As the Apostle Paul gives Timothy instructions about officers in the first-century church in Ephesus where Timothy was working, he writes: “Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” 1 Timothy 3:14,15 (NIV). Paul sets out the qualifications, the gifts given by the Spirit, that should characterize the church’s elders and deacons.
Trinity Presbyterian Church was served for many years by deacon, Dick Hill, who is now retired from that office. Our deacons are now Jeff Berry and Don Campbell. “Deacons are called to show forth the compassion of Christ in a manifold ministry of mercy toward the saints and strangers on behalf of the church” OPC Form of Government 11.1.
As the Apostle Paul planted new churches, elders were set apart to lead those churches in serving the Lord, “And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed” Acts 14:23 (ESV). As a Presbyterian church, Trinity is served by elders. “Ruling elders, individually and jointly with the pastor in the session, are to lead the church in the service of Christ” OPC Form of Government 10.1. They are elected by the congregation. Our elders periodically visit the members of the congregation to encourage them in their walk with the Lord (click here for more information on family visitation–in an Adobe Acrobat file). The session, or body of elders, presently includes Bill Elder and pastor Mahaffy.
Pastor John W. Mahaffy is an alumnus of Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, (A.B., 1967), and of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, (B.D., 1970). He was ordained as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in October, 1970. Following a pastorate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he came to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, in 1977. For his personal homepage click here.
Several of our ruling elders and deacons, together with a couple of other members elected by the congregation, serve as the board of trustees of the congregation. They have oversight of and provide care for the physical property of the church.