2023-2024 Vote Results
The Elders, along with the pastoral staff, are the spiritual leaders of our congregation. These leaders form a partnership of mutual support and accountability with the pastoral staff so that spiritual leadership might be a dynamic force in the body of Christ, enabling the church to become all that God wills for it. Though the elders are endowed with authority in the church, the most important characteristics are humility, joy, love, a combination of grace and truth, and a desire for Christlikeness through the power of the Holy Spirit—goals toward which we continually aspire.
Because we believe that God creates men and women as equals (Genesis 1:26-27), and because it is obvious that God endows leadership gifts to both men and women, elders consist of men and women.
Elders are elected for three-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms.
Elders for the 2023-2024 year are
Jim Zoller (Secretary)
David Mercer (Treasurer)
Mike Spateholts (Facilities Steward Chair)
Donnie Stockin (2024)
Daryl Stevenson (2024)
Tim McGarvey (2024)
Ken Bates (2025)
Jan Schilke (2025)
Paul Young (2025)
Josie Adenuga (2026)
Jill Jordan (2026)
Carolyn Miller (2026)
Trustees/Facilities StewarDs Chair
At the 2022 General Conference of The Wesleyan Church, a resolution was passed in which the title and authority of church trustees was passed to the Elders of the church. The rationale for this decision was that it would help churches that might find the current plan cumbersome and to move any legal accountability to the Elders rather than the Trustees. This administrative decision doesn’t eliminate that need for a group of people to oversee and manage the church’s facility. With this in mind, we have chosen to rename this group of leaders the Facilities Stewards.
In addition, the Facilities Stewards are no longer elected by the congregation but are appointed (as are all oversight committees) by the Elders. For this reason, the Trustees are no longer on our annual ballot. It is important to note, that even with this new design, the Facilities Stewards are being asked to serve for three-year terms, with staggered expiring terms.
One more implication of this decision. Because all Elders must be elected by the congregation, this creates a dilemma for Facilities Stewards representation with the Elders. All oversight committees are represented by an Elder). Our solution is for the congregation to elect the Facilities Stewards chair, even though the congregation no longer elects the full Facilities Stewards committee. In the same way that the Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually, so will the Facilities Steward Chair.
Delegates to District Conference
Barb Bates, Ken Bates, Tim McGarvey, Sharon McGarvey, Emily Spateholts and Michael Spateholts
LuAnne Brubaker, Mike Jordan, Betsy Webb
Our committees exist to help us carry out the ministry of Christ more effectively. The committees serve as avenues for planning in order to collectively know the mind of Christ for our ministries, for organization in order to most effectively bring to fruition the plans we sense Christ has for us, and for communication in order to encourage, support, equip and assist our ministry volunteers. We believe that our committees are successful when their unseen work is lived out in the seen ministries that they oversee.
College – Chair: Pastor David Huizenga, Jill Jordan
Youth – Chair: Pastor Jon Cole, Donnie Stockin
Global Missions – Chair: Paul Shea, Carolyn Miller
Children – Chair: Emily Spateholts, Jill Jordan
Local Outreach – Judy Hopkins, Jan Schilke
Worship – Pastor David Huizenga, Tim McGarvey
Discipleship – Pastor David Huizenga, Josie Adenuga
Personnel – Pastor Wes Oden
Here are the Elder Committees assignments:
Children’s Ministries: Jill Jordan
College Ministries: Jill Jordan
Discipleship: Josie Adenuga
Facilities Stewards: Mike Spateholts
Global Missions: Carolyn Miller
Local Outreach: Jan Schilke
Nominating Committee: to be assigned
Personnel Committee: Jan Schilke
Special Project Manager: Ken Bates
Stewardship Committee: Paul Young
Worship: Tim McGarvey
Youth Ministries: Donnie Stockin