Word of Grace Community Church recognizes the two Biblical leadership roles as found in Scripture, Elders and Deacons. We also hold to the Biblical precedent of plurality of elder leadership. (not to be mistaken with the "elder board" mentality.)
We know that Christ is the head of the church and that He mediates His rule in the church through the shepherding of elders (pastors) Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church mediates His rule over the Church by calling and appointing elders (pastors) to shepherd, oversee, and lead the church.
The qualifications in scripture for Elders are clear and are prerequisites. We hold to the plurality of elder leadership as demonstrated in the New Testament. These elders are directly responsible to Jesus Christ for the governing of the church according to His Word.
1 Timothy 3:8-12 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Rev. Jimmy Ferebee
The founding and teaching elder/pastor of Word of Grace Community Church has been married to Lori since 1993, (25+years), and has 6 children. Jimmy has been serving local churches since 1989 and served in "fulltime" pastoral roles for 16 years before becoming a "church planter".
Jimmy worked bivocationally for approximately 12 years as the owner operator of Master's Touch Construction. At the end of 2017 the church moved to provide a full salary for him.
It is his passion to clearly teach God's word and help individuals and families to grow in their personal faith and ministry. As a pastor, he has a unique ability to "connect" in a down to earth manner. He sincerely loves helping people and earnestly wants to encourage them to grow closer to Christ. Jimmy desires to see families grow together in the Lord. He works to challenge men to be the "prophet, priest, provider, and protector" of their homes.