An elder is “one who stands before” the church as a worthy model of godly character, conduct, and ministry. As such, his life, testimony and doctrine are open to examination. These men are called to be servant-leaders and therefore are accountable to every member of the church. If you have any concerns relative to any elder’s character, lifestyle, or doctrine, please contact a member of the existing Elder Board and lovingly communicate your thoughts.

Our By-laws provide that Elders are reaffirmed annually and can serve up to 6 consecutive terms (6 years total) at which time they must wait one year before they are eligible to serve again. Their ministry as overseers will continue only as long as they can pass the examination process explained in Scripture. The most pertinent passages are Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Timothy 5:17-21; Deuteronomy 19:15-20.

Tom Bednar
Elder
Tom and his wife, Tami, have four children. Tom is a Physical Therapist and co-owner of Grand Island Physical Therapy.

Shepherding Experiences: Elder Board, Priority has been with children/family, Employees who seek help at work, Past leadership in Bible studies, FCA, Greeter at church.
Eric Benson
Elder
Eric and his wife, Jeanette, have been married 35 years and have three grown children. Eric is a Chiropractic Physician in private practice in Grand Island.

Shepherding Experiences: Worship/music, high school ministries, elder.
Kent Kincanon
Elder
Kent has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 33 years. They have two grown daughters. Kent is the Grain Controller for the Aurora Cooperative Elevator Co.

Shepherding Experiences: Elder Board, Church Chairman, Adult Bible Fellowship Leader.
Don Plinsky
Elder
Don and his wife, Jo, have been married for 46 years and have three grown daughters. Don is an English Professor at Central Community College.

Shepherding Experiences: Elder Board, Adult Bible Fellowship Teacher and other duties.
Ben Merchant
Elder
Ben has been happily married to his wife Amy for 17 years. They have two sons, Truitt is 12 and Zander is 10. Ben is a Highway Project Manager for the Nebraska Department of Roads

Shepherding Experiences: Teaching in the Family Life Café Adult Bible Fellowship for the past three years. Volunteer in the Middle School ministry. Involved with teaching and helping to facilitate a small home group.