The congregational meeting to vote on our new officers will be Sunday, May 5.
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Dear Church Family
I want to take this opportunity to write to you about the process that Jeff Eisman and Dan Wray went through to get to this point. As a Session, we take Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 5:22 very seriously. It says, “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands.” Given the Biblical commands about elders and deacons and the directives of our Book of Church Order, our Session agreed upon “Six Gates” that officer nominees must go through in order to be considered for election. Those six gates are:
- NOMINATION (Aug 2018): Session reviews each man’s nomination that was submitted by a church member in the month of August.
- INTERVIEW #1 (Sep 2018): Approved nominees are interviewed by a commission of the Session. That commission then recommends each man to move forward with training or not.
- TRAINING (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019): Approved nominees go through several weeks of training through our LEAD class. LEAD is devoted to teaching each man: The Offices and Roles of Elder and Deacon, Bible Content, Theology, Sacraments, Polity and the PCA, Shepherding, Practical Ministry, and the Means of Grace. Reading, listening, and video requirements are a part of this. LEAD is directed by the Senior Pastor and several other elder-trainers.
- EXAMS (Feb 2019): Written Exam and Oral Exam, which includes a conversation with each nominee’s wife. The training team of elders then recommend nominees to the Session.
- INTERVIEW #2 (Mar 2019): Approved nominees are interviewed again by the entire Session. The Session then recommends candidates to the congregation.
- CONGREGATIONAL VOTE (May 2019): Recommended candidates are given to the congregation, and the congregation votes on each candidate.
As you can see, these men are at the last gate. The congregational meeting to vote on these candidates will be Sunday, May 5, 2019. Please know that each candidate received a unanimous recommendation from the LEAD training team of elders and also from the entire Session through this process. The Session is pleased to submit and recommend these candidates to you for election.
We also have two other nominees: Bill Macurda (elder) and Robert Slifer (deacon). These men went through training years ago and are already ordained to their respective offices; however, our by-laws require these men to be re-nominated and re-elected since they have either just finished a sabbatical or have completed a term of service. Once again, the Session gives a unanimous recommendation for Bill and Robert to be re-elected to serve another three-year term.
Candidate for Deacon
I grew up attending Calvary church and gave my life to Christ when I was 12. During my teenage years I strayed from the church and from following the Lord. After I met Sandra and we began our family I felt the Lord calling me back to the church and rededicated myself to the Lord and Sandra turned her life over to God at that time and we became members of Christ Covenant Church. Today Sandra and I are active within the church, spend time daily reading the word together when I am in town. When I am out of town, we encourage each other to continue reading. Daily I try to live putting Christ first in everything I do and enjoy sharing the word with others I come into contact with.
Sandra and I met in our late teens and early 20’s and got engaged within a week. We have been married now for 32 years. We waited a year before being married at Calvary Church on Fairview Road. We have two children Amanda who is 28, married to Jason Huffman. They have a daughter Nicole and are expecting their second child in May. Our son Michael is 26, married Elizabeth almost two years ago, they are planning to wait a little longer before starting a family. I work for Unistrut Carolinas as foreman installing Unistrut support systems, mostly for the medical field. I have worked for Unistrut for 29 years. Most weeks I travel leaving on Monday and returning on Friday. Due to my traveling it is very difficult to pursue hobbies. When I do get the chance, I enjoy carpentry and spending time with Sandra.
Sandra and I began at Redeemer within the first month of meeting at Sun Valley. During that time, we have been involved in short term missions to West Virginia, Biloxi Mississippi and New Orleans. I have served on the sound team, communion table setup, and car care ministries. I have served on the setup team since we began attending.
I enjoy helping others within the church, and through that I was approached several times by other members to consider becoming a Deacon. Sandra and I enjoy spending as much time as possible together and enjoy making each other laugh no matter the circumstances. I desire to return as Deacon to help others within the church and community, wherever the Lord guides me so I can be a blessing to those in need.
Candidate for Deacon
I was born in Louisville, KY into a Christian home and belonging to the same church as my grandparents. In fact, one of my earliest memories of the church is of Sunday School with my grandmother teaching. I believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but in looking back I can’t point to a specific day when that happened.
