Elders & Deacons

Our philosophy of church leadership

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Acts 20:28

Who leads the church?

The Bible’s teaching on church leadership is both clear and flexible. We aim to be faithful where Scripture is clear and flexible where Scripture is unclear or silent. In 2014, we transitioned to an elder-led form of church governance. For a comprehensive teaching on our leadership philosophy see Pastor Ross’ message entitled Biblical Church Leadership.

Basically, we observe several basic patterns in the New Testament related to church governance:
     The first biblical pattern is that elders are selected to lead local churches (1 Tim 3:1; Acts 14:23).
     The second biblical pattern is that deacons are selected to assist the elders (Acts 6:1-15; 1 Tim 3:8).

The word deacon simply means “servant.” So it can be used in a general sense (we are all servants) or a technical sense, for those appointed to an office or position of leadership in the local church. This is the case in Philippians 1:1. 

The pattern for deacons’ responsibilities comes primarily from the early church in Acts 6. Deacons are selected to assist the elders when and where needed for the purposes of protecting the priorities of the elders/pastors and enhancing greater effectiveness in ministry.

Elders, deacons, and employed church staff all serve variously, together, for the health of the whole body. The New Testament allows tremendous freedom in the “organizing” of a church, but ultimately we yield to biblical patterns, rather than worldly patterns, as best as possible:

  • The church is not a business. This unbiblically elevates results and the bottom line.
  • The church is not a monarchy. This unbiblically elevates the pastor.
  • The church is not a democracy. This unbiblically elevates the individual and personal preferences.

What about church staff?
Under the authority of the lead pastor and elders, our staff are uniquely gifted and experienced to run the ministries and day to day operations of Centennial Church. In many ways their roles overlap the responsibilities of elders and deacons. While the elders lead the general direction of Centennial Church, the staff develop and execute the specific strategies and ministries to accomplish our vision. 



(Contact the elders)


Ross Bebee


Scott Holtz


Dave Jobe

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Ron Bowser



Jon Watkins


Doug Guynes

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