Our Congregation's Leaders

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.

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Clark Anderson

Clark Anderson

Twickenham Shepherd

Pictured: Clark & Janet

Clark grew up on a family farm near Greeneville, Tennessee. The farming background has made it easier for me to understand many of the parables of Jesus. Watching animals be born and immediately know how to walk or care for a newborn was something that deepened my belief that God is the creator of all things. I graduated from Lipscomb, Tennessee and Auburn. While attending Auburn I met my wife Janet at the Auburn Christian Student Center (ACSC). A place we still hold very dear to our hearts and the place where our son Reed met his wife Laura Beth. Our daughter Rebecca also attended Auburn and the ACSC. All three went on mission trips to Honduras sponsored by the ACSC. I have worked for a number of government contractors in Huntsville for the last 30 plus years and am currently with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Janet graduated from UAH and has worked for NASA for 15 years. Janet and I were both heavily influenced by our parents who were at church every time the doors were open and had almost every family in their respective churches in their homes for meals.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
I have a significant amount of interest in the Hacienda of Hope effort in Ecuador.  Foreign mission is important because who knows when it might be necessary for Ecuador to send missionaries to the United States?  I also spent quite a bit of time with Jobs for Life (JfL).  JfL is a very rewarding ministry to be involved with.  When you see students lives transformed and begin to have success finding a better job, it gives you a feeling like no other.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Bible Verse: There are two pairs of verses I think are extremely important. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1-3. The first four words in the Bible are the most important. In the beginning God. Without God in the beginning, what else is there? The other pair is Psalms 19:1-3 and Romans 1:20. These verses indicate how much evidence there is in the universe and the world around us that we cannot help but know there is a God.
Character: I think David is my favorite character for two reasons.  On the farm, my favorite animals were sheep and I raised one on a bottle that would literally follow me anywhere I went.  So, I very much understand Psalm 23 and David being a shepherd king.  But I also like the humbleness of David when he is willing to admit when he makes a mistake.  He made many mistakes and he was always willing to admit he made them (sometime he had to be prompted) but he also prayed to God to forgive him and take away his guilt.  I make mistakes and I need to be willing to always admit them and ask for forgiveness.
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Caring for flowers around the house, visiting the family farm in Greeneville.  I also enjoy sports, primarily, but not limited to, the University of Tennessee.  #VFL
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
Twickenham is a church that cares for people and is open to all.  We are involved in several ministries that are truly ways to serve others.  To be a servant like Jesus was a servant, there are numerous opportunities for that at Twickenham. 

God’s Word to the Elders

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. I Timothy 3:1-7
An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:6-9
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25–28
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:1-4
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5–7
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it ... Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever ... Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. Hebrews 13:1-2; 7-8; 15-17
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13–16
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:28, 32

Why Our Members Chose Twickenham

Our first Sunday back – relief, gratitude and being able to be part of such an uplifting assembly and worship again. We feel like this church is our family.

Uplifting! I loved the energy of the service – the singing – just a great “vibe”.

We appreciate the ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) classes we have been in. I love The Spring!