At Woodland Park, we believe that the only correct Biblical form of church government is that Christ is the head of the church. Therefore, it is not the job of earthly leaders to make decisions, but to seek the Lord and to follow His lead. Hopefully every church has this as its goal, but we believe following Christ as the head is best accomplished with a plurality of elders seeking His will. Two Biblical principles are key to this objective being realized – plurality (multiple leadership), and unanimity (all sensing the same leading from the Lord). An increasing number of Southern Baptist churches are recognizing the value of elder-directed church government. Constitutionally, WPBC recognizes both lay and vocational elders. While members do not have a vote on every decision, they always have a voice, and it is crucial to our philosophy of elders that members always feel free to bring a matter to the elders’ attention. In addition to the gentlemen below who are active on the General Council of Elders, all our other pastors, as well as lay elders who have rotated off the general council (not removed for disciplinary reasons), are recognized as part of the larger “elder body,” though not part of the ruling council.
To voice your question or concern, please feel free to send an e-mail to the General Council of Elders via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Wayne A. Barber
He is a graduate of Mars Hill College. He attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received an honorary doctorate from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida and Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Wayne and his wife, Diana, have been married since 1969. He has two children and six wonderful grandchildren. Wayne enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Precept Ministries International since 1982 after working as a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department and serving as a pastor in churches in the Atlanta area. He presently serves as Director of Church and Ministry Relations for Precept Ministries International. David has coauthored some of the New Inductive Study Series (NISS) and 40-Minute Bible Studies and is a featured speaker in Precept Upon Precept videos. David has a passion to see the church of Jesus Christ make disciples, believing that this starts people on the path of learning to study the Scriptures for themselves. He and his wife, B.J., were married in 1976 and have two daughters.
Trevor Overcash grew up in a solidly Christian home and accepted Christ as Savior when he was five years old. After moving to Tennessee he attended elementary, high school, and college at Tennessee Temple where he met and married his wife, Lori. After graduation, both Lori and Trevor began ministry at AMG International. Trevor continues to serve at AMG Publishers as its Operations Manager. During that time, they began attending Woodland Park Baptist Church and have been here nearly 20 years. In 2001, Trevor enrolled in Timothy School (now called the SALT Institute) and completed the course of study in 2002. Since that time, Trevor serves the SALT Institute as a coach, faculty member, and deacon and is passionate about investing in discipleship. In 2005 Lori and Trevor helped to establish Hope & Help International, a ministry outreach to indigenous pastors in India. In 2007 Trevor began serving with Hope & Help International to teach and train rural pastors in India where annually thirty pastors are equipped and trained for ministry in their local areas. Trevor has worked with more than 80 pastors since 2007 to focus on encouraging indigenous leaders to reach their own people. Presently, Trevor serves in the Singles Ministry teaching the Single Point Fellowship Connection class.