After much prayer and an extensive selection process, our Elder Council is pleased to present the six men listed below as candidates to serve in the role of Elder for The Church at Brook Hills.
ALAN CHAPPELL and his wife, Melissa, have been married for twelve years and are the parents of Noah (9), Caroline (7), and Savannah (5). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2015. Alan professed faith in Christ at the age of 22. He works as a superintendent for Golden Construction. He currently serves as the Frontline Ministries Coordinator, a Wednesday-night leader in BH Kids, and assists with teaching and leading an adult small group. He considers his spiritual gifts to be leadership, administration, teaching, wisdom, and knowledge. Regarding his salvation, Alan said, “Having been raised in the church, I had an understanding of the gospel, but had no real knowledge of the power that it holds to transform a life…God brought me to a point of realizing the slave I was to my depravity. He mercifully saved me and transformed my life when I cried out to Him in the name of Christ. I now live in the power of a transformed life through Jesus.”
NATHAN FARROW and his wife, Rachel, have been married for two years and are the parents of Lila (4 months). He has been a member of Brook Hills since 2013, and Rachel a member since 2010. Nate professed faith in Christ at the age of eight. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently works as our Singles 20s/30s Minister here at Brook Hills. In addition to Singles Ministry, Nate also leads a small group, assists with Men’s Ministry, and preaches occasionally at Somerby. He considers his spiritual gifts to be leadership, administration, discernment, and mercy. Regarding serving as an elder, Nate said, “My desire is to see the church not just survive but thrive for the glory of God through sound doctrinal teaching, member care, and missional living.”
JOSH LEWIS and his wife, Allison, have been married for sixteen years and are the parents of Abigail (12), Jack (10), Isabel (9), Micah (6), Julia (4), and Sam (1). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2002. Josh professed faith in Christ at the age of 11. He works as a software consultant for Navigator Business Solutions. He currently serves as an adult small group leader, as he has since 2013. He considers his spiritual gifts to be giving, mercy, and leadership. Regarding serving as an elder, Josh said, “I love Brook Hills and desire to see it grow in all the right ways…and if [serving as an elder] is God’s desire for me and Brook Hills, I want to use the gifts He has given me to support the church’s vision, mission, and goal.”
MICHAEL MICKENS and his wife, Kewanna, have been married for fourteen years and are the parents of Kezia (10) and Bethany (7). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2013. Michael professed faith in Christ at the age of 24. He works as a school teacher for the Jefferson County Board of Education. He currently leads an adult small group on Sunday mornings and recently completed the Brook Hills Pastoral Training program. He considers his spiritual gifts to be teaching and administration. Regarding spiritual leadership in the home, Michael said, “I lead my family by being the pastor of our family…we read the Word together, we have family devotions, we pray as a family, we practice scripture memorization, we serve together, we worship together, and we evangelize together.”
CHRIS ROBBINS and his wife, Erin, have been married for eighteen years and are the parents of Anna (12), Clay (9), and Sam(5). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2005. Chris professed faith in Christ at the age of 17. He works as a school principal for Hoover City Schools. He and Erin currently serve as Faith Trainers for a 5th grade boys small group. He considers his spiritual gift to be teaching. Regarding spiritual leadership in the home, Chris said, “My role is to lead my family to love Christ and honor Christ, and to make them into disciples of Christ. I am the key teacher, protector, and servant in my family. I am to be a servant to my wife and a strong leader in our marriage.”
RICH STEWART and his wife, Angelia, have been married for twenty-five years and are the parents of Savannah (21) and Caroline (17). They have been members of Brook Hills since 1999. Rich professed faith in Christ at the age of 7. He works as a computer programmer for ProAssurance Companies. He has served as an adult small group leader since 2013, and he and Angelia currently teach four-year-olds in Preschool Ministry. He considers his spiritual gift to be teaching. Regarding making disciples of all nations, Rich said, “We have taken our family on mission trips for the past six years…these have been pivotal in our family’s discipleship. It has opened our eyes and given us a global perspective, as God has given us a love for Hindu people.”
If you are a member of this Faith Family, you are asked to express any biblical concerns you may have with any of these men. To do so, please contact the Elder Selection Team no later than Sunday, May 14. You may contact them via phone at (205) 313-7720 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, at which point a team member will respond to your concerns appropriately. Following a two-week period of prayer and consideration, a vote of affirmation for this group of new elder candidates will be taken during each Worship Gathering on Sunday, May 21. For a list of current elders, visit brookhills.org/elders.