The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church; as such, He is the sole authority over it (Colossians 1:15-20). He governs His church through His Word. His government is exercised through the leadership of biblically qualified elders who have been set aside by the church to teach the Word and lead the flock (Acts 14:23; 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Heb 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5). The New Testament uses the words elder, pastor, pastor-teacher, and overseer as synonyms that refer to the same office.
The members of Winchester Baptist embrace leadership by a plurlality of elders because (a) scripturally, the New Testament always speaks of a plurality of elders overseeing the church (Acts 20:17; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 5:17; James 5:14); and (b) practically, there is diversity, wisdom, accountability, and power when a plurality of biblically-thinking men serve together in unity.
The qualifications for elders are found in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1 and the responsibilities of elders are indicated in various contexts within scripture, including the often-used reference to shepherding. The Apostle Paul exhorted the elders to “be shepherds of the church of God” (Acts 20:28) and Peter said, “be shepherds of God’s flock which is under your care” (I Peter 5:2). In short, the role of shepherds in the Bible reveals a list of roles and responsibilities which can be described as leading the flock, providing oversight and direction, caring for and feeding the flock, guarding the members from going astray, protecting, seeking the lost, and helping the weak.
Elders are primarily responsible for prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:3). Scripture also assigns them responsibility for directing the affairs of the church (I Tim. 5:17), formulating church policy (Acts 15:22), preaching and teaching (I Tim. 5:17), and praying for the sick (James 5:14).
We currently have two elders who serve the church together.
Tim grew up in Pennsylvania where he came to understand the gospel of Jesus through the faithful witness of his parents, siblings, and two local churches. He moved to Virginia to attend college where he met his wife Sherry. In 1987 they were married and, in time, the Lord blessed them with three children (two married and one in college) as well as two grand-daughters. Since 1990, the Lord has graciously allowed Tim to serve three churches in pastoral ministry: twenty years as an associate pastor in Lynchburg, Virginia, two years as a senior pastor in Northern Virginia, and presently as teaching elder (church-planter) of Winchester Baptist Church. Tim has an MMin and MDiv from evangelical seminaries. But extracurricular study has influenced his pastoral ministry most profoundly, namely, a love for expository preaching and reformed theology.
Nick was an atheist until the Lord saved him at age 27 through the faithful gospel witness of a friend. God used the preaching and work of men like Matt Chandler, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul Sr. to bring about a theological reformation in his life. Since that time he has served as a deacon in a prior church, and now serves as an elder at Winchester Baptist Church since November 2016. He has worked in IT for almost 20 years. Nick has been married to Amy since 2001 and they have two children, Gabriel and Sophia, one biological and one adopted. He is currently studying towards an MDIV through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.