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Church Leadership and Officers


The New Testament uses the terms "elders," "overseers," and "pastors" to mean the same thing, namely, a group of men recognized to serve as officers in the church, charged with the tasks of teaching the Word of God and providing oversight to the members of a local congregation (see Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4). Some elders are vocational elders, meaning the church provides them financial support so that they can dedicate more of their time and energies to this task. Other elders may be non-vocational, supporting themselves financially through work done outside the church. Yet all of our elders share equal authority in leading our congregation.


In the New Testament, deacons were publicly recognized church officers who were given authority to oversee some aspect of the physical needs of the church and were entrusted with the resources of the church to carry out their duties (see Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13). At Bread of Life, our deacons serve in various capacities to help ensure that the elders can devote their full attention to the ministry of the Word of God and prayer. They help facility ministry among the congregation and work together to help recognize and address specific needs within the church community.

  • Doug Strong 

  • Randy Gullo

  • Steve Owens 

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