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 practical duties by caring for the congregation's physical welfare.
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.
The first Wednesday evening worship service of every month, an offering specifically for the Deacon Benevelence 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.
Deacon Qualifications & Selection
The qualifications of a deacon are outlined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
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 as they continue to be called and qualified.
2020 Deacon Candidates
Elbert was born in Van Horn, Texas, grew up in and around Lubbock and lived many years in Sulphur, Oklahoma before moving to Edmond to be close to family. He and Kathy joined Henderson Hills two years ago and have been married 48 years. They have three daughters, Kristin Crawford who is married to Marcus and attends HHBC, Angie and Misty, and nine grandchildren. Elbert started the Radical Mentoring program at Henderson Hills, mentoring groups of eight to ten men each year. He volunteers as a dentist every Thursday at MOJ and enjoys seeing how meeting someone’s dental needs opens their heart to hearing the gospel. He and Kathy serve as greeters and fellowship in the Brown Community Group.
Brad was born in Euless, Texas but grew up in Elkins, Arkansas. He and Brenda were married in 1992 and have three children, Ryan, Ben, who are in their early 20’s and Erin who is a senior in high school. Brad and Brenda became members in 2016 and study the Word in the Yates/Hunt Community Group. They have served in Student Ministry CG Leadership leading a group from 2016 at the beginning of their high school journey as freshmen through graduation in 2020. Brad and Brenda faithfully serve and support the Recovery Ministry at Ministries of Jesus and are an integral part of Henderson Hill’s Prayer Ministry.
Chip is from Oklahoma City and has been married to Cathy for 40 years. They have two children, Dustin, who is with the Lord, and Joni and four grandsons. Chip and his family came to Henderson Hills in 1993 and have been serving behind the scenes ever since. For 27 years Chip has served as an HHBC shuttle driver, taking kids to VBS and camps, groups leaving on mission trips to the airport, students to the English as a Second Language program, and relief workers to Florida and Louisiana after natural disasters. He is a part of HHBC’s early-morning Men’s Prayer Ministry and spends time helping widows and others in our church who need a listening ear or a helping hand. Chip and Cathy are using their spiritual gifts in the Yates/Hunt Community Group.
Members will have the opportunity to vote between November 11-15, 2020.
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:
Benevolence, Helps, Hospital Visitation, Prison Visitation,
Lord's Supper, Prayer Response, Ushers
Financial Counseling, Home Bound, Widows
Nursing Homes, Orphans/Foster & Adoption
For more information, contact Kim Rust.