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.
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. The session, or body of elders, presently includes Bill Elder, Dale Tubbs, and pastor Mahaffy.
Our active deacons are Nathan Kent and Ben Kent. The OPC Form of Government 11.1 reads: “The Scriptures designate the office of deacon as distinct and perpetual in the church. 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. To this end they exercise, in the fellowship of the church, a recognized stewardship of care and of gifts for those in need or distress. This service is distinct from that of rule in the church.”
Nathan is married to Heather (married in 2008) and is the father of four children: Abel (born in 2013), Olive (2015), Fern (2017), and Pearl (2022). He is a commercial real estate appraiser at CBRE and enjoys reading, baking, and playing sports, besides caring for his family. Nathan was born in 1986 and was baptized as an infant in the OPC in Garden Grove, California. He has been an OPC member ever since and is excited to continue to serve the Lord, this denomination, and the broader church as well as he can.
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.
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.