There are two offices of the church mentioned in the Bible: elder and deacon. The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonos, which literally means servant or helper. The deacons, therefore, are the servant-ministers of the church. They are biblically qualified servant officers who are called by God and led by elders. In their role they relieve the elders of some of the multitude of practical duties by caring for the congregations physical welfare.
Deacons have the honor of modeling for the local church and the lost world Gods compassion, kindness, mercy, and love. As the church compassionately cares for people's needs, the world sees a visible display of Christ's love, which will draw the lost to our Savior. Deacons are to be loving, compassionate, committed men who promote harmony and unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace through their service.
2017 Deacon Candidates
Annually, the HHBC congregation is asked for deacon candidate recommendations. Becoming a candidate marks the beginning of a year-long testing process of Bible study, mentoring, and personal interviews, along with a comprehensive doctrinal evaluation. Candidates who successfully complete the testing process are presented to the Elder Council for their endorsement. Candidates are then brought before the church for a congregational vote. Upon approval, each candidate is ordained and installed as a deacon at HHBC.
Voting for this slate of candidates will take place during normal service times on November 18th & 19th.
Presented here are this year’s candidates who have been affirmed by your elders.
Tim was born and raised in Kansas City and has been a member at HHBC for 4 years. He and Carrie have been married 15 years and have four children. Tyler is 11, Finley is 10, and twins Caroline and Penelope are 7. Tim and Carrie serve as co-leaders in the Battiste/Brooke Community Group and lead on Wednesday nights in Hillside Kids.
Jay grew up in Garland, Texas, attended Texas A&M University and moved with his family to Edmond in 2007. Jay and his wife Jody have been married 31 years and have three grown children; Tuck, Klae, and Sloan. The Hendleys have been members at HHBC for 10 years, lead a home Community Group, and are active in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry.
Jason was born at Fort Riley, Kansas and grew up all over the US. He and Shelly have been married 20 years and members of HHBC for 8 years. They have three grown children, Lance, Taylor, and MaKayla and three younger children Karen (14), Jordan (9), and Noah (7). The Kushmauls attend the Shafer Community Group, lead a Hillside Kids Community Group, and volunteer in the Foster and Adoption Ministry (FAM).
Guy is from Tulsa and has been married to Jolene for 13 years. They’ve been HHBC members for 8 years and have four children. Guy Jr. is 7, Gunner is 6, Brenna is 3, and Reese is 2. Guy and Jolene lead a home Community Group and Guy serves on the Pastor Search Advisory Team of 70. He also disciples men in our ESL program.
George was born in Stroud and grew up in Del City. He and Alisa have been married and have attended HHBC for 13 years. George has two adult children, Crystal and Aaron and four grandchildren, and he and Alisa have a daughter Jadyn who’s 8. George and Alisa serve at VBS and attend the Leiphart/Harp Community Group. George also serves as a greeter each week.
Phillip was born in Atlanta but grew up in Spring, Texas. He and Julie married 20 years ago and have three children. Hannah is 15, Molly is 11, and Ava is 7. Phillip and Julie are co-leaders of the Whitaker/Slape Community Group on Sunday mornings and have been members at Henderson Hills for 4 years.
Lance was born in Muskogee but grew up in Grandfield. Lance and Heather became members of HHBC 8 years ago and have been married 15 years. Their four children are Will (13), Hadley (12), Brooks (9), and Ford (6). Lance and Heather co-lead the Watson/Moore Community Group and Lance volunteers as a physician at MOJ and on short-term trips to other countries.
Gaylan was born in Enid and raised in Yukon and Oklahoma City. He and Pam have been married for 19 years and have three adult children; Katie, Carson, and Cooper. Gaylan and Pam co-lead the Yates/Hunt Community Group and have been members at Henderson Hills for 19 years. Gaylan also serves as a volunteer physician at MOJ.
The qualifications of a deacon are outlined in 1 Timothy 3:813 (ESV):
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Annually the congregation is asked for recommendations for men to be deacon candidates. The deacon mentoring process involves multiple-week studies, interviews, and the completion of doctrinal questions. Mentoring usually lasts eight to nine months, and candidates are installed as deacons after approval by the elders and a congregational vote. Deacons serve a series of one-year terms as long they continue to be called and qualified.
Care for Widows
Deacons minister to the widows of our congregation in many ways. For example, deacons are paired up and assigned to a particular widow. They are responsible for contacting her regularly to assess her ministry needs and pray for her.
The deacons also host an annual Widows/Widowers Banquet, which honors the widows and widowers of our church. This event is traditionally held in October.
Deacon Benevolence Fund
The first Wednesday evening worship service of every month an offering specifically for the Deacon Benevolence Fund is taken. Administered by the deacons under the oversight of the elders, this fund provides emergency relief funds to members of our church family who request and qualify for assistance.
Deacons are given the opportunity to serve on one or more of the following teams in addition to serving in other areas of the church.