"I resign the highest office in the land to become the President of the United States”.
This statement was made by James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, following his inauguration to the presidency in 1881.
He had been an elder in the church of Christ for several years prior to the election.
His profound declaration well illustrates the magnitude of the worth of the office of elder. It is an intrinsic part of the church, instituted by God himself.
The role of an elder carries the responsibilities of guiding, directing, teaching, counseling, exampling, and protecting the church which he oversees. He is a servant, chosen by the Holy Spirit, to care for the church of God, purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). The execution of these duties should always be with an attitude of grateful servitude.
Having served for several years as a deacon, I am now humbled to serve as an elder, being so appointed in September 2017.
I was born in the state of Arkansas in 1945, and raised in central California, since age 5. My educational background consists of an AA, BA, and MA degrees, plus further studies in the insurance and financial services industries. It is in these latter two fields that I now am an independent broker.
My wife, Gloria, and I are parents to three children and five adult grandchildren. She is a tremendous encouragement, inspiration, and support to me, plus a tireless worker in the church.
As a body of believers, may we walk together in righteousness, giving praise, honor, and glory to the God of our salvation.