Miller
Elder

Earl Wilkerson
Elder / Minister

Deacons

In the New Testament, deacons (from the Greek word for “servants”) were chosen for a specific area of service to the church. These men help carry out the works of ministry that are needed for the church’s mission. The Bible spells out the qualities that these men should possess (I Timothy 3:8-13). The work of deacons is directed by the elders and at Holiday Park, the elders and deacons meet monthly.

At Holiday Park, we have four men who have been appointed to serve as deacons:

Darl Boysel
Deacon

Doug Fields
Deacon

Jim Ice
Deacon

Lee Pellegrino
Deacon

Ministers

In the first century, we see men like Paul, Timothy, and Titus preaching and teaching in the local congregation. These men often received financial support from the church so they could devote their full energies to that work (I Corinthians 9:14; Philippians 4:16-19). Ministers are not called “pastors” in the New Testament because that term is reserved for elders (see above). Some ministers serve as elders (I Timothy 5:17) but the roles of minister and elder are distinct.

At Holiday Park, we have two men who serve as ministers:

Earl Wilkerson
Elder / Minister
Mike Casey
Minister