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ELDERS

God’s Word established an office of the church called Elder, and charged these men with the responsibility of leading the church. Elders are servants of Christ and the church and view their tasks as spiritual ministries for the Lord. The elders manage and shepherd the church by teaching biblical truth (Titus 1:9); modeling Christ-like behavior (1 Timothy 3:2); maintaining doctrinal purity (Acts 20:29-30); disciplining unrepentant believers (Galatians 6:1); praying for those who are ill  (James 5:13-15); attending to the spiritual, physical, material and social needs of the congregation; developing future spiritual leaders (2 Timothy 2:2); promoting missions; seeking to discern God’s will concerning the vision and direction of the church; and overseeing financial matters (Acts 11:30).

As we seek to train and develop new leaders, we’ve developed an Elder Apprentice program. Each man invited to participate as an Elder Apprentice attends the meetings and is encouraged to participate in discussion, but he does not have a vote on the board. The Elder Apprentice program allows the church to both train and evaluate men that seem qualified and interested in the office of Elder. 

 

Zeke Bridges

Zeke Bridges

Zeke has been attending The Shepherd’s Church since 2004. His wife Grace started attending in 2000 while she was a student at NC State. They both became members soon after they married in 2004. Zeke has served as a light tech on the AVL team since 2006. He also served as a deacon, and he and his wife have been long-time members of the Church History foundation seminar class. Zeke also attends the Wednesday morning Men’s Bible Study, Quest. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Campbell University School of Law. He and Grace have two children.

Dave Burggraff

Dave Burggraff

Dave and his wife Lucy were introduced to The Shepherd’s Church in 2007 when he came as a Summer Series speaker. In 2009 he joined the staff as the Executive Pastor.  Dave also serves as a  professor of theology and as the chaplain of Shepherds Theological Seminary.  Dave and Lucy grew up in Minnesota; he graduated from the University of Minnesota (and still cheers for the “Golden Gophers”); received his seminary degrees in Pennsylvania; and received his doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dave and Lucy have three sons and five grandchildren.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy and Andrea (Andi) came to The Shepherd’s Church in 2019 after having been the Assistant Director of The WEST Institute, a Shepherds Seminary (STS) teaching site in Laramie, WY. Jimmy now directs Shepherds Institute in Cary and serves as Pastor of Community Life at our church where he helps shape and implement our small group ministry, providing opportunities for adults to find community in the body of Christ. He is a graduate of the Univ. of Wyoming and Shepherds Seminary. Jimmy & Andi enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with their two sons.

Caleb Cruse

Caleb Cruse

A proud North Carolinian, Caleb was born and raised just south of Charlotte in Monroe, NC. He joined the staff at The Shepherd’s Church in January of 2017 in the Communications department as a graphic designer. He currently serves as the Student Ministry Pastor and is passionate about creatively equipping the next generation of servant leaders. Caleb is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Shepherds Theological Seminary. When he’s not reading a book, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Brittany and their two children.

Stephen Davey

Stephen Davey

Stephen is the Founding Pastor, and the current Pastor/Teacher of The Shepherd’s Church.  Stephen also serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary, and serves as the principal Bible teacher for the global radio and resource ministry, Wisdom International.  Stephen and Marsha have been married for 40 years and enjoy spending time with their grown children and perfect grandchildren!

Learn more about Stephen and our history HERE.

Elmer Dixon

Elmer Dixon

Elmer and his wife Linda have been attending The Shepherd’s Church since 1990. God has blessed them with two children and seven grandchildren. Elmer is a residential building contractor. He has served at the church in the adult choir, Carpenters for Christ, Deacon, involved in Quest Bible studies, and Life Spring ABF. He enjoys spending time with his wife Linda, his sons, their wives and all of the grandchildren. He also enjoys cycling. 

Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon

Scott and his wife Amy joined The Shepherd’s Church in 1997.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a partner in a Raleigh-based land development company.   Scott and Amy met in college, and they have a son, Josh, and two daughters, Katie and Caroline.  Scott began attending our church during its early years while in college in 1989.  He has served in the church as a Deacon, in AWANA, and in the Sports Ministry.  Scott also coaches high school basketball and enjoys spending time with his family. 

