Faith Baptist Church is led and governed by a group of godly men called Elders, of whom the Lead Pastor is one. These are men in whose lives the working of the Holy Spirit is evident, who have given a worthy witness of the authority of Christ in their lives, who are called by the Spirit of God to serve as elders, and who have met the qualifications for this office given in the Scriptures: 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; and 1 Peter 5:2-3, who have been called by God to serve as Elders, and who have been appointed by the Council of Elders.
The Responsibilities of the Elders are:
- Exercising a shepherd’s watch over the church, the flock of God (Acts 20:28; John 21:15-17).
- Showing a consistent study and teaching of the Word of God (1 Tim. 5:17, 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:12).
- Encouraging others by sound doctrine and refuting in love, through biblical church discipline, those who oppose and contradict the Word of God (James 5:19-20; Galatians 6:1; Titus 1:9; Matthew 18:1-35).
- Giving diligent labor, caring leadership, exhortation, and guided counsel in the Word (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).
- Praying for the sick (James 5:13-16).
- Overseeing the operations and ministries of the church (Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 5:17).
- Equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
With Dr. Garrett Starr, these men currently serve as elders at Faith Baptist Church. Please continue to pray for them, their families, and their ministry to our church family.
Trent Davis and his wife, Lisa, have been married for twenty-six years and have three children: Hannah, Timothy, and Rachel. Trent is an ordained Southern Baptist minister having served as a pastor at churches in Texas and North Dakota before following God’s call to the military chaplaincy. As an Air Force Chaplain for the past twenty-two years, he has led chapels and worship communities, strengthened marriages, and offered the love of Jesus Christ to warfighters and military families at bases in seven states and in six foreign countries. Trent earned his Bachelor of Science at Longwood University, a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science at Air Command and Staff College, and a Master of National Security Strategy at National War College. He also completed coursework toward a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska and toward a Doctor of Ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Trent is active teaching God’s Word weekly to men and to young married couples on Ramstein AB and at Faith Baptist Church.
Dr. Pablo Oliveira Antonino and his wife, Elisa, have been married for ten years and they have two children: Helena and Benjamin. He has served as a Worship Leader and a bass and guitar player in Presbyterian and Baptist Churches in Brazil, and here at Faith Baptist Church since 2010. He has also led Bible study groups in homes for English and Portuguese speakers. Pablo coordinates a monthly service for Portuguese speakers at Faith Baptist Church. Dr. Oliveira is the Head of the Embedded Software Engineering Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern. He is also a Lecturer at the Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and at the International Management for Business and Information Technology University in Mannheim. Dr. Oliveira earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, a Master in Computer Science from the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil, a Bachelor in Computer Science from the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, and a Bachelor in Telecommunications Technologies from the Federal Center for Technology Education, Brazil.
Jonathan Shockey and his wife, Joy, have been married for twenty-five years and they have two children: Savannah and Landen. Jonathan has served as a deacon here at Faith as well as at Cool Springs Baptist Church in North Carolina, as a children’s, young adult, and multi-generational Sunday School class teacher, in the music ministry of six churches, and as a member of Gideons International since 2001. Jonathan currently teaches the Young Adult Singles class at Faith. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Virginia Tech and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle. He is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies from Liberty University. A former C-130 pilot, he retired with twenty years of active duty service, then served as a Department of the Air Force Civilian for seven years before returning to active duty in 2019.
In order to fulfill their ministry in the New Testament church, the elders of Faith Baptist Church must both cultivate and actively engage in a constant life of studying the Word of God, the doctrines of the faith, and numerous volumes germane to elder ministry. Thus, to keep the membership of Faith Baptist Church informed of the elders’ intentionality and faithfulness in this regard, listed below are links to the books which are part of the elders’ weekly course of study as they lead and serve our church family.
Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership by Alexander Strauch
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
Handbook of Church Discipline: A Right and Privilege of Every Church Member by Jay E. Adams
God, Marriage, & Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas Köstenberger
More titles will follow.
What is required to serve as an Elder at Faith Baptist Church?
All potential Elders must meet the biblical requirements for the office given in the Scriptures: 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; and 1 Peter 5:2-3.
Moreover, Elders must be church members of a church of like doctrine and practice to Faith Baptist Church for at least two years, and members of Faith Baptist Church for at least six months prior to beginning the Elder Selection Process. Potential future elders must be invited into the Elder Selection Process by the Elder Council, followed by an affirmation into the office by the unanimous consent of the Elder Council, and affirmation by the congregation according to the constitution and by-laws of Faith Baptist Church.