“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap”. – 1 Timothy 3:1-7
“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it”. – Titus 1:5-9
Jim has the distinction of being in Oak Ridge in 1943, when the city of Oak Ridge was built. He was a member of the Cedar Hill church meeting in the Cedar Hill school building. This was during the time Oak Ridge was a secret city surrounded by a guarded fence, with armed checkpoints controlling all visitors. As a young man he joined the Navy for 4 years. He married Jessie Hardeman, who was in nursing training in Knoxville and after her graduation moved to Albany, Georgia. Jim has worked with the US Forest Service in Colorado, attended school in California under the G.I. Bill, Oak Ridge Police Department officer, and worked as a professional photographer with Philips Electronics Consumer Company. He and Jessie are the parents of four children. He has been retired for several years and has served as an elder for eleven years.
Patrick has served as an elder for the New York Ave congregation since 2012. He has also previously served as a deacon for the NYA congregation and for the Idaho Falls church of Christ in the areas of missions and benevolence. Patrick is married to Jamie, his wife of 35 years. They have five children and six grandchildren. The Smith family homeschooled their children and served as missionaries to Durres, Albania from 2001- 2003.
Dennis began serving as the minister for the congregation in March 2013 and started serving as an Elder in August 2015. He and his wife Fredia have two adult children. Their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren live in Oak Ridge. Their daughter and two grandchildren live in Kansas City, MO.
The Winebargers have been involved in the ministry their entire adult lives. They have done foreign mission work in Ireland, Ghana, West Africa and Albania and have worked with four churches in the states.
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. – 1 Timothy 5:17-21