We believe the Scriptural pattern of church governance includes two offices, including oversight by elders and assistance from deacons. The term elder is synonymous with the term pastor. However, pastor refers to the function, while elder refers to the office. While some churches have elders who function as administrators and pastors who function as ministers, we believe every elder should be both a pastor/teacher and an overseer.

We believe the ideal pattern from the Scriptures includes a plurality (multiple) of elders. We presently have one elder/pastor, David Shiflet, as we pray and ask our Risen Lord to provide more laborers for the harvest (Luke 10:2, Eph.4:10-11, 1 Tim. 5:22). He is charged with preaching, teaching, pastoral ministry, and general oversight of the church. He is supported by our deacons: Steven Rappolee, Quamodi Stevenson, and Kyle Westmoreland, and by the whole church body. These deacons oversee our benevolence ministry, our facilities, and the physical needs of the members of GfBC Conroe.

Pastor David is the husband of one wife and father of six children, ranging in age from mid 20’s to early elementary. All six children have been home-schooled, with the two oldest having graduated and working now toward their vocations. Pastor David’s ambition is to make Christ known through His Word, and by that means to love God’s people deeply and to see the saints firmly established in lives of faithfulness to their King; and to see men, women, and children who do not yet know Jesus Christ come to repentance and faith.

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-5 ESV