2024-2026 Elder Nominations

It is time for our church to begin the process of electing new Elders! This year, the church will elect three men to three-year terms, from 2024–2026, replacing Lee Stockstill, Travis Walters, and Russ Willis, whose terms will be complete at the end of 2023. Church members are invited to nominate up to three (3) men to be placed on the ballot for potential election as Elders. The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, September 24.

Elder Nomination Form

Current Elders

The current Elders and the year their terms expire are as follows:

Emmitt Beall

Term Expires in 2024

Mark Hilner

Term Expires in 2024

Lee Stockstill

Term Expires in 2023

Milton Smith

Term Expires in 2024

Travis Walters

Term Expires in 2023

Russ Willis

Term Expires in 2023

Larry Swift
Tommy White
Jim Woodbury
Jay Hardwick

Elder Ex-Officio / Senior Pastor

Qualifications & Election

According to our church's constitution and bylaws...

  • An Elder must be a mature Christian man who meets the standards for an Elder described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and Titus 1:6-9. The Elder should be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, upright, holy, disciplined, respectable, hospitable, managing his own family well and in a manner worthy of full respect. He must also have demonstrated a shepherd’s heart and a spirit of humility through a history of selfless service to and through the church, such as serving as a Deacon, teaching Sunday School or Bible study, serving on committees or ministry teams, regularly volunteering and serving in church ministries, and other similar acts of service. This service will be exemplified by our Lord’s teaching on leadership and humility (Matthew 20:27-28; Luke 10:9-14; Luke 14:1-11). An Elder must be a God-fearing man who shows the Fruits of the Spirit in his life. He must also be able to teach others the way of the Lord and defend truth in the face of false teaching (1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Titus 1:9). He must not be quarrelsome (1 Timothy 3:3) or enter into senseless controversies (1 Timothy 1:3 and 6:4-5).
  • Additionally, an Elder must be at least 30 years old, have been a believer and a member of FHBC for at least five years prior to beginning his term of service (1 Timothy 3:6), be a practicing financial tither to the church, and over the past three years have demonstrated active, faithful, and selfless service to the church as set out above.
  • A man shall not be eligible to serve as an Elder for a period of two years following the end of his most recent term of service as an Elder.