Jesus Christ built and established the church and became the head of His Church, with the people being the body of Christ's church.
He is the authority and speaks in the scriptures as God, revealed it through the direction of the Holy Spirit.
The Scriptures are our only written standard for wisdom and salvation, teaching and guidance. (2 Timothy 3:14 - 17)
In each local congregation, under the headship of Jesus, [elders/shepherds(pastors)] are appointed to oversee local affairs. (Acts 14:23, 20:28).
There are 2 men, and their wives, serving our congregation as our Elders. They are men chosen by the congregation to be the spiritual leaders for our church family. All men are committed first to following God and His word, to their wives and family and to the congregation they serve.
Dennis and Karen were married in 1971, have 2 married children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
They have been in Red Deer since 2001. Both have been very active in various ministries of the congregation. Dennis has taught Bible classes, preached and led singing. Karen has led Ladies bible classes, served on different committees and been active with Zambia Mission Canada. Together they have been a Team Couple for Marriage Encounter and Engaged Encounters.
Currently they own/operate HorseSense HorseManship where they work with horses, people and people with special needs. They also open their home as a respite home for those with special needs.
Danny & Julyd have been married for 40+ years, with one son and daughter-in-law. Danny and Judy have been a part of the Red Deer fellowship for many years and active in many activities of the congregation. Danny has taught numerous Bible classes, led singing and preached many lessons over the years, as well as doing many personal bible studies with people. Judy has been active in teaching Ladies Bible classes as well as children's classes. Together they worked in the health care field with Beltone hearing for many years.
Sherman McLaren has been involved in ministry and served the Lord's church for over 22 years. He is a graduate of the Southern Africa Bible college as well as of the University of the North West where he obtained an Honors degree in Theology. He was awarded a certificate from the council for counselors in South Africa in 2011 as a counselor and has done much work in the area of pastoral and general counselling during his time in ministry. Some of the areas of counselling include depression, anger management and pre-marital as well as marital counselling.
I am married to Anne McLaren who is also a graduate of the Southern Africa bible college and together we have 3 delightful and good-hearted boys. Aidan (15) Keegan (11) Ethan (6). We consider ourselves a ministry family.
Both my wife's father and my father serve as elders at their respective congregations.
Sherman states: "My passion lies in ministry. Serving and growing the Lord's church is a priority for me. I am currently involved in a ministry called Breaking Boundries S.A. which I started as a non- profit organization at the beginning of January 2017. It has the sole purpose of equipping and empowering the churches of Christ through teaching, training and encouragement. "