Deacons are responsible for assisting the elders in the work of the ministry (Acts 6:1-6; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13).
A. Recognition – The elders will recognize as deacons those that are faithfully, consistently, and exceptionally serving the church body, and whose service is determined by the elders to merit recognition.
B. Qualifications – A deacon must meet the standards of 1 Timothy 3:8-13; be a full member of this church; believe in, support, and agree to abide by its constitution (including the statement of faith and the covenant); and accept its bylaws.
C. Appointment – The process for nominating and approving deacons is the same as that for elders.
D. Number – There is no limit on the number of deacons.
E. Term – The term of recognition is one year. There is no term limit for a deacon, but the elders will reevaluate the deacon list annualy. The procedure for resignation or removal of a deacon is the same as that for an elder.
Adult Education & Groups
Teaching & Doctrine
JESSE AND DEIDRE JOHNSON
Jesse and his wife Deidre were married in 2006 and have two daughters, Madison and Savannah.
His past experience includes overseeing the outreach department at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles where he served as Associate Pastor for Outreach since 2006. He has edited a number of publications including Fundamentals of the Faith, Co-editor of Evangelism in the John MacArthur Pastoral Library Series, and was a contributor to Men of the Word and Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.
Jesse is a frequent blogger: you can follow him on http://thecripplegate.com/ where he contributes articles about ministry, theology, and issues that affect the church today.
STEVE AND KATHY HOLLEY
Steve was born into a wonderful Christian home in Washington, D.C. While attending a summer camp at age nine, Steve accepted Christ.
Steve attended Annandale High School and graduated from James Madison University where he received his General Social Sciences degree. He has a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Capital Bible Seminary. Steve taught social studies at Lake Braddock Secondary School for 7 years.
While attending Immanuel, Steve met Kathy, his wife. Together they served as lay youth counselors. Sensing God’s call to the ministry, in 1982 he became the Youth Pastor. In 1995, Steve accepted the position of Family Education Pastor and served in that ministry until 2000 when he became the new Pastor of Ministries.
When not attending to pastoral duties, Steve enjoys activities with his family: hunting, fishing, golf, yelling for and at the Redskins, and reading both historical biographies and accounts of the American Civil War.
The Holleys reside in Burke with their three sons, Michael, Drew, David and their daughter Meredith.
TOM AND DESHUA JOYCE
Tom and Deshua, both native New Yorkers, met in 1979 in Pensacola, Florida while Tom was in flight school and Deshua was teaching at Pensacola Christian High School. Tom is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and also received Masters degrees from Harvard University and Capital Bible Seminary. Tom retired from the Navy in July 2003 after a 25-year career where he and Deshua led and ministered to men, women and families in the Naval Aviation community.
Read the 9|11 interview with Tom at Risenmagazine.com
MICHAEL AND MICHELE CONNOR
Michael grew up on a farm in northern Maryland and did undergraduate studies in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. While being exposed to global issues as a student, he became convinced that the real needs of the peoples of the world are not political and economic, but moral and spiritual. Based on this conviction and a clear call from God, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1979. In 1982, he was sent as a missionary to French-speaking Cote d’Ivoire, Africa where he served as Campus Crusade’s Country Coordinator until 1991.
He achieved Ph.D. candidacy in Intercultural Studies in 1996 and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry program in Missiology at Trinity International University.
Michael had ministered with Christian Embassy since 1996, serving the international diplomatic community in Washington, D.C. Christian Embassy is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ that serves as a spiritual resource to government, military and diplomatic leaders and their families. In July 2005 Michael became Pastor of Mission and Outreach at Immanuel.
Michael and his wife Michele have two children, Andrew and Christina.