New Hope Community Church is governed by an elder board that is nominated from the church congregation. Members nominate and then affirm the elders at the June Town Hall Meeting each year. Elders serve a three year term and then go on a minimum one year sabbatical. Elders can then be re-nominated after their sabbatical is over.
We currently have seven elders serving New Hope. I (Josh Huisman, Senior Pastor) serve as the Chairman of the elder board. which means I lead and set the agenda for elder meetings that take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. These meetings include a time of reading Scripture (currently the book of Ephesians), along with a time of prayer from each elder. Only after seeking the Lord’s guidance do we engage in matters of the church. Whenever a member of the church needs prayer we encourage them to visit an elder meeting so we can follow what God’s Word says.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
The elders serve as the spiritual leaders and decision makers for the church body.
With that, over the next few months I would like to take a little time to tell you about each of our elders.
Todd Craver (pictured with his wife, Jennifer)
This week I’d like to tell you about Todd Craver. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been a part of New Hope Community Church for over 20 years. I was blessed to have both of his girls, Londyn and Haylie, in the youth group when I was the youth pastor of the church. I was also honored to officiate Londyn’s wedding to her husband, Jacob Kasinger, five years ago. Londyn and Jacob have a young daughter, Nora.
I love the Craver family! They have been a blessing to me and my family for ALL of the 13 years we have been at New Hope. But they have been an even bigger blessing to the church as a whole. Todd and Jennifer pour their heart and soul into this church body. They love Jesus with all of their being.
We are all blessed to have Todd serve as an elder. He first began his service many years ago as a deacon of the church, overseeing the Buildings and Grounds Team. Todd works in the construction industry so he brings a wealth of knowledge to all of our building and maintenance projects. But Todd’s heart for prayer is what makes him a great elder. He genuinely seeks the Lord in his prayers and desires to follow God’s lead. Todd simply wants to give the Lord the best of himself, and I love that!
He has already served one elder term, and is currently in the first year of his second term.
And now you know, Elder Todd Craver!
Have a great week,