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 seven very conscientious deacons at Central.

Tony Kiefer
Tony Kiefer
Sean White
Sean White
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

Robert began serving as a minister at Central in July, 2013. He firmly believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He loves seeing how the reality of Jesus works and grows an unwavering faith in people’s lives as they develop a personal relationship with God through His word. In addition to ministry, Robert’s hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, playing games, and spending quality time with his family.

 

 

Family:

Robert is a native West Texan, who grew up in the world’s biggest small town of San Angelo. He met his wife, Elizabeth, at Mid-South Youth Camp (Henderson, TN) in the summer of 2010. They went to Freed-Hardeman University together, and were married in Elizabeth’s stomping grounds of Memphis, TN in September 2011. They now have a son, Canaan, and two fur-babies: Gizmo (dog) and Minion (cat).

Education:

Robert received his preaching school diploma from the Brown Trail School of Preaching (2008), and later received his undergraduate degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (2013). He is currently working on a Master’s of Arts degree in New Testament through Freed-Hardeman.

Ministry:

During his time at Brown Trail, Robert preached for four different congregations on a monthly basis and assisted the Bedford church of Christ with their youth ministry. After graduating from Brown Trail, he served the Collinsville church of Christ in Illinois as their associate minister for a two years (2008-2010). Deciding to continue his education at Freed-Hardeman, Robert then served as a minister at the Red Walnut church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN from 2010-2013.  During this time, Robert and Elizabeth breifly worked with the Tennessee Children’s Home in Pinson as residential counselor. They became a part of the Central family in 2013 after graduating from Freed-Hardeman. Robert and Elizabeth gladly serve the state of Kentucky as foster parents.