In addition to the biblically mandated charge of diligently keeping the church anchored to the Word of God and growing in the Holy Spirit, the elders are responsible for holding the senior pastor accountable to the guiding principles under the Accountable Leadership organizational structure.
One of the highest priorities of our elders is prayer. Prayer is the lifeblood of the church. Nothing is more important than an effective prayer life founded upon the truth of God’s word. Prayer without truth is worthless. Knowing the word without a relationship with God that is evident by an active prayer life is incomplete. If an elder cannot be faithful in this fundamental issue, the church will have no power.
The authority rests with the elder board alone, not individuals. The elder chairman sets the agenda and runs the meetings but all elders are equal.
|Scott Edwards, Chairman
Wife: April, Children: Jake, Zachary, & Katterli
I became an elder in December 2008 after serving as a deacon for two and a half years. One of my passions is Christian Apologetics balanced with grace and the heart. I enjoy camping with my family and friends and marveling at the wonder of God's creation. April is a leader with the youth and I lead one of the young marrieds adult small groups.
|Paul Gray, Vice Chairman
Wife: Cheryl, Children: Diana & Stephanie, 2 Grandchildren
My desire is to be a godly man and leader for CrossPointe Church. Over the years Christ has developed in me a real heart for children; I currently serve as a leader for Preschool Worship every Sunday morning. The children know that “Uncle Paul” loves them and that Jesus loves them, too. Also I lead the Financial Peace University classes, and my wife and I organize the CrossPointe Giving Tree.
|Dan Ryan, Secretary
Wife: Jackie, Children: DJ & Sean
I started as an elder in January 2004. My personal passion is to know Christ and to help others to know Him better through prayer, the Bible, others, and through life experiences. My favorite past time is bike riding.
Wife: Kari, Children: Johanna, Benjamin, Timothy, & Libby
I began serving as a CrossPointe elder in August 2011. My hearts desire and greatest challenge is to live each day in faithful obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have always enjoyed music and currently serve as a vocalist on the Creative Arts Team. I also lead one of the adult growth groups and ring bells in the handbell choir. Kari and I are homeschooling our children and find this to be a challenging yet rewarding adventure.
Our mission as identified in the Bible is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by ministering in a servant’s role with a servant’s heart, first to the Body of Christ, then to those in our neighboring communities and ultimately to the world at large... to humbly serve the Lord, our Pastor/Elders, staff and congregation through prayer, visitation, spiritual counsel, administration of ordinances and charitable deeds; being visual representatives of the presence of Christ within the organization of the church.
The duties and qualifications of the office of deacon are well defined in the bible and are not taken lightly. Deacon Associates are individuals who have been identified as having these qualifications and have been asked to serve in a “trial mode” for one year to ensure this position is a good fit for them, the deacons, and the church body. During this time they assume all roles and responsibilities of the deacon body. This one year period culminates with the associate being ordained by the church as a deacon.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven," Ecclesiastes 3:1.