Our ADVISORY ELDER BOARD
In our Biblical philosophy of ministry, we note the following:
God’s plan is to have a plurality of godly men lead and protect each local assembly of believers. The writer of Hebrews instructs us about the congregation’s obedience to their leaders (Heb. 13:17). This plurality of godly men is not to lord authority over the flock but to serve them and be an example (1 Pet. 5:2-3). Their only authority, at best, is a derived authority, as God speaks to His Church through His Word and as it is taught and applied. To be examples to the flock, leaders must reflect the character of Christ and fulfill the qualifications set forth in Scripture (1 Thess. 2:4-12; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Ps. 15).
As we wait on the Lord to raise up elders from within our church body, we are thankful that gifted men have come alongside us as a church body to provide oversight, wisdom and support for our Pastor of Preaching as we seek to honor the Biblical mandate of godly, qualified plurality of shepherd-elders.
Dr. keith Essex
A.B., California State University, Long Beach
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
D.Min., The Master’s Seminary
During his residency for his Master of Theology degree, Dr. Essex ministered with Campus Crusade and later as a student pastor in Dallas, Texas. Following graduation, he served as Academic Dean at Grace Bible Institute in Long Beach, California. During this time he was also involved as a church planter, interim pastor, and later as an associate pastor. For nine years he pastored in Redondo Beach.
Dr. Essex came to The Master’s Seminary as an adjunct professor in 1992, joining the faculty full-time in 1994. He served at TMS until he retired in 2017.
Pastor James barbouletos
James grew up in Salt Lake City until his family moved to the Seattle area during his high school years. From a young age his parents taught him to have a high view of God and His word. James graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a degree in History and then attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. for pastoral training. He earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree in 2007 and served as the Pastor of Student Ministries at a church in Issaquah, WA for six years. In 2014, James was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Ahtanum Pioneer Church in Yakima.
James and his wife LeAnne have been married since 2007 and have five wonderful children.