The Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel are here to serve the Lord by serving our church family.
The Scriptures show that the Elders serve by leading and that their responsibility involves the spiritual oversight of the congregation. All Elders are equal in authority but not necessarily equal in influence.
The Elders’ primary responsibilities include:
- Doctrine: Ensuring that the doctrine of the church is biblical; all doctrinal issues in the church will be settled by the Board of Elders.
- Direction: Ensuring that the direction of the church is consistent with the Harvest Bible Chapel statement of purpose and the Five Pillars.
- Discipline: Administering in love and humility the process of church discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-4; Titus 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Timothy 5:17-25; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, and Romans 16:17.
Brian Laird Elder Chairman, Elgin Campus
Kevin Boldog Elder, Cyrstal Lake Campus
Jeff Bucknam Elder, Lead Pastor, Vision and Teaching
David Cryder Elder, Chicago Cathedral Campus
Rob Hamann Elder Secretary, Rolling Meadows Campus
Karl Jackson Elder, Rolling Meadows Campus
George Michaelides Elder, North Shore Campus
Jeff Sharda Elder, Lead Pastor, Finance and Operations
Michael Smith Elder, Aurora Campus
Darrin Weidman Elder, Elgin Campus
Plurality of Elders
The Scriptures teach that a plurality of Elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly Elders, exercising their individual giftedness, squares with the Scripture’s teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility and likelihood that one or more Elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board.