Elders and deacons are the only men in the Lord’s church who hold office (Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5, 1 Peter 5:2). The Church of Christ in Ashlea Gardens has appointed qualified men to these office.

Elders (also known as bishops) are overseers who keep watch over the flock as their spiritual shepherds and lead the church according to God’s will (Acts 20:28, Hebrews 13:17). They are to be on alert for and stop those who attempt to undermine the church in any way.

According to the qualification listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-13, an elder must be:

  • The husband of one wife
  • The father of faithful children
  • A good manager of his family
  • Blameless
  • vigilant
  • Sober
  • Well-behaved
  • Hospitable
  • Able to teach

He must not be:

  • A Drunkard
  • Violent
  • Quarrelsome
  • Greedy
  • A newly converted Christian

Ashlea Gardens’ Elders are:

Fred Bergh
Sean Bowes
Hennie Mulder
Henk Taljaard

Deacons are servants in the church. The word ‘deacon’ means one who serves. Although all members of the Lord’s body are to serve diligently in His kingdom, deacons are given special tasks to perform that assist in the smooth functioning of the congregation. Their work may include building  maintenance, public worship schedules, benevolence ministries, and more. By performing their task well, deacons enable the eldership to focus on the spiritual matters of the congregation (Acts 6:2-3)

According to 1 Timothy 3:8-13, a deacon must be:

  • Worthy of respect
  • Sincere
  • Not fond of much wine
  • Honest
  • A true follower of the faith
  • Faithful to his wife
  • A good manager of his household

Ashlea Gardens’ Deacons are:

Joshua Nyamande
Alan Page

While all of God’s people are tasked with preaching the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16), the preacher is responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word privately and publicly (Acts 20:20). Serving under the eldership, he plays a pivotal role in the process of salvation (Romans 10:13-17) and the edification of the church (2 Timothy 4:2-4,) and is called upon to be an example to the believers (I Timothy 4:12).

Ashlea Gardens’ preacher is Fred Bergh.