Deacons at Wilshire

Wilshire’s deacons are men and women who have been called out from among the congregation to fulfill a special role of servant hood. The deacon body at Wilshire is not so much a deliberative or decision-making body as a team of servants and a sounding board for guiding the church’s ministries.

Wilshire maintains an active deacon body of about 60 people at all times. Deacons serve three-year terms and then join the ranks of the Fellowship of the Ordained, or inactive deacons, until they are called to active duty again. Each year, the Deacon Nominating recommends five to seven candidates for ordination. Upon approval of the church body, these new deacons join the ranks of a number of returning deacons to form the active body for that year.

2018 Deacon Officers
Chair: Jason Woodbury
Vice-Chair:  Ann Hill
Chair-Elect:  Henry Stone

Below are the names of the current deacon body listed by the year in which their term will end.

2018 2019 2020
Steve Brookshire Kelly Akins
Rob Banta
Kile Brown Leigh Ann Brown Gail Brookshire
Pat Cullum
Kevin Cabaniss Steve Clay
Haley DeVault Michael Capps Joannah DeMent
Don Floyd
John Coates Linda Francis
Ann HIll
Judy Coleman LeAnn Hampton
Mike Imhoof Steve Conner Anna Hines
Mary Kay Jackman Diana Early Bill Jernberg
Gabe Leal Ed Francis Travis Keath
Debbie Meripolski Larry Granberry Carolyn Murray
Brenda Morris
Mary Keller Shannon Nadalini
James Perry
Gladys Kolenovsky Allan Stafford
Debbie Rampey
Britt McClung Steve Terry
Dennis Smith
Mark McKenzie Sam Tinsley
Laura Smith
Suzy McLaughlin
Rhonda Walton

Tim Morgan
 Andrew Warden
Meredith Mosley  Megan Wilson

Bill O'Brien Collin Yarbrough
Gina Ortegon Judy Yarbrough

John Parnell
Katy Pritchard

Henry Stone
Kyle Thomas
Jason Woodbury


Service Opportunities & Responsibilities

Deacons are lay members who serve in all areas of the church—as teachers, committee members, care givers and worship leaders—but take on additional responsibilities as ambassadors for the common good of the church. Deacons serve the Lord’s Supper in Sunday morning worship each month. Deacons are the first to make personal contact with first-time visitors to worship through the Ambassador Program. Deacons set the example in caring for children in extended Worship Care opportunities. Deacons provide Security assistance during morning and evening worship services and serve the Lord’s Supper to the Homebound. And deacons listen to and give guidance to the pastoral staff of the church.

In addition to the service opportunities, deacon responsibilities include attendance at monthly deacons’ meetings. 

Fellowship of the Ordained

In 2005, Wilshire created the Fellowship of the Ordained as a designation of any member of Wilshire who is ordained as a deacon, but not actively serving as an elected deacon (reserve deacon). The designation also recognizes that all deacons are expected to be actively engaged in service to the Church even though they may not be currently serving as an elected deacon. Ordained ministers of the church not actively serving on the church staff are also included in the Fellowship of the Ordained.

As a member of the Fellowship of the Ordained body, deacons and ministers receive copies of minutes of all deacon meetings and Church business meetings; offered opportunities to serve, as needed, with the Lord’s Supper and Worship Care; and invited to one deacon’s meeting each year or as needed.

Deacon Emeritus

In 2007, the Deacon Emeritus category was established for individuals over the age of 75 that rewards long-term faithfulness to Wilshire. Deacon Emeritus designation offers permanent membership in the Fellowship of the Ordained; invitation to any meetings of the Fellowship of the Ordained copies of minutes of all deacon meeting and Church business meetings; and the freedom to serve in all the ways available including the Lord’s Supper, homebound visitation, Worship Care or any other duties of reserve deacons.