elders & deacons

Contact our deacons at deacons@thepathwaytacoma.com

From Understanding Church Leadership by Mark Dever

We should always be careful to maintain a distinction between the ministry of deacons and the ministry of elders. In one sense both elders and deacons are involved in “deaconing, but that service takes on two very different forms, both of which we see in Acts 6. 

    2 Types of “deaconing”

        1- ministry (deaconing) of the Word— Apostles and then elders

        2- serve (deacon) tables— the 7 & then the office of deacon

A church needs both types of deaconing— of the Word (elders) and of tables (deacons)— so that one is not confused with the other and neither is forgotten. Churches should neglect neither the preaching of the Word nor the practical care for the members that helps to foster unity. 


Drawing from Acts 6, we can say that those who serve as deacons should be known to be “full of the Spirit and wisdom” (v. 3). They might be concerned with physical things, but theirs is a spiritual ministry. Such spiritual-minded wisdom enables them to oversee church resources in a manner that serves the unity of the flock. They should be chosen by the congregation and possess the congregation’s confidence. And they should willingly and diligently take on the responsibility for the particular needs of their ministry.

In 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Paul spells out further what deacons should be like. They should be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, not pursuing dishonest gain, keeping hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience, tested and approved servants who are the husband of but one wife, and able managers of their children and household. 

  • Bobby - Pastor/Elder

    Bobby grew up an Air Force kid and has lived in many states including Florida, Virginia, Hawaii, Guam, and Texas. He went to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor where he met his lovely wife Kelli. They got married in 2006, moved to Snoqualmie, Washington in 2008, and to Tacoma in 2009. Since 2009 they have welcomed three wonderful children into the world and have come to find Tacoma to be home. Bobby loves his family, baseball, brownies with frosting, and Jack Bauer. 

  • JASON - Pastor/Elder

    Jason loves sports, outdoor adventures, Oklahoma, and his wife, Stacie. If Jason could have any super hero ability it would be to fly.

  • jenna - Deacon

    Jenna loves her family, roommates, soccer, a good cup of joe, and cliff jumping. If Jenna could compete in any Olympic sport it would be bobsledding.

  • josh - Deacon

    Josh loves board games, a good movie, and hanging out with his family. If Josh could go anywhere in the world at a moment's notice he would go home.