Vocational Pastors and Tent-Making Elders
Each local church is to be ruled by the servant leadership of a plural body of men who are called by God to feed, equip, and protect His flock. These men lead by both their pattern of sounds words and their godly example (Mt. 23:1-12; Mk. 10:42-45; 1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:15; 1 Pet. 5:3). Scripture variously calls these men elders, overseers, and pastors. Each of these titles refers to the same office (Acts 20:28; Tit. 1:5-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The elders oversee the church with God-given authority in mutual submission to one another under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Presently we have one elder who serves as our vocational pastor. He is currently laboring to equip men within our church for spiritual leadership through a 3 1/2 year course of study known as the Faithful Men School of Pastoral Training. Our pastor, as a brother in Christ, is mutually accountable to our congregation. And until the Lord raises up a plurality of elders he actively pursues the pastoral wisdom of an Accountability Council that consists of 3 current and 1 retired confessional Baptist pastor from outside of our church.
Jerry Slate, Jr. serves as our vocational pastor. He was born in Marietta, GA and was raised in a Christian home, the youngest of three children. He was converted to Christ and baptized when he was eight years old. He obtained his B.A. from Columbia Bible College in Columbia, SC in 1991, majoring in Bible and minoring in pastoral ministries. In January of 1993 he married his wife, Angela, and the Lord has blessed them with six children: Sam, Luke, Grace, Jack, Malachi, and Margaret. Jerry was ordained for the gospel ministry in November of 2002, and Berean Baptist Church held her first worship service on the Lord’s Day evening, February 2, 2003. Jerry has served on the Administrative Council of the Southeastern Association of Confessional Baptist Churches as well as the chairman of Reformed Baptist Mission Services (RBMS). Our church has had the privilege of sending him out over the years on a number of short term ministry trips to encourage and train indigenous pastors in many other nations. Jerry is the author of two short biographical sketches published by Solid Ground Christian Books: William Carey and the Greatest Generation and Faithfully Holding the Ropes: The Life and Ministry of Samuel Pearce (1766-1799). He is also the co-author (with Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin) of Loving God and Neighbor with Samuel Pearce (Lexham Publishers). Jerry’s interests include spending time with his family, reading, biking, hiking, and camping.
Pastor Jerry can be reached by email at email@example.com.