The Regional Elders program was officially begun in the Fall of 2009. The Region’s elders annually visit a short list of assigned congregations in the name of the Christian Church in Georgia. In addition they maintain quarterly contact with each church assigned to them, sometimes sharing in celebrative functions at the church. Their duties include providing a caring and supportive presence for their congregations, as well as being a connection to and an advocate for the Regional and General Church.

  • Chair: Mary Grant – Lay member of First Christian Church, Griffin
  • Diane Bales – Campus minister at UGA and faculty member teaching child development
  • Charles Beadle/Jane Osborn – Lay members of First Christian, Valdosta
  • Jabari Butler – Businessman and minister on staff at Ray of Hope Christian Church
  • Alan Cloar – Active ordained minister
  • Archie Jenkins - Commissioned Minister
  • Medie Still – Commissioned Minister
  • Dolores Trimiew – Lay member of Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur
  • Jay White - Retired ordained minister

To contact the Regional Elders e-mail: regionalelders@gadisciples.org

Assignments

As of January 2019

Diane Bales (2017) – 1st  term
Cherry Log Christian Church, Cherry Log
First Christian Church, Athens
First Christian Church, Bogart
First Christian Church, Lawrenceville
First Christian Church, Watkinsville
Union Christian Church, Watkinsville

Charles Beadle/Jane Osborn (2017) – 1st term
First Christian Church, Savanna
First Christian Church, Valdosta
Iglesia Cristiana Getsemani, Valdosta (5 PM)

Jabari Butler (2018) – 2nd term
Centennial Christian Church, White Plains
Chestnut Ridge Christian Church, Marietta
First Atlanta Chinese Christian Church, Norcross
First Christian Church, Decatur
Loganville Christian Church, Loganville
Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur
Sandy Springs Christian Church, Sandy Springs

Alan Cloar (2018) - 1st term
Brookhaven Christian Church, Atlanta
Good Neighbor Christian Church, John's Creek
John’s Creek Christian Church, John’s Creek
Peachtree Christian Church, Atlanta
Peachtree Corners Christian Church, Norcross

Mary Grant (2017) - 1st term
Central Christian Church, Columbus
Community Christian Church, Fayetteville
Damascus Road Christian Church, Griffin
Eagle’s Landing Christian Church, McDonough
First Christian Church, Griffin
Liberty Christian Church, Newnan
Williamson Christian Church, Williamson

Archie Jenkins (2018) - 1st term
Bethel Christian Church, Eastman
First Christian Church, Augusta
First Christian Church, Dublin
First Christian Church, Eastman|
First Christian Church, Macon
First Christian Church, Warner Robins
First Christian Church, Waycross
St. Andrew Christian Church, Macon
United Christian Church, Dublin

Medie Still (2017) – 2nd  term
Antioch Christian Church, Sylvania
Bethesda Christian Church, Tennille
Central Christian Church, Augusta
First Christian Church of Atlanta, Tucker
Guyton Christian Church, Guyton
First Christian Church, Sandersville
Hiltonia Christian Church, Sylvania

Dolores Trimiew (2018) - 1st term
First Christian Church, Marietta
God’s City of Refuge, Atlanta
Fountain of Hope, Atlanta

Jay White (2018) - 1st term
Blood Price Christian Church, Lawrenceville
First Christian Church, Winder
High Shoals Christian Church, High Shoals
New Hope Christian Church, Lawrenceville
New Covenant Christian Church, Lawrenceville

Role

The Role of the Regional Elders will be to increase the sense of connection and covenant between congregations and between congregations and larger church.

Specifically duties will include:

  • worship twice each year in each of the assigned congregations
  • maintain contact quarterly by telephone or email with the pastor of the assigned congregation
  • represent the Region as requested at celebrative functions in assigned congregations
  • be present in clergy meetings for the area
  • be responsive in times of illness and hospitalization when requested by the Regional Minister
  • share with the Regional Minister any pastoral or church related issues discovered during the care and presence process
  • be an advocate for the Region and the larger church in the assigned congregations
  • attend scheduled Regional Elders meetings with the Regional Minister
  • carry out duties in manner consistent with the Code of Ethics for Ministers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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