The Calling of an Elder

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The Bible establishes some key qualifications for elders (Titus 1:6-9, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1–41 Timothy 3:1–7). They are to share this in common: a seasoned maturity in their Christian faith, and a solid commitment to the spiritual guidance of their church.



Grace Church is led by an Elder Board of diverse career experiences and cultural backgrounds, walking with God in various of stages of life.

What do Elders do?

What do Elders do? Once a month, Grace’s volunteer Elders set aside an evening to engage with current issues affecting the church and to focus on our future. An Elder's job is to ask, “Where do we see God leading our church in the future, one or five years down the road?” The Elders set our overall mission and vote on policies, budgets, capital projects, etc., and I (as the senior pastor) am charged with mobilizing staff and ministries to accomplish the mission.

The Elders are also involved in praying with people who are in need (see James 5:14-16), and assisting in our searches for Ministry Staff. I am grateful for the Elders the Lord has appointed through the voting of our congregation at past Annual Meetings. Our next Annual Meeting is Tuesday, May 21. 

Appointing New Elders
Nominations are being accepted through March 3.
Each February, an elected Committee prayerfully considers which individuals might serve as Elders.  If you know a Grace member who fits the qualifications of an Elder, please speak with that person to get their consent, and then send us an email. Please put "Nominating Committee" in your subject line:

Current Elders
Elders currently serving on the board, and their terms of service (as of June 30th) are listed below. You can read more about each of them here. Elders are eligible to serve two consecutive 3-year terms (those completing their 2nd term are noted by * below).

Class of 2019
* DJ Eidson
Josh Grusendorf
Jeff Goodrich
Josh Palcic

Class of 2020
Steve Atkins
Russ Czellath
Darrick Culver
Bob Wido

Class of 2021
* Richard King
* Lance Mayer
* Keir Thelander
* Brian Wellman

Hal Kruger, Treasurer
Diane Farrell, Finance Secretary

Pray for Your Elders
Would you pray for the Elder team here at Grace, that the Lord will continue to guide them?
When you see them, be sure to thank them for investing their time and energy in our church family!

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