Patrick is married to Christina and works at the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth as the band teacher to grades 4 – 8. He enjoys performing and listening to music, managing multiple fantasy baseball teams, staying active, traveling and trying new foods. He has attended baseball games at 17 of the 30 active major league baseball stadiums! He is excited about the possibility of serving as an elder and looks forward to the opportunity to care for and serve the people of ACC.
Jordan is married to Vickie and works at Abbott Laboratories as a Senior IT Engineer. He enjoys grilling and barbecuing (pulled pork is his specialty), designing electronic control systems for around the house, playing video games and watching football on Sunday afternoons. In the past he worked as a professional actor in the Cleveland area where he performed pieces onstage as well as murder mystery dinner events. Jordan is also excited about the possibility of being an elder as God has given him a heart for shepherding and encouraging others – he is energized by seeing people cross the line of faith and then grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus.
Both Patrick and Jordan have been interacting a lot with both me and the entire elder team for the last 4 months – lots of meetings, reading a few books, praying, and asking and answering a lot of questions! The current elders are convinced it is God’s will to bring them on the team and we are excited for what they both can bring to the table.
In the past 4 months we have been prayerfully considering the instructional words of Paul:
This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.” 2So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
6An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. 7Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:1-7
In our conversations as an elder team we have remarked on how, in a sense, we are all reluctant leaders; none of us feel fully qualified based upon this list of characteristics. Yet, we recognize God’s work in our life and the fact that no human being will ever perfectly fulfill all of these qualities. Thankfully, God is an expert at using imperfect human instruments!
Please pray for Patrick and Jordan and pray that God’s will be done for ACC as we anticipate their becoming elders soon.