Freedom baptist church deacons

"If anyone serves me, he must follow me;

and where I am, there will be my servant also.

If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him."

John 12:26


For a descriptions of the qualifications of a deacon, scroll down.

  • Bran Faw, Chairman - ACTIVE

    "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17


    Bran and his wife have been married over 20 years and are the proud parents of Emily (16), Macy (14), and Davis (12).  His hobbies include hanging out with family and reading.


    Bran believes that the most important part of being a deacon is serving the Lord and the church.


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  • allen adeimy - ACTIVE

    "But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15


    Allen is the husband of Debbie Spears and has a daughter named Mylan Adeimy.  He's a teacher and coach at Ellerbe Middle School.  He enjoys fitness and play music on our worship team and with family and friends.


    Allen believes that the most important part of being a deacon is to serve the staff and congregation and to set an example of service in our church.


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  • jay denham - ACTIVE

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  • brad Denson - active

    "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


    Brad is family man who is always on the go.  Husband of Michelle and dad of two (Jentry and Harper), he enjoys using has roles as teacher and coach to minister to his students and his family.


    According to Brad, an  important part of being a deacon at Freedom is to be the voice of the church.  "We are here to do everything in our power to disciple and help our church family grow."


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  • tommy jarrell - active

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:13


    Tommy is married to Leiah Johnson Jarrell and together they have two daughters, Rachel and Kennedy.  He is the son of the late Randy and Carol Jarrell.  Tommy has been employed by the Richmond County Health Department since 1991 as Richmond County Health Director and is currently serving as Director of Health and Human Services.  He enjoys spending time with family, especially while visiting Cherry Grove Beach.  He is an avid sports fan and loves cheering for his Richmond Raider, Tarheels, and Dallas Cowboys.


    According the Tommy, the most important aspect of his time as deacon is serving others in the church.


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  • bob spears - active

    "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15


    Bob loves the Lord and believes that a working Christian is a happy Christian.  He is the proud father of two children Deborah (Terry) Brown, and the late David (Debbie).  He has five grandchildren, Andrew, Evan, Will, Tyler, and Courtney.  Bob is known best by the children of Freedom for his flawless Donald Duck impression and is more than willing to challenge you to a push up contest, which he will likely win.


    Bob believe that the most important role of a deacon is to follow the truths found in 2 Timothy 2:15.  Study, work, be unashamed, and live by example.


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  • MIKE WEBB - active

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Deacon family ministries

Paul identifies nine qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8-12:


Dignified (v. 8)

This term normally refers to something that is honorable, respectable, esteemed, or worthy, and is closely related to “respectable,” which is given as a qualification for elders (1 Tim. 3:2).


Not double-tongued (v. 8)

Those who are double-tongued say one thing to certain people but then say something else to others, or say one thing but mean another. They are two-faced and insincere. Their words cannot be trusted, so they lack credibility.


Not addicted to much wine (v. 8)

A man is disqualified for the office of deacon if he is addicted to wine or other strong drink. Such a person lacks self-control and is undisciplined.


Not greedy for dishonest gain (v. 8)

If a person is a lover of money, he is not qualified to be a deacon, especially since deacons often handle financial matters for the church.


Sound in faith and life (v. 9)

Paul also indicates that a deacon must “hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.” The phrase “the mystery of the faith” is simply one way Paul speaks of the gospel (cf. 1 Tim. 3:16). Consequently, this statement refers to the need for deacons to hold firm to the true gospel without wavering. Yet this qualification does not merely involve one’s beliefs, for he must also hold these beliefs “with a clear conscience.” That is, the behavior of a deacon must be consistent with his beliefs.


Blameless (v. 10)

Paul writes that deacons must “be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless” (v. 10). “Blameless” is a general term referring to a person’s overall character. Although Paul does not specify what type of testing is to take place, at a minimum, the candidate’s personal background, reputation, and theological positions should be examined. Moreover, the congregation should not only examine a potential deacon’s moral, spiritual, and doctrinal maturity, but should also consider the person’s track record of service in the church.


Godly wife (v. 11)

It is debated whether verse 11 refers to a deacon’s wife or to a deaconess. For the sake of this discussion, we will assume the verse is speaking about the qualifications of a deacon’s wife. According to Paul, deacons’ wives must “be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things” (v. 11). Like her husband, the wife must be dignified or respectable. Secondly, she must not be a slanderer or a person who goes around spreading gossip. A deacon’s wife must also be sober-minded or temperate. That is, she must be able to make good judgments and must not be involved in things that might hinder such judgment. Finally, she must be “faithful in all things” (cf. 1 Tim. 5:10). This is a general requirement which functions similarly to the requirement for elders to be “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6) and for deacons to be “blameless” (1 Tim. 3:10).


Husband of one wife (v. 12)

The best interpretation of this difficult phrase is to understand it as referring to the faithfulness of a husband toward his wife. He must be a “one-woman man.” That is, there must be no other woman in his life to whom he relates in an intimate way either emotionally or physically.


Manage children and household well (v. 12)

A deacon must be the spiritual leader of his wife and children.