Leadership in the Church of Christ is divided between three different roles: elders, deacons, and ministers.

One group of functional leaders which God placed within the church is described by three different terms in the New Testament. We usually call them “elders” (Titus 3:1), but two other terms used in the New Testament to refer to this group and the work they do are “overseer” (I Timothy 3:1) and “shepherd” (I Peter 5:1-2).

In part, we know the responsibilities of the elder/overseer/shepherd by how these terms were used in New Testament times. The title “elder” indicated someone who by reason of experience and wisdom were recognized as community leaders and examples. The word “overseer” (or “bishop”) suggested a manager or administrator. It carried the idea of someone who was a “steward”, that is, someone who was responsible for making sure that jobs get done and that the general welfare of the community is provided for. And finally, the word “shepherd” (or “pastor”) indicated a person who cared for the well-being of others. It suggested the idea of being responsible for protecting and providing for others.

Two clearly marked lists of qualifications of the elder/overseer/shepherd are found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. The purpose in both of these passages is to show us the kind of leaders God wants us to have. We are blessed to have four men like these shepherding our congregation.

Bryant Beames
Bryant Beames
Jim Faughn
Jim Faughn
John Miller
John Miller
Stuart Yancy
Stuart Yancy

At Central we are blessed to have a wonderful group of deacons. Like elders, deacons are a special class of functional leaders in the church. We know this because, like elders, the New Testament presents a list of qualifications which must be met before one can serve as a deacon (I Timothy 3:8-13).

The name “deacon” literally means a servant and suggests that they are assistants who serve under the supervision of the elders/overseers/shepherds. Their responsibilities are quite varied as they carry out many different types of service including, but certainly not limited to, ministering to the needy, visiting the sick, caring for the church’s property, and assisting at worship. Presently we are blessed with nine very conscientious deacons at Central.

Tony Kiefer
Tony Kiefer
Tim Mabry
Tim Mabry
Sean White
Sean White
Jeff Mabry
Jeff Mabry
Hank Pollard
Hank Pollard
Greg Sanderson
Greg Sanderson
Dave Schulte
Dave Schulte
David Graziano
David Graziano
Tim Heath
Tim Heath

Our ministers are, first of all, servants of Christ and His people (Romans 15:16; Philippians 2:25). They fulfill this role through the proclamation of the Gospel and daily Christian living (1 Timothy 4:1-16). Our ministers are serve publically as a spiritual resource to the local congregation and community (Acts 24:23, 26:16).

Robert Guinn

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Robert Guinn

Robert Guinn is a native of San Angelo, Texas. After graduating high school, he moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to attend the Brown Trail School of Preaching and began helping area congregations through part-time preaching.

In 2008, Robert graduated from Brown Trail and moved to Collinsville, Illinois to work with the church as an associate minister for a two year internship. Robert was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the Theological University of America, while ministering to the Collinsville area. Realizing his need for continued education and growth, Robert moved to Henderson, Tennessee to attend Freed-Hardeman University.

In July of 2010, Robert began working with the Red Walnut church of Christ in Bath Springs, Tennessee as their youth minister, later becoming their pulpit minister the following December. During this time, Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Freed-Hardeman. Robert moved to Kentucky and has served the Central congregation since July 2013.

Robert married former Elizabeth Nabors. They have one dog, Gizmo, and a cat, Minion. Before moving to western Kentucky in July 2013, Robert and Elizabeth worked with the Tennessee Children’s Home as Residential Counselors. They now serve the state of Kentucky as certified therapeutic foster parents.

In addition to local ministry, Robert has had the opportunity to speak on Gospel meetings, summer series, summer youth series and youth rallies in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.