In the New Testament, men known as elders oversaw congregations of God’s people. According to the Bible (Acts 14:23, Phi. 1:1; Tit. 1:5), the orderly arrangement and superintendence of the church entailed the ordaining of qualified men to a duly appointed eldership. The elders were known as bishops, pastors, presbyters, overseers, and shepherds. These six English terms are used interchangeably and all of their corresponding Greek terms are found in Acts 20:17, 28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2. Each individual member of this office is to be qualified for this work by the criteria identified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We commend the following qualified men to you as pastors, bishops, elders/overseers, presbyters, and shepherds of the flock at the Sunset church of Christ.
Jon Howard was appointed to the work of an elder in 2019. He has been a member at Sunset his whole life, his father was an elder here at one time, and he served as a deacon before becoming an elder. Currently, Jon works as a loan officer at Diamond Bank in downtown Nashville. He married Jana in January of 2000, and together they have four children; Klaire, Eli, Kelley, & Joshua.
Joe Martin was appointed to the work of an elder in 1993. Before that, he served as one of the congregations deacons, and has been an active member of the Sunset congregation since 1973. Joe is now retired, but worked for many years as an Agricultural Education teacher. He and his wife, Norma, have been married for 46 years.
James Jamison was appointed to the work of an elder in 2007. He has been an active member of the Sunset congregation since 1978, and even served as a deacon.
James currently works as the plant manager for the Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Co. in downtown Nashville. He and his wife, Bernice, have been married for 42 years.
Bill Moorer was appointed to the work of an elder in 2019. Bill moved here and began working with the Sunset congregation back in the late 1990's, and was eventually made a Deacon. Currently, he works as an accountant in a local firm. He and his wife, Amelia, have been married for 24 years. They have three children; Gabe, Jake, and Adie.
John Jamison was appointed to the work of an elder in 2019. He began working with this congregation as a young man, and was eventually made a deacon. John owns a farm in Center Point, AR where he raises chickens and cattle. He and his wife Karrie have been married since 1995. They are the parents of seven children; Olivia, Emily, Isabel, Isaac, Owen, Ainsley, and Emmett.
While all Christians are to be servants, deacons are obviously men appointed to a particular role of service within the congregation as the helpers of the Eldership. Their work and responsibilities are vital to the growth and work of the church. The term which is translated “deacon” is from a Greek word which means “servant.” It is defined as “one who executes the commands of another. . . a servant, attendant, or minister” (Thayer). The specific “office of a deacon” is identified in 1 Timothy 3:10-13. An outline of qualifications is given to instruct the church about the type of men needed (Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:8-10). At the Sunset church of Christ we are blessed with nine great deacons who love to serve the Lord.
J. W. Whisenhunt
David is a 1999 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching, and has been working with us at Sunset since 2005. David and his wife, Tina, have been married for 36 years. Together they have two sons, Matthew and Zack.