Shell Gunnels, and Paul Wood
They go by many names – bishops (Philippians 1:1), overseers (Acts 20:28), pastors (Ephesians 4:11-12), presbyters (1 Timothy 4:14), shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-4), elders (Acts 14:23) – but they all mean the same thing. They all describe the various functions that the leadership of the local church should possess: to guide, protect, serve, and lead local saints on an everyday basis. They don’t act alone, but serve under the ultimate leadership of Christ, and are selected based on qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-13.
Jeff Jaco, Scott Oakes, Casey Gunnels, and Jeff Driggers
Deacons are also chosen according to their Scriptural qualifications (found in 1 Timothy 3:12-16), and assist the elders with everyday tasks in the spirit of the seven chosen in Acts 6. They do everything from maintaining the building to building our Bible class curriculum, and are invaluable servants of the local church.
The local evangelist serves in both a public and private capacity. Publicly, he delivers sermons and Bible classes during worship services and Bible classes, while privately, he meets with members and visitors who would like to study certain things more intently. Currently, Brady Cook is serving Hillside as its local evangelist. Brady is originally from Amarillo, TX, but studied for two years under Kyle Campbell and Jim McDonald at the Loop 287 church before coming to Hillside in September of 2009. He married Melina (Turnbow) Cook in May of 2013, and has three beautiful children. Brady holds a BBA in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin, as well as a MS in History from Texas A&M-Commerce.