Two weeks ago we introduced to you Jimmy Needham and Guy Minnix who have come through our eldership training. As we introduce  new elder candidates we want to reiterate a few things about elders in a local church. 

Since elders are very important to God, they are very important to us as a church. 

God takes this role very seriously (Heb 13:17), gives robust qualifications for it (1 Tim 3:1-7), and holds them to great account (James 3:1). In light of that, we as a church take this moment very seriously. 

Since elders are very important to God, we hope they will be very important to you. 

Hebrews 13:7 says that part of what it means to be a covenant member in a local church is that you "obey your leaders and submit to them." That is a weighty calling on our lives as members in a local church. Part of what it means to affirm elders is to affirm your willingness to put your life under their leadership. So we want you to feel the weight of this moment. 

What should you do over the next month? Here are 4 ideas. 

1. Read 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 to familiarize yourself with the character required of an elder. 

2. If you have questions about their character or know something about their character that would disqualify them from eldership, you need to let us know. You can email us at

3. Feel free to line up a meeting with Jimmy or Guy over the next few weeks. 

4. Pray and fast for this decision, as well as Jimmy and Guy. 

JIMMY NEEDHAM

Tell us about your family. 
I've been married for 12 years to my amazing wife, Kelly. We have 3 children, 2 biological girls (Lively and Sophie) and an adopted boy (Ben).


What sort of things do you enjoy doing in life?
I love creating! Art, music, food, poetry, you name it. Preaching and teaching God's word brings me tremendous joy too. I love reading good books, seeing good films, eating good food, and doing it all beside the people I love, my family and friends. 


What's one thing most people don't know about you? 
I might be earth's worst dancer. Pray for me.

What's your favorite verse and why?
Philippians 3:8-9. It is such a helpful bullseye for me to daily aim at: enjoying Jesus above all else and finding my righteousness in Him. 


"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—"

What's the cliff notes version of your testimony?
I met Christ in high school as a self-centered, porn-addicted kid. He awoke in me a desire for Him and His word, surrounded me with amazing community and mentors, and has been conforming me to His image ever since. 

GUY MINNIX

Tell us about your family. 
We are blessed to have an incredible family with three wonderful children. Cortney Fuller is our oldest and is an RN with Cook Childrens Hospital in Fort Worth. Cortney is the mother to Bella Joy (2.5 years old) and is a wonderful mother to her. She lives in Mansfield and is a member of Stonegate. Our middle is Natalie Cave and is married to Braxston Cave; they live in the South Bend, Indiana area. Natalie is a wonderful wife and the mother Avianna Kaye Cave (19 months old). Braxston is the GM of a manufacturing facility there in the South Bend area. Our youngest child is our son, Jared Minnix. Jared is married to Emily and they live in the Nashville, TN metroplex. They both are recent graduates of Oklahoma State. Jared is a CPA with Ernst and Young, while Emily is pursuing a non-profit organization. We are blessed that our children and their spouses pursue Jesus on a daily basis. I am blessed to be married to Julie, my bride of 37 years. God has blessed her with tremendous skills that she uses in our home with our children and grandchildren, in developing relationships, in our Stonegate Group, in her hospitality, and in her kitchen. 

What sort of things do you enjoy doing in life?
I enjoy sports activities such as football, baseball, basketball, and enjoy playing golf. I also enjoy bird hunting and shooting guns. Working in the yard is also a hobby. I love having the whole family gathered around the kitchen counter engaged in conversation while we prepare the meal, and even enjoy the clean up. We love engaging with people and love our Stonegate Group. We love hearing other peoples' stories and diving deep into lives and building relationships. Reading philosophy and theology books is a hobby, and I am on the journey of pusuing Jesus and the Gospel on a daily basis. 

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I spent 10 years as a high school and college basketball referee. I love the game and loved the intensity of the moment of trying to make the right call. 

What's your favorite verse and why?
My favorite passage is Psalms 1. For me, and my journey, this passage speaks to the power of God's Word, and the blessings and stability the Word brings to the one that reads and meditates on it.

What's the cliff notes version of your testimony?
I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home. Church was always part of my life. I had good experiences in church through out my high school years. Post high school, I decided to pursue full time ministry at a Bible college where I graduated with a degree in Theology. I then went on to grad school and graduated with a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies. However, after grad school, God had other plans, and with my love for business, I went back into the business world and was fortunate to have many great corporate experiences, sharing my journey with Jesus along the way. Those business experiences continue, and my journey and pursuit of Jesus continues as I learn more and more about the Gospel.

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