Gary Hallquist

Gary Hallquist

Gary holds a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been a Counseling and Care Pastor since 2017. In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Gary is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology for Shepherds Seminary, with teaching responsibilities in Biblical Counseling and Worship Studies. Gary served as our church’s Music Pastor from 2011 to 2017. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He and his wife, Sherrell, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Bobby Higdon

Bobby Higdon

Bobby and his wife Corinne joined The Shepherd’s Church in 2002.  Since then Bobby has served in the Adult Choir, AWANA, as a Middle School group leader, along with Corinne, in the first grade Shepherd’s Kids class, and as a Deacon.  He is also a member of our Mobilization Team.  Bobby is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest School of Law.  He served as a federal prosecutor for more than 24 years.  Currently, he serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  He and Corinne have two sons, Clay and Matt.

Aaron Kilian

Aaron Kilian

Aaron joined the music staff at The Shepherd’s Church in 2014. He has served in churches in Minnesota, California and North Carolina. He has a bachelor’s and masters degree in music. Aaron and his wife Jill met when they were in middle school and have three children Audrianne, DJ and Jacob. Aaron loves spending time with his family, watching the Minnesota Vikings and golfing.

Les Lofquist

Les Lofquist

In addition to his role serving at The Shepherd’s Church as Pastor of Church Relations, Les serves on the faculty of Shepherds Seminary as Asst. Professor of Practical Theology. He’s been a church planter, Bible college professor, senior pastor, and Executive Director of IFCA International. He’s a graduate of Grand Rapids (MI) School of Bible & Music, Grace College, and Grace Theological Seminary. He and his wife Miriam have 5 children and 5 grandsons. Their son Paul serves as Shepherd’s College Pastor. As an old church planter in Utah, he loves the strong emphasis on church planting here at our church. 

Paul Lofquist

Paul Lofquist

Paul is married to Summer, and they have two “all boy” sons – Micah & Austin. Paul & Summer both grew up on opposite ends of Utah as children of church planters, and supposedly played together as kids. Paul spent 10+ years in the corporate world in sales and marketing before God’s clear leading brought him to The Shepherd’s Church College Ministry. Paul and Summer have a heart for disciple-making, and love getting into the lives of their students.

Rich Main

Rich Main

Rich and his wife Heidi and their daughter Ashlyn have been attending The Shepherd’s Church since 2001. He has taught a number of Adult Bible Fellowship classes in the past and currently teaches church history with Wayne Knowles. Rich also participates in the men’s ministry. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Engineering and earned an M.A. in Ministry from Shepherds Seminary. When he’s not serving at church, Rich likes to spend time with family and do projects around the house. His other interests include keeping up with technology trends, studying leadership development, and following Duke Basketball.

Leo Mazzocchi

Leo Mazzocchi

Leo and his wife Nancy had been praying for a Bible preaching church in Cary and attended the first service of The Shepherd’s Church in East Cary Middle School.   He completed his undergraduate work at West Virginia University,  medical school training at the  Medical College of Virginia, and radiology training at Duke University of which he is a loyal sports fan.  A retired radiologist, Leo is a long time leader in Bible Study Fellowship.  He and Nancy enjoy the beach and spending time with their  three children and eight grandchildren.

Larry Pettegrew

Larry Pettegrew

Larry and Linda Pettegrew came to The Shepherd’s Church in 2007 when Larry became the Dean and Executive Vice President of Shepherds Theological Seminary. He is currently serving at Shepherds as the Research Professor of Theology. Larry teaches in Coaches Corner and has served on the Mobilization team at our church. Larry and Linda are originally from Illinois and have been married for over 50 years. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.

Al Potter

Al Potter

Al came to The Shepherd’s Church in the fall of 2012 to serve as the Vice President of Advancement for Shepherds Theological Seminary.  Al has served as a college president, vice president, and has taught on the college and seminary level. Al’s pastoral ministry was defined as a church planter—planting churches in PA, NJ, NY, and CA.  He teaches the courses on church planting at STS and is the lead coach for the churches planted in the US through the Shepherds Network of The Shepherd’s Church.  He has two children and four grandchildren and enjoyed 48 years of marriage with his wife Patricia who is now with the Lord.

