The Bible gives specific duties of the elders:

• Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve. (1Peter 5:2)
• Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless — not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:7-9)
• We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift … is leadership, let him govern diligently.
• Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! (Acts 20:28-31) (Romans 12:6,8)

The qualification for elders are found in the New Testament books of 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The elders of the church have three basic areas of ministry. First, to keep the purity of the faith in the church, teaching what is according to sound doctrine and contending for the faith. Secondly, shepherding God’s flock, inquiring into people’s spiritual needs and encouraging their growth through the ministry of the Word, prayer, and the sacraments. Thirdly, to provide planning and direction for the church according to biblical principles.The Session is the group of elders elected by the people to serve for a three-year term.

Most elders oversee an area of ministry in our church. Some of them take part in teaching Sunday School or leading a small group. All of them are assigned shepherding groups. A shepherding group is a group of about 10-12 family units who are members or regular attenders of Carriage Lane. The elder attempts to maintain contact with each member of his shepherding group at least four times a year. He seeks to be available to them for prayer, counsel, and spiritual support.


Please pray for our elders as they seek to perform their god-given calling. Pray for their spiritual growth and protection. Pray for their wives and families. Pray that they would be given continued wisdom in leading and shepherding the flock at Carriage Lane.

Let’s take heed of the admonition of Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

The current elders and expiration of their term on the session are as follows:

Class of 2018
Bob Abernathy
Brain Cochrum
Ed Cotton
Bill Desch
Norm Dunkin
Jim Grega
Craig Jeffery
Bob McDowell
Dave Salzmann

Class of 2019
Jack Cunningham
Greg Janos
Larry Lott
Scott Sethman

Class of 2020
Dave Brandes
Adam Peeler

Doug Griffith (Sr. Pastor, Moderator)
Tim Gwin (Associate Pastor)
Dale Zarlenga (Associate Pastor)