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.

Freedom Baptist Church follows the example of Acts 6 in appointing seven men to be designated as "active" within our deacon ministry.  These deacon leaders attend monthly meetings and other functions for a particular time and season within the life of the church.  Others who are considered "inactive" still serve within our church ministries in various capacities throughout the year and would qualify (as well as any other qualified man) to be elected to serve in the future as active.

  • Jack Yarborough - ACTIVE, Chairman

    17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

    Jack is married to Ann Yarborough and together they have three children: Erin McNair (Trey), Heather James (Jeff), and  Nathan (Abbey).  He works as fixed operations manager at Griffin Toyota.  If you don't happen to catch him it work, you'll likely find him at one of three places: worshipping the Lord and playing his newest Paul Reed Smith guitar, grilling on a RecTeq on his back deck (affectionately known as "Jammin' Jack's Cookin' Shack," or taking it easy on the water while he captains "Test Drive."

    Jack says, "Being a deacon is another chapter in my life of serving the body of Christ through the local body we call Freedom Baptist.  I have said so many times that in the days I have left here on earth before eternity begins, I want to be partnered with “Like Minded Believers” that realize just how quick life happens.  We should not let a day go might that we are not light in this dark world we live.  My goal is to serve our church and help us to be a body that makes a difference in our community.

    Contact Jack via phone (910) 206-2300

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  • P.T. Dawkins - ACTIVE, Co-CHAIRMAN

    "And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,  to the glory of God the Father."   Philippians 2:8-11

    P.T. is married to Brooke and they have three children: Madison, Presley, and Nolan.  He works for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.  P.T. loves to run and basically do anything that involves being outside.

    He believes that the most important part of being a deacon is being a faithful servant.

    Contact P.T. via phone (910) 995-3992

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

    Jerry is married to Sandy Underwood Exum and has  two children: Bridget and  Steven.  Together they have four grandkids and give great-grandkids.  Though he may have retired from his career as a police officer, he still continues as a jack-of-all-trades and enjoys helping people, working in church, hunting, and fishing.

    He believes the role of deacon is to be there for the people, the pastor, and other deacons.  "We are to set examples for each other and to follow His Word," says Jerry.  "I also feel that the widows hold a special place with God and should be one of our top priorities."

    Contact Jerry via phone (910) 232-2168

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    Contact Neel via phone (910) 995-2210

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    Earnest's Bio

    Contact Ernest via (910) 995-6474

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  • Tim Tillman - ACTIVE

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

    Tim is married to Jennifer and together they have two daughters Megan Gainey and Meredith Tillman and six grandchildren.  As a retired truck driver of 40 years, Tim spends most of his time now hunting, fishing, and enjoying time with his family.  He loves helping out wherever needed at church, especially if someone is hungry!  He is a great cook.

    Tim believes the most important part of being a deacon is being able to serve God, be His hands and feet, and help others.

    Contact Tim via phone (910) 280-2902

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  • allen adeimy

    "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 playing 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.

    Contact Allen via phone (252) 315-4374

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  • jay denham

    Jay Denham's is the husband of Michelle and dad to Morgan Denham Canady (Jesse) and Haleigh.  In his free time he enjoys the outdoors and enjoys running and skiing on snow AND water (sometimes even barefoot!).

    He believes the most important part of being a deacon is to love the church and to serve them to the best of his ability.

    Contact Jay via phone (910) 461-7022

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    "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

    Kip is married to Sissy.  Together, they have five children: Adrian (Ambrosia), Todd, Amanda (Phil), Holly (Mark), and Sarah (Zach) and 8 grandchildren (for now!!)  With a background in the moving and furniture business, Kip now spends most of his time managing rental properties.  He still enjoys the occasional buy-sell opportunity whether it be with cars, antiques, or any other cool thing he may stumble upon.  With such a large family, free time isn't abundant but he's always interested in going on on adventures with his wife or watching a movie.  Most of all, he loves being a "Papa."

    Kip is very passionate about putting others before himself.  His humble heart is foremost in his actions.  He naturally roots for the underdog and wants to go out of his way to give someone a break they need and show the genuine and unfailing love of God.

    Contact Kip via phone (910) 895-3111

  • brad Denson

    "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."

    Contact Brad via phone (910) 619-3266

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  • Bran Faw

    "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, Macy, and Davis.  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.

    Contact Bran via phone (910) 434-3020

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  • tommy jarrell

    "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.

    Contact Tommy via phone (910) 997-1365

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  • bob spears

    "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) Spears.  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 believes 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.

    Contact Bob via phone (910) 331-2522

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    "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    Romans 8:38

    Mike is in love and happily married to Liliana Cubides Webb.  He works as a sales representative for a Fortune 500 consumer goods company.  Mike loves spending time with his family and his hobby is playing golf.

    Mike believes that in order to be an effective deacon, he must continually strive to grow and become stronger in his relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that he can find center of God's will for his life.

    Contact Mike via phone (910) 995-0728

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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.