It belongs to those in the office of Elders (i.e., the Session), both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein. They must exercise government and discipline, and take oversight not only of the spiritual interests of the particular church, but also the Church generally when called thereunto. They should visit the people at their homes, especially the sick. They should instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourner, and nourish and guard the children of the Church. They should set a worthy example to the flock entrusted to their care by their zeal to evangelize the unconverted and make disciples. All those duties which private Christians are bound to discharge by the law of love are especially incumbent upon them by divine vocation, and are to be discharged as official duties. They should pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock…He that fills this office should possess a competency of human learning and be blameless in life, sound in the faith and apt to teach. He should exhibit a sobriety and holiness of life becoming the Gospel. He should rule his own house well and should have a good report of them that are outside the Church.
Elders are elected by the Grace + Peace members based on the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
My name is Peter Croft, and my spouse is Annie Croft. We have a son, Rockson (7 months). I am Director of Business Development for a private Real Estate investment firm called Stallion Capital Management.
My name is Sam Eddings, and I am married to Shannon. Our children are Porter (6), Dottie (5), and Lucy Beane (2). I have my own business doing commercial refrigeration maintenance.
My name is Randy Lucas, and my spouse is Stacey. Our kids are Molly, Matthew, Callie, and Owen. I work as a Technical Operations Manager for Texas Systems Group, a local IT provider.
My name is Matthew Pipkin. My wife, Raine, and I have a four year old son named George. I’m a commercial real estate broker and developer who enjoys good food, good music, and good fly fishing.
My name is Daniel Pope, and my wife is Robbie Jane. After five years of teaching at Regents School of Austin, I began studies at UT Law where I’m a second-year law student.
DEacons & Deaconesses
It is the duty of the Deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregations. To the office of Deacon, which is spiritual in nature, shall be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound judgment. The role of Deaconess is not an ordained office of the church. However, they are charged with assisting the Deacons in all their work and should be held to the same standards as the men.
The deacons and deaconesses of Grace + Peace also maintain the Deacon Beacon. The Deacon Beacon is a phone number you can call to connect with the diaconate in case of a physical or material need for yourself or a neighbor. Don't hesitate to reach out! Call (737) 808-2336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request benevolence by filling out the form here, which goes directly to the Grace + Peace deacons and deaconesses.
Deacons and deaconesses are elected by the Grace + Peace members based on the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:8-16.
My name is Clark Shuford, my wife is Jennifer, and my children are Soren and Calliope. I’m an electrical engineer working in hardware design verification for mobile graphics.