Stephen Pritchett

Stephen Pritchett

Stephen has been on staff since 2006 and is the Director of the Counseling and Care Ministry Department. He received his M. Div.  degree in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently finishing a Doctoral Degree in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen has over 20 years of experience as a counseling pastor and in the ministry of caring and giving spiritual direction.  He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich marriage counselor.  Stephen and his wife, Kim, have two children.

Vince Smith

Vince Smith

Vince and his wife Cynthia joined The Shepherd’s Church in 1999. He has served as a Deacon and as the teacher of the Foundations of Faith class. He is currently teaching the Open Bible Adult Bible Fellowship. In May 2010, Vince graduated from Shepherds Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts Degree in Biblical Literature. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, spending time with his wife Cynthia, exercising and playing with their dog Charlotte.

Steve Stadtmiller

Steve Stadtmiller

Steve and his wife Etta moved to NC in July 2016 to join our church. God has blessed them with four married children and seven grandchildren.  They lived in Togo, Africa, from 1996 to 2004.  Since their return to the USA, Steve has served as an assistant pastor and as the Mobilization Director for a mission agency – IBMGlobal.  He enjoys Michigan sports, playing golf, long walks with Etta, and spending as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren.

Alan Townsend

Alan Townsend

Alan and his wife Mandy began attending The Shepherd’s Church in 2000.  They have three children—Betsy, Beka and Jacob.  Alan is a graduate of North Carolina State’s School of Engineering and is a manager in a local product design firm. Alan currently teaches the “Devoted 2:42” Adult Bible Fellowship which minister’s to parents of High School and College Students. He and Mandy are volunteer leaders of our church’s ministry to Special Needs children. He enjoys fishing, working on cars and mentoring younger men.

Kevin Welch

Kevin Welch

Kevin and his wife, Renee, have been attending The Shepherd’s Church since 2008. Kevin was born and raised in Cary. He is a CPA and a graduate of Wake Forest University. He has served at our church as a Deacon and in AWANA and Sports ministry. He currently teaches the New Life Adult Bible Fellowship. He and Renee met in 5th grade and have two children, Hunter and Lilly. Kevin loves spending time with his family and enjoys household projects and watching sports. 

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Scott and his wife Robyn started attending The Shepherd’s Church in late 2010. Scott is from San Antonio, TX, and Robyn is from Winston-Salem, NC. They met while both were attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, where Scott earned his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree. He has served as a pastor in churches in AL and NC for over 15 years and during this time, earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree in expository preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught the Men’s ABF, and the Singles SALT & Life ABF prior to serving in his current capacity. 

Wayne Witt

Wayne Witt

Wayne spent much of his professional life as a custom home builder in the Triangle area and in Charleston, South Carolina. He later joined our staff as Facilities Director and led our church through a major building project.  He’s now retired, but continues to serve as an Elder, a role he’s had for many years.  Wayne and his wife Terry have been blessed with two daughters and several grandchildren.

Scott Wylie

Scott Wylie

Scott joined our staff in 1995. In addition to serving The Shepherd’s Church in the area of Family Ministry, Scott serves as the broadcast host for the global radio and resource ministry, Wisdom International. He was born and raised in Michigan, and graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Scott met his wife Lorie while they were both students at Moody. The Wylies live in Garner and have two sons, Chad and Eric. Scott enjoys camping, tackling home improvement projects and working in his yard.

Wayne Knowles

Wayne Knowles

Elder on Special Assignment

While on sabbatical, Wayne is spearheading a special partnership between The Shepherd’s Church and the Russian Bible Church, our sister church in Moscow, assisting them as they continue to accommodate exciting growth and expansion. Wayne has been on the elder team for the last 25 years, serving for 10 years as chairman, and continues teaching our Foundations Church History class. Previously, Wayne served on the Board of Wisdom International and Shepherds Seminary. He and his wife Phyllis have been married 45 years and are enjoying five children and 18 grandchildren. Wayne is employed by an investment management firm as Director of Sales.

ASK OUR ELDERS

Do you have a theological question or issue that you’ve been wrestling with and need help finding answers?  Our Elders would be happy to assist!  Send your questions or comments to asktheelders@shepherds.org.