After much prayer and an extensive selection process, our Elder Council is pleased to present the following candidates to serve in the role of Elder for The Church at Brook Hills. Following a two-week period of prayer and consideration, a digital vote of affirmation for Chris and Josh will be taken as part of our Worship Gatherings and Livestream today, Sunday, June 28. Vote using the button below.
Chris Amaro and his wife, Wendy, have been married since 2006 and are the parents of Audrey Kate (10), Cole (9), Jackson (4), and Lucy (3). Wendy has been a member of Brook Hills since 2013, and Chris since he was baptized in 2016. Chris was raised in a practicing Catholic family but first came to Brook Hills in 2006 after meeting Wendy. He ultimately professed faith in Christ in 2013 at the age of 34. Chris works as the Senior DevOps Architect for Fame Intelligence, LLC.
He currently leads an on-campus small group for Elementary Parents on Wednesday nights, serves in Preschool Ministry as a small group leader and large group storyteller, and as a communion table host. Chris also leads a men’s prayer gathering each month in his backyard, supports and speaks for the Birmingham Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and also co-hosts a podcast called “Great Groups” with Jay Gordon, our Adult Small Groups Minister. He considers his spiritual gifts to include hospitality, service, and teaching.
When asked about his desire to be an elder, Chris said:
“I feel God's tug on my heart that this is my next step as a believer and a member of Brook Hills. I do deeply desire to serve the church in any way possible, and for no other reason than to ensure that the gospel continues to be shared.”
Josh Appel and his wife, Audrie, have been married since 2014 and are the parents of Eleanor (3) and Shepherd (11 months). Audrie has been a member of Brook Hills since 2012, and Josh since 2013. He professed faith in Christ at the age of 7 at a meeting of his local Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Josh was then baptized at the age of 16. He works as the Ministry Coordinator for Forgotten Children Ministries.
Josh currently leads a couples small group on Tuesday nights and plays guitar as part of our worship ministry. He has previously served as a Special Needs Buddy and also participated in our pastoral training cohort. Josh also enjoys participating in adventure races and is an active member of the Birmingham Ultra Trail Running Society. He considers his spiritual gifts to include mercy, leadership, and administration.
When asked about his desire to be an elder, Josh said:
“I love the local church! I love my brothers and sisters that God has blessed me with walking through life beside. I want my life to be used by God to bring him glory by shepherding his people until he comes again. There are a lot of important things in life, but caring for God's people is one of the most important to me.”
We are excited to present Chris Amaro and Josh Appel to you and ask you to join us in prayerfully considering them for the role of elder. If you are a member of Brook Hills, you are asked to express any biblical concerns you may have with Chris or Josh. To do so, please contact the Elder Selection Team no later than Sunday, June 21. 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 digital vote of affirmation for Chris and Josh will be taken as part of our Worship Gatherings and Livestream on Sunday, June 28.
For a list of current elders, visit brookhills.org/elders.