I have had wonderful Christian examples throughout my life coming from my family that pointed me to Christ along the way. It wasn’t until college and the early years of marriage to Angie where I felt my faith and knowledge of the Lord deepen though the example and encouragement that she showed daily.
Angie and I have 4 children: Cora, Noah, Judah, and Naomi. Our greatest joy in being parents is seeing the awesome gifts and talents that the Lord has blessed them with and helping them grow and develop for God’s glory.
I work for an engineering firm as a GIS (Geographic Information System) Analyst and enjoy sports, hanging out with my family, riding my bike, and watching the kids’ activities.
We have been at Redeemer for almost 5 years, and I have participated in the morning set-up team and teaching 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School. I feel called to serve Redeemer as a deacon. Especially helping serve as we transition to a permanent building. Angie and I are both looking forward to see what God has planned for our family and Redeemer.
Candidate for Elder
Though I have believed in God for as long as I can remember, I didn’t start walking with him until I was nineteen years old. I look back on my early years with so much regret, knowing that I missed out on time that could have been spent getting to know and developing a relationship with the Lord. I’m not sure how, but I became convinced in my mind that the Lord wouldn’t save me until I could somehow clean myself up and go a certain amount of time without any major sin. Thankfully, the Lord put some people in my life who would encourage me to realize that this is not the true gospel. When I first became a Christian, I remember reading Philippians 3 and finding so much of what Paul wrote in that chapter resonating in my heart. Paul looked back on the things that he had spent his life pursuing and called them “rubbish”. But now he wouldn’t dwell on that anymore. “Forgetting what lies behind,” he had resolved to pursue a righteousness that depends on faith in Christ. What an incredible example for a person like me who had so many regrets from early in life. Even after becoming a Christian I somehow went several years without really appreciating how much the Lord speaks to us through his Word. I am so grateful to the Lord as he has taken me through challenges and trials in my adult life, every time comforting and assuring me that he is at work, often giving me specific encouragement in his Word. My time in his Word each morning has become my favorite part of the day.
My life outside of church is simple and consists of two callings: family and work. I met my wife, Amy, within a few weeks of moving to Charlotte in 2002. We met where all good Christian couples meet – at church. We have three kids on earth and one in heaven. Each of them have brought us incredible joy and we’re still trying to figure out how these vastly different creatures all came from the same parents.
At work I am the CFO of FHG, Inc. FHG stands for “For His Glory” and we have the awesome privilege of working as a construction company in the oil and gas industry while trying to bring God glory in all that we do, especially in the ways that we treat our customers and employees. I am reminded on a daily basis of my inadequacy and need for the Lord’s help as I strive to lead the company in the right direction.
At Redeemer I help teach in both the Children’s Ministry and in the adult Sunday School program. I have really enjoyed serving in this capacity, especially when the children listen and the adults are on their best behavior. I also served on the Pulpit Nominating Committee and was blessed to have met so many great candidates and to have learned from several wise and discerning teammates. Our family has been a part of the Timberlake Life Group for 7 years, which is probably about 5 years longer than they’ve wanted to have us in their Life Group.
Amy and I are excited about the possibility of taking this next step as members at Redeemer. I know already that I will need to lean heavily on the Lord and on the other elders for wisdom and guidance and am looking forward to being stretched in this way.
Candidate for Elder
Bill has been a member and ruling elder (RE) for Church of the Redeemer since 2007. Previously he was an RE at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN 1994-1999.
He was married to Nancy Macurda for 46 years until her death in 2014. After being a widower for two years, He married Judy Waters in 2016. Between their two blended families they have 6 children – 5 sons and 1 daughter, 16 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Half of those families live in the Charlotte area and the other half lives around Atlanta. Bill and Judy are both retired and spend the majority of their time with church and church family related activities: Life Group; Bible Studies; Hospitality; Transition and building committees. Other activities include baking, family, gardening, traveling, attending concerts and playing bridge.
May God receive all the glory!