Jesus is the head of the church, which means He has authority over it and he governs it. He is the one who guides and directs us, and He is the one who we strive to obey. This means that all of us, including our leadership, submit to the authority of Scripture, which testifies to who Jesus is and how he wants us to live.
Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders. The New Testament refers to this as the office of pastor/overseer. The qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well in both the church and everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible, a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation with both those inside and outside the church. The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, setting vision and direction for the church, caring for the people in the church, preaching, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine or teachers, and developing other leaders. These responsibilities can be summarized in the following four activities: lead, feed, guide and protect.
These are the men our congregation has recognized as elders.