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.
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.
Bill Passons is a native of Chattanooga and has attended Woodland Park since birth; he left only to attend college and to serve on the mission field. Bill and his wife, Dana, have served as missionaries since 2009 with AMG International. He served as AMG’s Regional Coordinator in Southeast Asia before God moved their family back to Chattanooga through a series of health-related events. Currently Bill serves as AMG’s Director of International Missions Strategy. Bill has been privileged to serve in several Woodland Park ministries over the years. He has been a facilitator in the GriefShare ministry and has served junior high and senior high students as a small group leader and also as a life group leader. Bill graduated from Woodland Park’s SALT Institute in 2011 and now serves as a faculty member. Bill has been married to his wife, Dana, for more than 22 years. They have two teenaged sons, Tucker and Major, and their daughter, Ellie, recently married Jason Currier. In his spare time, Bill enjoys spending time at home with the family, but he also enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures. He is an avid sports fan and especially loves watching his kids compete.
Eddie joined the staff of Woodland Park in 1989 after serving seven years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. He has authored or co-authored sixteen books, including many in the Following God series of studies published by AMG. He has also written numerous other publications. He currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor, overseeing the staff and support staff. He is also responsible for the School of Discipleship (Sunday and Wednesday night equipping courses), the Leadership Community, and the SALT Institute (our 2-year leadership training program). He and his wife, Michele, reside in Chattanooga and have four children.
David is 46 and has been a part of Woodland Park Baptist Church for over 30 years. During that time, he has served by helping lead the Living Life Connections Class, as well as serving on the Finance Ministry Council. David graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA from UTC. He is a CPA and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Astec Industries, Inc., located in Chattanooga where he has worked for 15 years. He and his wife, Sandi, have been married for nearly 23 years and are the parents of two children, Lauren who is 17 and Luke who is 14. Lauren and Luke attend Silverdale Baptist Academy.In his spare time David loves to hunt, watch college football, and do some cooking.