Deacon Selection

According to scripture, deacon selection is based upon an individual's character, commitment, and service to Christ and His church.

A DEACON SHOULD:

  • Be above reproach, both inside and outside the church. (1 Tim.3:7,10) 

  • Be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 6:3) 

  • Not be self-centered, quick-tempered, violent or contentious. (1 Tim 3:3) 

  • Abstain from any association with alcohol, drugs, etc. that would distort his testimony or cause another believer to stumble. (1 Tim. 3:3,8) 

  • Be in control of his tongue as evidenced by the fact that he is not a gossip, can keep confidences, and is not a critical person. (1 Tim. 3:3,8) 

  • Be one who manages his own household well, resulting in love and respect from his wife and children, if married. Be “the husband of one wife” with a demonstrated knowledge of the God-ordained institution of marriage. (1 Tim. 3:12) 

  • Know what he believes and be able to discern false doctrine and share the truth with others.(1 Tim.3:2,9,16) 

  • Be free from the love of money and diligently seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (1 Tim. 3:8; Matt. 6:33) 

  • Be a mature Christian, not a new convert.(1 Tim.3:6,10) 

  • Be a New Testament steward as evidenced by giving generously to First Baptist Church as God has prospered him, (1 Cor. 16:1, 2) and tithe 10% of his income to the ministry of the church. 

  • Do all in his power to create and preserve harmony in the church. (1 Tim. 3:13) 

  • Recognize the God-given leadership role incumbent upon the Pastor and seek to serve under that leadership. (Titus 1:5-9) 

  • If married, be one whose wife is guided by these same principles. (1 Tim. 3:11)

Our Current Active Deacons:

Name

James P. (Boots) Adcock

Ray Brownlee

John Bugg

Coleman Davis

Scott Godheim

Mark McDonald

Andrew McNair

Bill Morrow

Mark Nipper

Steve Shissler

Steve Shouse

Chris Steele

David Cruzado

Tim Falter

Jeff Hanna

Byron Humphrey

Dee Owen

Ed Raburn

Mark Rothman

Jason Runkles

David Sparkman

Chad Varney

Carl Brosky

Dennis Carr

Trevor Falls

Chris Heynio

Johnny Kennedy

Ted Tomlinson

Daniel Walker

Mike Witchoskey

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