Both offices of elder and deacon together model the whole ministry of Christ. As Christ on earth was "mighty in deed and word" (Luke 24:19), so now from heaven, Christ continues these two aspects of ministry through the two offices in the church. -New Horizons publication of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, March 2010
I believe that Justin is the first member to be baptized and to become an officer in Matthews OPC. Now there is an Elder Clark and a new Deacon Clark! The installation service for Luke, Powell, and Justin was very powerful and encouraging this past Sunday night. We heard a strong message from our pastor on the leaders of the church, witnessed the laying on of hands by the elders, took vows as a church, and participated in the Lord's Supper. Justin and I are anticipating serving "the widow and the orphan" together! Please continue to pray for him in his new role.
Special thanks to Justin's long-time friends, the Matthews and the Kings, and to our friend, Naphtali, for coming to support Justin Sunday evening!!!