The New Testament teaches us that the office of elder should exist within every local Church. Elders are those biblically qualified men who serve Christ and the members of a local covenant community by leading the church. Elders exert spiritual authority over a congregation through teaching, protecting, guiding, and shepherding God's people (1 Thessalonians 5:12).
Council of Elders
Though GRBC is a Congregation-ruled church, it's leadership is entrusted to the Council of Elders. The elders are men from within the membership of the church who have met biblical qualifications, exhibited a God-given desire to perform the duties of an elder, and received affirmation by the members to do so. These men are responsible for governing the church, shepherding the flock, and having oversight of the spiritual affairs of the body (1 Timothy 5:17). The elders are co-equals in authority but may be specialized in function.
Keith Lowe currently serves as Council Secretary. Keith became a Christian in 1972. Four years later, he married Gina, and they both served in the U.S. Marine corps. For over thirty years, Keith worked for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He served as a deacon at Community Church of Chesapeake and has been an elder in three different churches. Keith has been an elder at Green Run Baptist Church since 2019.
Amos McCleese has been serving as a member of the council since 2020. He has been attending Green Run for 7 years with his wife Lakendra Mccleese and their three children. Amos was raised in Chesapeake and is currently living in the South Norfolk area.
Stephen Watkins currently serves as Council Chairman and Treasurer, has been regularly attending GRBC since 1995, married his wife Kelly at GRBC in 1996, and was saved and baptized at GRBC on May 21, 2000. He is a life-long resident of Virginia Beach and he and Kelly have three children.
Pastor Mark Hall is the Associate Pastor at Green Run Baptist Church and currently serves as a member of the Elder Council. Mark graduated with his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and Expository Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2022. He lives in Virginia Beach with his beautiful wife Marlyn and their puppy Beethoven.
Pastor Steven Azzara serves as the Lead Pastor of GRBC and sits on the David W. Roth Chair of Preaching. He has been married to Meagan since 2016, and they are both from Palatka, Florida. Before coming to Green Run, Pastor Steven served as the teaching pastor of churches in Texas and Kansas. Pastor Steven came to saving faith in 2005 at Peniel Baptist Church, and he has graduated from Dallas Baptist University, Criswell College, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you would like to meet with Pastor Steven email him at email@example.com.