The Spiritual leaders in our congregation are often called Elders or sometimes Shepherds. Less often you may hear them referred to as Overseers. All three terms are based on the example of the New Testament church. In both Acts 20 and 1 Peter 5 we read all three terms applied to the same group of leaders and their work in their churches.
The term for Shepherd refers to the visionary work and care of Elders. As Shepherds they have a responsibility to lead the church through good solid teaching, either by teaching themselves or ensuring others are teaching well. They also look after and care for members of the church as counselors and caring men.
The term Overseer refers to the work of Elders to ensure the church is doing all the things it should. Elders are not expected to do all the work or look over the shoulder of members. Rather they have the ultimate responsibility to make sure each ministry is functioning as it should.
Finally, the term Elder refers to the decision-making work of the Elders. In each congregation of the New Testament where we read about Elders, there was always more than one Elder. They shared the work of the "Eldership." Elders then work together and make decisions as a group.
Elders are selected from among the congregation. When the church identifies the need to add Elders or replace Elders who may have retired from serving, passed away, or moved away, then the church as a whole will consider men who meet the qualifications of Elders which can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
Kenton grew up in the Azle area and graduated from Azle High School. He was married to Shelia for 51 years before her passing. He has two children and seven grandchildren.
Kenton was a dairy farmer near Azle for many years. Shelia was area (13 counties) President of Young Homemakers of Texas and was chosen Outstanding Young Homemaker of Parker County in 1964. He was State President of Texas FFA and State President of Young Farmers of Texas. Together they were selected Outstanding Young Farm Family of Parker County in 1968. Kenton was runner-up Outstanding Young Farmer of Texas.
Kenton has been a preacher for over 50 years including 31 years at Aledo. He also served churches in Poolville, Nacogdoches, Briar, and Justin, TX. He has preached at numerous congregations in Gospel Meetings and Summer Series. Kenton was appointed an Elder in 1998. He has traveled to Mexico to visit missionaries supported by our congregation.
Kenton has been an avid sportsman from his youth, especially enjoying basketball and golf.
A native of Glen Rose, TX, James Norman earned a B.S. degree from Sam Houston State University in Journalism. He was a sports writer for the Abilene Reporter-News for five years (1959-63), served nine years (1963-72) as Sports Information Director for Abilene Christian University and was a writer-deskman for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for 11 years (1972-83). James had a second career as a rural mail carrier in Weatherford, TX retiring in 1999.
He and his wife, Artie, a retired teacher, were married 53 years before her passing in February of 2016. He has three children, Lance, Holly and Shannon, and five grand-daughters, Corinne, Natalee and Lana Norman, and Paige and Madeline Benoit. James served as a Deacon and Treasurer of the Aledo church for 20 years. He was appointed as an Elder in 1999.
To say James loves rodeo would be an understatement. Much of hiswork in journalism covered various rodeo venues. He currently lives just west of Aledo in Parker County.