Elders (or shepherds or pastors) are referred to in the New Testament church as those who are given the responsibility of guarding and watching over the souls of the members of the church.
Acts 14:23 as well as Acts 20:28 and Philippians 1:1, point to God’s design for a plurality (more than one) elder. I Timothy 3:1-7 list the qualifications of elders. Elders main responsibility is to protect, preserve, and provide for the spiritual well being of the flock, or church. Presently the Northwest Church of Christ has three elders.
Wayne Skipworth, Earl Taylor and Roland Andrews
Meet Our Elders:
Roland Andrews was born in Miami, Florida to Dorothy and Arthur Andrews. He became a Christian in 1955 at Hialeah Church of Christ. After graduating from Miami Technical High School he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He attended Miami-Dade Junior College for two years and then transferred to Western Carolina University where he majored in physical education and biology. Roland played football at W.C.U for two years. He received his B.S. degree from Western Carolina.
While at Western Carolina Roland met his wife Wanda. They were married in 1966 after graduation. They lived one year in Shelby where Wanda became a Christian. In 1967 they moved to Greensboro and worked in Guilford County Schools. Roland worked as a teacher, coach in Guilford County. They moved in 1974 to Robbins North Carolina. While in Robbins their son David Ryan was born. Roland taught and coached at North Moore High School until 1977 when they moved back to Greensboro. Back in Guilford County Roland worked as a teacher, then assistant principal and then principal of Brightwood Elementary school. Roland received his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1991. He retired from Guilford County Schools in 1995.
Roland and Wanda were part of the group that left Friendly Avenue Church of Christ to form Northwest Church of Christ.
Edward Wayne Skipworth was born May 15, 1942 in Louisville, KY. They moved to Florida when he was 2 years old Wayne was baptized at the Springfield Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.
He had one brother, Woody, and two sisters, Donna and Gracie. Gracie died of cancer at age 54, five years ago and Woody was killed 2 years ago. Wayne's Mom is 93 years old and is ver active - she lives with his oldest sister in Georgia, but loves to go to her home in Florida. Wayne and Jane enjoy going to the "farm" to spend time with her.
Wayne joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Later he moved to Greensboro, NC to work and in 1963 met Jane - they were married in 1964 - 50 years in November.
They had two children, Wendy and Marc, and have eight grandchildren.
Wayne has been in construction all his life. He owns and operates S & S Paint & Wallcovering and is semi-retired. Marc runs the business.
Wayne, Jane and family attended Wendover Ave. Church of Christ for 40 odd years. They started worshipping at Northwest Church of Christ five years ago.
Wayne enjoys fishing and going to grandchildren's sports. Jane and Wayne also enjoy the fellowship of their brothers and sisters in Christ at Northwest.
Dr. Earl Taylor comes from a family with a long history of serving the Lord’s Church. His paternal grandfather was an elder at the Clarksburg, Tennessee Church of Christ, his father served as one of the first men appointed elder of the Friendly Avenue Church of Christ, in Greensboro, N.C. and Earl was one of the first men selected to serve the Northwest Church of Christ as an elder.
Earl filled the pulpit at Northwest Church of Christ for the first seven years of the congregation’s existence.
During his academic years he attended Freed-Hardeman College, Pepperdine University and completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Christian University. Earl is the retired president of Dale Carnegie Training in North Carolina and has trained and entertained thousands of people from all over the world and all walks of life.
• Bachelor of Science in Business, Oklahoma Christian University
• Master of Arts in Communication, University of North Carolina
• Doctorate in Adult Education and Training, Nova Southeastern University
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