The Role of Elder
The ministry of Geist Community Church is under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ working in and through the elders. The elders are the primary decision-making body within the church, and make their decisions based on individual and corporate leading by the Holy Spirit, scriptural insight, carefully assembled facts, and input from the members.
The responsibilities of the elders are:
(1) teaching/preaching biblical truth
(2) modeling Christ-like behavior
(3) maintaining doctrinal purity
(4) leading the congregation in cases of church discipline
(5) overseeing financial matters
(6) praying for the flock
For a more detailed explanation of the biblical elder role, click here.
While a teenager I became friends with others who loved church and wanted to serve Christ. Their passion resulted in my attendance at a “revival” where I acknowledged the only way to know God and to have forgiveness of sin was to place my trust in Christ’s work. Over the years, I learned the first priority in life must be my development as a Christ follower.
My marriage to Laurie in 1980 and the birth of our three great children and nine fantastic grandchildren taught me the second priority in life—my family. At GCC, God provided me the biblical preaching and teaching to help me understand what it means to be a Christ follower, Godly husband and Godly father/grandfather. We were blessed to discover GCC in 1997. I love GCC and want us to be the best beacon of God’s love we can be!
I was very blessed to have been raised in a stable Christian home. As a child I went to church and Sunday school regularly with my parents. I was never a child who got in trouble very often, but I did realize I was a sinner. After a deep conversation with my pastor at the age of fourteen, I accepted Christ’s payment for my sins in His death on the cross.
My spiritual growth was slow for many years. I was a science major in college, so my faith in Christ was frequently challenged. When I began to study the Bible in my mid thirties, my faith grew enormously. This was a time in my life when my desires changed; I grew in my personal relationship with God, and I saw the foolishness of worldly desires.
My wife, Kaye, and I have two daughters. Both of us grew up in the Indianapolis area. I have a passion for foreign missions, having been involved with short-term mission teams for more than 25 years. I love to study God's Word and to teach people how to study the Bible on their own.
Over forty years ago two men asked me “If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven?” I honestly didn’t know the answer to this question. Having grown up in the church, I had assumed “yes” for all my life, but I realized at that moment that I only had a working knowledge of God without a personal relationship with Him. The men shared with me the truths of Ephesians 2:5–10, how I was dead in my sins and how Christ came so that I might have my sins forgiven and be made spiritually alive in Him. God showed me that I really needed a Savior to be made spiritually whole and to be in right relationship with Him, and from that point I trusted in the Gospel. Since then, I’ve desired to be like David, a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22) who seeks refuge in Him alone.
I have been blessed with my godly wife Roselyn and my three Christian sons: John, Bryan and Adam—who are now leading families of their own. Speaking of, God has also blessed me with 11(!) wonderful grandchildren! Since I moved here from Colorado, I have been blessed to serve Geist Community Church in the capacity of elder, community group leader, and general get-things-done person.
Matt Walker - Senior Pastor
Matt grew up in northern Indiana and learned at a very early age that he was a sinner in need of God's gracious salvation freely given to those who believe in Jesus. (Acts 2:21) After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Matt thought he was heading for an engineering career but God had other plans for his life. While serving as a campus pastor intern for a local church in Lafayette and traveling to England on two separate mission trips God changed Matt's heart from pursuing engineering to vocational Christian ministry. In 2005 he graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree and has since served as adjunct faculty at a Bible college and as both an associate and senior pastor of churches in Texas, Iowa, and Indiana.
In 2009 Matt answered God’s call to become the senior pastor of GCC. He and his wife, Anna, have been married since 2002 and have a son named Grant and a daughter named Grace. Matt's passion in ministry is to reach the surrounding community and the ends of the earth with the Gospel of Jesus. He is a dynamic teacher and communicator of God's Word who strives to equip believers and train other pastors/leaders so that they may, in turn, teach others to be rooted and built up in Him. (Colossians 2:7) Matt enjoys spending time with his family and almost any activity that involves being outdoors.
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