Elders, Deacons & Assistants

With the April 30th election for Elders, Deacons, and Assistants quickly approaching, please take a few minutes to get to know our candidates! You can read the transcripts for each interview by clicking here, or watch them below.

Elder Candidate David Rhoads 


Elder Assistant Candidate Beth Buckner


Elder Assistant Candidate Michele Corbett


Elder Assistant Candidate Kim Elliott


Elder Assistant Candidate Jackie Vance


Deacon Candidate Joel Baumgartner



Deacon Assistant Candidate Marian Donahue


Deacon Assistant Candidate Tom Graham


Deacon Assistant Candidate Rebecca Lew


These men and women have gone through five months of training in theology and ministry. They have passed written and oral exams covering the subjects of Bible, Westminster Confession of Faith, our Book of Church Order, and practical ministry experience.
We’re going to have a congregational vote on Sunday, April 30th in a brief meeting following our Sunday service. Then on Sunday May 7th, we will officially Ordain and Install our Elders and Deacons, and Appoint our Elder Assistants and Deacon Assistants.
Here is the list of people we will vote on:

Elder:  David Rhoads
Elder Assistant:  Beth Buckner, Michele Corbett, Kim Elliott, Jackie Vance
Deacon:  Joel Baumgartner
Deacon Assistant:  Marian Donahue, Rebecca Lew, Tom Graham
On Election Sunday (4/30), you will be able to vote for any and all nominees that you would like to having serving in their roles. You may vote for multiple nominees in each role. Everyone who personally receives more yes votes than no votes will be elected. It is possible that every person nominated will be elected to the roles for which they’ve been nominated.

We are so excited about these men and women! They are committed to Jesus and His church. They are eager to lead and serve in these roles.  
If you can’t remember the specifics of what is required of these roles, please revisit the sermon series we preached through last year as we launched this process.  The first sermon from May 29 walks through the process we’ve followed with further explanation. Please listen to it if you missed it.

Remember, to vote you must be a member of Harbor City Church. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our church, please contact Mike Forrest and he will help you with the process. 

Elders are ordained to Shepherd and Oversee the health of the church. Oversight involves assessing and promoting the health of our church. Shepherding means making sure that everyone in our church is being cared for.

Deacons are ordained to Shepherd and Serve the needs of the church. Shepherding means caring for people. Serving means meeting the physical needs of people and caring for the church’s facilities.

Elder and Deacon Assistants are servant leaders who will strengthen the ministry of the Elders and Deacons, providing wisdom, perspective, energy, and effort to ensure that all of our needs are understood and met through the ministry of our church.

To read the full job descriptions for elders, deacons, and assistants, please click here. We also expect all of our leaders to embody our church’s five values.

For a more brief description and to see the nomination form, click here.

Prepare for the election on Sunday (4/30) by either getting to know these individuals or talking to me or any of the elders.
If you have any questions about the process, please email us at (

Our Process for New Elders & Deacons

June-July          Sermon Series

June-July          Nominations

July                   Interview Nominees by Elders

July-Nov          Training

November        Examinations

December        Testimonies

January            Elections