Providence is not led by one pastor, but by a plurality of elders (1 Peter 5:1-2; Acts 20:17-18,28; 1 Timothy 5:17). At Providence we have a team of elders that are all equal in authority and responsibility. Together, the elders lead the church according to their unique gifts and abilities. Responsibilities of our elders include:

  1. Shepherd the church (1 Peter 5:2, Acts 20:20, 1 Timothy 3:5)
  2. Be examples to the church, not lording over (1 Peter 5:3)
  3. Equip the church for ministry (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9; Ephesians 4:12)
  4. Manage the church as overseers (1 Timothy 3:5, 5:17)
  5. Pray for the sick (James 5:14-15)
  6. Refute those who contradict truth (Titus 1:9,11)

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[acc title=”Tony Walls- Teaching Pastor/Elder”]Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 6.51.28 PMTony is an East Tennessee native and grew up with a love for sports, especially baseball. He has a passion to teach the Bible and show that there is more to the Christian life than a stale checklist. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Marketing and then followed the Lord’s leading to receive his Master’s of Divinity at Southern Seminary. Tony is married to his wife, Emily, and together they have two children, Abby and Isaiah. He has been a Campus Pastor at Providence Church since March 2011.

What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
OT- I love the book of Ruth. A beautiful love story set in the midst of a terribly dark time. I want to name our next kid Boaz, but my wife has told me that will never happen.
NT- This is a tough one. I love the Gospels, but if I had to choose one I think Ephesians has been instrumental in my understanding of God and all of scripture.

What is something unique about your life experience?
I’m really a pretty boring guy, but if I were to name one thing – My wife and I met at spring dance…in middle school. We are middle school sweethearts that got married when we were still in our teens (seriously, who does that anymore?!?).

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
I’ve been fortunate to go to some cool places, but I would love to have a couple of weeks in Italy. I have always wanted to go to Rome and visit the ruins and some of the places you read about in the New Testament.

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Al is a native of New Jersey that has found a home in Jefferson City. He has served as the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at Carson-Newman since 1996. He has masters degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Kentucky. He has been married to his wife Cindy since 1992, and together they have 3 children: Harper, Maggie and Gracie Li.

What is your favorite book of the Bible?
OT – I like Ezra / Nehemiah: Two believers with different personalities and skills who stepped out on faith, were strengthened by prayer and God’s word and were used by God to accomplish big things in the face of great opposition.
NT – I love the way Luke brings Jesus into focus for us through such a detailed account. The shepherds in the nativity story along with Simeon and Anna are some of my favorite characters in the Bible because of how they respond and commit to Jesus.

What is something unique about your life experience?
Born and raised in the great state of New Jersey, watered down through the mid-west, slid through Kentucky, ending up in the south. I’m not really sure how to talk anymore.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I always liked tropical places. Probably somewhere like the Virgin or Cayman islands. I could really use a tan.

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Spencer is a full-time entrepreneur with a heart for the Jefferson City community. He is committed to the revitalization of Downtown Jefferson City and is the owner of The Creek Café. Spencer became a believer during college through a failed job experience and the witness of a Billy Graham crusade on television. Spencer is married to Libby, a Jefferson City native. The two met at Carson-Newman College where Spencer eventually made his way back to teaching. They have two boys, Eli and Noah.

When did you commit to Christ?
A failed summer job opportunity during college opened the door for me to meet Christians that loved me unconditionally. A prison minister and his wife (I wasn’t in prison) took me into their home and showed me Christ in their actions and speech. When I got home for the summer, I called in during a Billy Graham TV crusade and prayed with a counselor to commit my heart to Christ.

What is your favorite date spot?
I have two favorites… Chattanooga’s art district and St. John’s Pass in Madeira Beach (you can watch the dolphins jump in the bay while you eat).

Where is the most unique place you have traveled?
I developed a heart for Romania through several mission trips. The people and the country are some of the most beautiful I have seen on earth. There is a neat place there where gravity actually pulls you uphill!

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