Leadership

Our statement of faith states: “We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.” Therefore, GTCC embraces two offices in church leadership: elders (pastors) and deacons.

Elders

The terms elder, pastor, and bishop all describe the same role in the church.  Elder describes the office, whereas pastor and bishop describe functions of the office.  The term pastor literally means to shepherd or feed.  The term bishop means to oversee.  All qualified Elders must be able both to feed (teach) and lead (oversee) the church (1 Pet 5:1-4; Acts 20:17,28; 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).  Some are specially gifted as pastor/teachers and called vocationally to devote their lives to the preaching and teaching ministry (Eph 4:11-13), but are co-equal within a plurality of elders.

GTCC currently has one elder:

Rick Hensley graduated from Talbot School of Theology, out of Biola University, in December, 2000.  He served two years as an Assistant Pastor with weekly preaching responsibilities and six years filling the role of Senior Pastor in the same church, before starting GTCC.  Rick has served as Lead Pastor at GTCC since July, 2009.  He is married to Kari, and they have been blessed with ten children.  Rick has enjoyed several trips to Zambia, Africa, to teach theology at a Bible College he and others have been involved in building.  He also has the privilege of teaching a class on Biblical Worldview at Wilmington University in Dover, DE. He has served as a Pastor/Teacher, even before starting GTCC, since January of 2001.

Deacons

Deacons care for the temporal needs of church members and attend to the accommodations for public worship. The qualifications for the office of deacon are described in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7.

GTCC currently has six deacons: Bobby Spath, Chuck Pusey, Craig Roberts, Curt Fifer, Joe Kennard, and LeRoy Demarest.