Pastor- Joe Kontyko
Pastor Joe answered the call to the ministry at age 16 and became enrolled in several classes at a local bible institute while in high school. Joe earned a BA in Bible and MA in Pastoral Theology from Bob Jones University. Joe currently is working toward earning a Master of Divinity Concentrating in Messianic Jewish Studies at the Kings University. Joe was married to his wife Mary in 1985 and they are blessed with seven children. Joe has served congregations in Atlanta, New Hampshire and Maryland.
The Scripture teaches a plurality of elders to serve the local assembly of believers. The elders are a collective body of equals (Acts 14:23, 20:17). The office an Overseer or Bishop, Shepherd or Pastor and Elder are functional terms for one office in the Apostolic Writings. The three terms are used interchangeably for the same office (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5-7; 1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Peter 5:1-2; Jacob (James) 5:14). The three terms are always used in the plural in the Apostolic Scripture when addressing the leaders of the local assembly. The terms only occur in the singular when used in the generic sense, such as when delineating qualifications for the office. The Apostolic Scripture specifies elders must be Biblically and spiritually qualified males (Matthew 10:1-4; Acts 1:21; 1 Corinthians 14:33-38; 1 Timothy 2:12-3:7). The call to be an elder in the local assembly is for serving the spiritual needs of the believing community as exemplified by the Lord Jesus (Mark 9:33-35, 10:35-45; Luke 22:24-27; John 13:3-17).