What are Elders and Deacons?


The Elder and His Duties

Ruling elders, one class of office, possess the same authority and eligibility in the courts of the Church as teaching elders. Moreover, they should cultivate zealously their own aptness to teach the Bible and should improve every opportunity of doing so.

It belongs to the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to fulfill the following:

Oversee / Rule

  • To watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or morals enter in
  • To exercise government and discipline
  • To take oversight of the spiritual interests of the particular church, and the Church generally when called


  • To visit the people at their homes, especially the sick
  • To pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock
  • To bear glad tiding of salvation to the ignorant and perishing
  • To dispense the manifold grace of God and the ordinances instituted by Christ
  • To administer the Sacraments


  • To instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourner, nourish and guard the children of the church
  • To set a worthy example to the flock entrusted to their care by zeal in evangelizing the unconverted and in making disciples
  • To feed the flock by reading, expounding and preaching the Word of God
  • To declare the will of God to sinners and beseech them to be reconciled to God through Christ
  • To proclaim the Gospel

Uptown’s Elders

Forde Britt

Adam Dyer

Grae Garrison

Chad Kraska

Dave Kulp

Jon Levy

Tom Queen

Derek Rogers



The Deacon and His Duties

The office is one of sympathy and service after the example of the Lord Jesus, especially in helping others in time of need.


  •  To minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress
  • To develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church


  • To devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people
  • To distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed
  • To care for the property of the congregation, both real and personal


  •  To keep the church edifice and other buildings in proper repair

Crown Financial Course

Currently, the diaconate has established Crown Ministry classes available to at Uptown Church members and regular attendees. The eventual goal is to have 80% of Uptown’s membership “Crowned.” Interested in attending a Crown Ministry financial course any time within the year? Give us a call.

Uptown’s Deacons

Sumner Andrews

John Ashworth

Ed Barnes (Secretary)

Ron Branch

David Chapman (Chairman)

Brandon Davis

Andrew Day

James DeBoer

Will Eubank

Tommy Fuller

Craig Lowder

Chris Prevette

Michael Richter

Matt Taylor

Jim Vaughn