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Elder Candidates

What is an Elder Candidate?  When we wonder what a word means, we might naturally start by pulling up  If we looked there, we would see:


Elder - noun [el-der]

1 - a person who is older or higher in rank than oneself.

2 - an influential member of a tribe or community, often a chief or ruler; a superior.

3 - (in certain Protestant churches) a lay member who is a governing officer, pastor.


Candidate – noun  [kan-di-deyt,]

1 - a person who seeks an office, honor, etc. 

2 - a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.

Example: a candidate for governor.


The New Testament uses the words elder, pastor, and overseer interchangeably – three different words for the same role.  You will see the role described as “shepherds or elders” in Ephesians 4:11, "bishops or overseers" in Acts 20:28, "leaders" and "rulers" in Hebrews 13:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:12. 


No matter what word is used, the Bible is referring to the same job – a man who shepherds of the flock.


The church has before it a man, Terry Major, who aspires to be an Elder/Overseer/Pastor at the Church at Martinsburg.  We want to give all our members opportunities to get to know Terry before you are asked to affirm him as your pastor. 


One way you can get to know Terry is by watching his video testimony below. You can hear directly from him; listen to his history, his conversion story, and why he aspires to be an Elder.  You will also get to hear how God has prepared him to shepherd our church.  


Will you use the next few weeks to:

  • Pursue him and get to know Terry and his wife Martha
  • Use 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 as guides to help you evaluate him as an Elder
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Lord
  • Be prepared to vote at the next Members’ Meeting on May 5th


Terry would love to get to know you and give you a chance to get to know him better too. 


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Terry Major


Email your pastors at if you have any questions or concerns related to the Elder Candidate vote or the upcoming Members’ Meeting on

May 5, 2019.