First Baptist Cleveland is Jesus-ruled and Bible-governed. The church is Pastor/Staff-led, Deacon-served, lay team operated and congregationally approved. The church is member-gifted and ministerially focused on fulfilling the Great Commission. 

Servant leadership is the primary purpose of a Deacon at First Baptist Cleveland. Deacons serve in a myriad of important ministry roles, including encouragement, prayer, visitation, pastoral care and practical help in areas related to serving the church body and community.

Biblical Qualifications

In the Bible, specific qualities are listed as requirements to serve as a Deacon. Many of these qualities are found in I Timothy chapter 3, but can be summed up in a short list.

  • Church Membership
  • Husband of one wife
  • Follower of Jesus
  • Actively serving in the church
  • History of giving
  • A person who lives above reproach

Deacons currently serving

  • Drew Akins
  • Dan Allison
  • Brad Bennett
  • Derrick Burrell
  • Fred Carder
  • Shane Clark
  • David Chaffin
  • David Craig
  • Curtis Crumbley
  • Adam Elder
  • Melvin Elder
  • Pat Ensley
  • J.R. Fulbright
  • Thomas Fulbright
  • Shane Gibson
  • Seth Gouzward
  • Chris Green
  • Sam Greene
  • Dave Gregory
  • Chad Grisham
  • David Hicks
  • Eric Houston
  • Benny Kirksey
  • Jim Kerr
  • Dave Luzader
  • John Maupin
  • John McIntosh
  • Bob McKay
  • Mark Pirkle
  • Matt Sharp
  • Mike Sharp – Chairman
  • Mitchell Simpson
  • Don Sims
  • Jim Smith
  • Wes Smith
  • Steven Thompson
  • Jim Tindal
  • Tim Trotter
  • Tommy Walker – Secretary
  • Ken Wallace
  • Mike Wallace
  • Chris Wilds – Vice Chairman
  • Andy Williams
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