Snellville Church of Christ
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Loving God, Loving People

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 “Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (1 Peter 5:1-4).
 
“It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

 
Elders, shepherds, pastors, overseers, presbyters, bishops – whichever biblical name we use to describe these brothers – we are talking about an important part of God’s plan for the local church. The above verses tell us this role of guidance is reserved for mature men who have learned control and submission to God. They have demonstrated their ability by raising submissive children and managing their household well. They are men who are willing to teach and feed the sheep of the congregation.
 
Hebrews 13:17 instructs us to “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”  These men definitely have a great responsibility. As Peter said, they shepherd us, guiding and leading us on to heaven, feeding us with wisdom from God’s word. Sometimes they do this by teaching the entire congregation, sometimes by teaching classes, sometimes by mentoring individuals. Whatever the case, their job is ceaseless and we appreciate their sacrifice.  We are privileged to have the men below serving and leading us as our shepherds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Blair
Scott has been a member of Snellville since September, 1996.  He was baptized in May, 1974 at Hillcrest Church of Christ.  Scott is married to Becky and they have three children:  Tim, Jay, and Samantha.  They also have nine grandchildren.  Scott began serving as an elder at Snellville in 2003.
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monty Joseph
Monty and his family came to Snellville in July of 1993. He obeyed the gospel at the North National Church of Christ in Springfield, MO in August of 1978. Monty is married to Melanie (Barnes) and they have four children: Aaron, Connor, Molly & Emma. Monty began his service as an elder on June 29, 2014
   
 
 
 
 
 


 
Ted van den Meiracker

Ted has been a member at the Snellville congregation since 1992.  He became a Christian on May 17, 1988, being baptized into Christ at the North Atlanta church of Christ.  Ted is married to Cheryl Ann (Costin) van den Meiracker and they have two children, Matt and Hannah.  He began serving as an elder at Snellville on June 6, 2010.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eddie Warlick
Eddie has been a member at Snellville since 1992 and an elder since 2007. He is married to Mindi and they have  three children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest daughter Rachel Tant, is married to Frank and they have four children. Their son Ryan is married to Lisa and they also have children. Their youngest, Emily Holden, is married to Dillon.