According to the Bible, the church is to be led by qualified and called men as elders. Simply put, a church elder is a man called by God to be an overseer. According to the Bible, elders are to be known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8) , modelling Christ-like service (Matt. 20:26-28 ; 1 Pet. 5:2) , and being practically responsible in their homes, as well as in the workplace (1 Tim. 3:4-7). Not just any man can serve as an elder they must be qualified to do so.
Paul is married to Sue and they have 4 children; all married and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren. They have lived in Loughborough since they were married in 1987.
Paul works half time for the church and half time in his own business as a consultant and trainer.
Paul has been involved in the leadership of Grace from the beginning and looks forward to seeing what God does with his church in the future.
Steve is married to Pam and they have 3 sons all married and 3 beautiful grandsons. Steve and Pam have lived in the Loughborough area for over 50 years and been married for over 40 years.
Steve and Pam joined Grace Church when Steve retired from leading Mountsorrel Baptist Church for 30 years and now continues to preach in local churches most Sundays.
Steve says it has been great to see God working in and through Grace Church, growing in numbers and growing in Christlikness.
The term deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos meaning servant or minister. The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6 . As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities. Simply put, these are men and women who are called by God to serve others in practical ways.
Church organisers organise activities the church members are involved with in the church. People who are gifted in playing music are encouraged to get involved with the worship team which is lead by the group organisers. People who are gifted in prayer are encouraged to join the prayer team. Simply put, people with the same gifting are encouraged to join teams and the organisers help by organising things with them. Want to get involved in any of the groups? Just talk to the people below:
CHURCH SOCIAL PLANNING TEAM
DESIGN AND WEBSITE TEAM
James and Anita Welch
Jack and Kat Hook
Paul & Sue Harrison