After much prayer and an extensive selection process, our Elder Council is pleased to present the nine men listed below as candidates to serve in the role of Elder for The Church at Brook Hills.

RICHARD BAXTER and his wife, Tara, have been married since 2008 and are the parents of Hannah (3) and Noelle (3). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2009. Richard professed faith in Christ at the age of 18. He works as a pediatric dentist at Shelby Pediatric Dentistry. He currently leads a small group for families with young children, and Tara serves in Preschool Ministry. He considers his spiritual gifts to include teaching, leadership, and giving. Regarding his spiritual leadership in the home, Richard said: 

“As a parent, the spiritual formation of my children is my responsibility – not whether they are saved, as that is of God alone, but that they are exposed to biblical truth as much as possible, nurtured in the faith, prayed for regularly, and taught the Word every chance we get.”


RALPH DEWBERRY and his wife, Anne, will have been married 50 years next month and are the parents of three adult children. They have been members of Brook Hills since 1993. Ralph became a believer at the age of 24. He is a part-owner and CEO of PrintsWell, Inc. in Pelham. He currently leads a small group, serves as an usher and communion host, sings in the worship choir, and has been on short-term trips to China, Ecuador, and Thailand. Ralph previously served as a lay pastor and elder for ten years. He considers his spiritual gifts to include teaching, administration, encouragement, and service. Regarding the condition of his marriage, Ralph said:

“[It’s] excellent…this June we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We still hold hands all the time. She is the love of my life.”  


BRANDON FISHER and his wife, Brooke, have been married for 18 years and are the parents of Kaylee (15), Claire (11), and Colton (9). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2011. Brandon trusted Christ at the age of 13. He is the owner of Christian Brothers Automotive in Hoover. He currently teaches second-graders in BH Kids, co-leads an 8th grade boys small group on Wednesday nights, and serves as a member of the Personnel Ministry Team. He considers his spiritual gifts to include teaching, exhortation, and discernment. On the topic of becoming an elder, Brandon said: 

“I desire to help our body know, love, and obey God’s Word. It is my desire that we be a people who are continually growing in our love for God and love for others as we go on mission together building the kingdom of God.”


DAVID GOETZ and his wife, Rachel, have been married since 2015 and are the parents of Henrietta (2). David has been a member since 2004 and Rachel since 2009. David trusted Christ at the age of 10. He works as a media buyer for Martin Retail Group. He currently leads a young singles and young married couples small group, serves as a video director for our worship gatherings, and has led two short-term trips to India. He considers his spiritual gifts to include service, teaching, and hospitality. Regarding his mission, David said:

“My mission is to glorify Him with all that I am. As I see how glorious He is and how gracious my salvation is, I won’t be able to help but tell others about this great God.” 


JIM HOUSTON and his wife, Donna, have been married for 51 years and are the parents of two adult children. They have been members of Brook Hills since 1994. Jim professed faith in Christ at the age of 8. He serves part-time as our Pastoral Care Pastor, and his work includes hospital visitation, counseling, funerals, weddings, and family assistance ministry. He recently served as an elder from 2011 to 2017 and currently leads a small group. He considers his spiritual gifts to include mercy, encouragement, and teaching. Regarding his small group, Jim said: 

“I have been leading this group for 21 years. We pray, study God’s Word, encourage each other, and provide accountability for each other as we walk through life together.”


SCOTT JAMES and his wife, Jaime, will have been married for 16 years in June and are the parents of Will (12), Kirstine (11), Benjamin (8), and Bethan (6). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2008. Scott trusted Christ at the age of 7. He is a physician and researcher in the area of pediatric infectious diseases. He currently leads an adult small group and serves as part of the Rock the Block writing team. Scott has been on mission trips to Vietnam, Oman, Jordan, Dubai, Greece, and Malaysia, and he previously served as an elder from 2011 to 2017. He considers his spiritual gifts to include teaching, leadership, and shepherding. Regarding the work of elders in the local church, Scott said:

“Elders are called to shepherd the flock of God that is among them. Elders may have different gifts and different roles, but they serve together to know, feed, lead, and protect the sheep.”  


CHRIS KINSLEY and his wife, Liza, have been married for 16 years and are the parents of Story (9) and Haven (5). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2004. Chris professed faith in Christ at the age of 8. He works as our Communications Director where he provides leadership and coordination for Brook Hills’ overall communication strategy, including website, social media, graphic design, video, photography, and print. He currently leads a small group, regularly speaks in our worship gatherings, and preaches on occasion. Chris has been on short-term trips to South Africa, Uganda, Ecuador, Kenya, Ukraine, India, Ethiopia, China, Turkey, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He considers his spiritual gifts to include discernment, teaching, and wisdom. On the topic of serving as an elder, Chris said: 

“I have a heart for God’s people and desire to do more to help shepherd them…This has been a calling on my life for some time, and I strive to obey and answer that call.”


JEFF KUNARD and his wife, Laura, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of Christopher (11), Andrew (8), and Gabriela (6). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2014. Jeff was saved at the age of 11. He has worked as a senior sales manager for Halyard Health since moving to Birmingham from southern California in 2013. He currently leads an adult small group and considers his spiritual gifts to include discernment, leadership, and faith. Regarding his mission, Jeff said: 

“My mission in life is to glorify God! I can do this as I fulfill the Great Commission, fearlessly share the gospel, make disciples, obey and worship the Lord, and teach those around me about our great God.”


JARED SHULL and his wife, Mohana, have been married since 2005 and are the parents of Nate (11) and Isaiah (10). They have been members of Brook Hills since 2009. Jared became a believer at the age of 9. He works as a film editor at Outpost Pictures. He currently leads a small group and plays bass as part of our worship team. He considers his spiritual gifts to include encouragement, mercy, and hospitality. Regarding his family’s ministry of hospitality, Jared said: 

“We find people who are struggling, invite them to our house for dinner and fix them gourmet meals, and we tell them about how much God loves and forgives them. It would be hard to put into words the wonderful things God has done when we have opened up our home, feasted with struggling sinners, and waited for the Holy Spirit to arrive.”

 



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 13. You may contact them via phone at (205) 313-7720 or send an email to elderselection@brookhills.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 20. For a list of current elders, visit brookhills.org/elders.