The biblical role of deacons is to take care of the physical and logistical needs of the church so that the elders can concentrate on their primary calling. This distinction is based on the pattern found in Acts 6:1–6. The apostles were devoted “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (v. 4). Since this was their primary calling, seven men were chosen to handle more practical matters in order to allow the apostles the freedom to continue with their work. This division of labor is similar to what we see with the offices of elder and deacon. Like the apostles, the elders’ primary role is one of preaching the Word of God. Like the seven, deacons serve the congregation in whatever practical needs may arise.

  • Frank Hodges - Deacon of building and grounds

    Frank and Carolyn have been married since 1981 and live on a small farm in Stonington which is located in Southeast Lawrence County. They have two adult children and five grandchildren. Frank is retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Carolyn is a retired teacher from the BNL school system. They have been members of Tulip Street since 1993. Frank has served as deacon of building of building and grounds since 2019. Carolyn has served in Childrens Ministry since 1993.

  • Jon Swayer - Deacon of safety and security

    Jonathan and his wife, Misty, have been married since 1998 and make their home in Orleans. They have two children (Evan & Emma), and an overly friendly dog (Ella). They have been attending TSCC since 2002 and have participated in various ministries over the years. If you don't see them on a given Sunday morning, there's a good chance they're on a camping trip with their family.