Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). Elders are to be men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and an elder’s duties include ruling (1 Timothy 5:17) managing (1 Timothy 3:4-5), tending (1 Peter 5:2-5), giving account (Hebrews 13:17), living an exemplary life (Hebrews 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2), preaching (1 Timothy 5:17), doctrinal instruction (Titus 1:9), and church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17).
The clear pattern of scripture is for local churches to train up multiple qualified elders to serve together as a safeguard for both the church and the elders (Acts 20:17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1). Within our leadership, Jesus alone is the Senior Pastor (1 Peter 5:4). Below, you will find the pastors under him who lead and serve in our church family.
Vision & Teaching
Michael's been a part of the Midtown family since 2006 when served as one of Midtown's first ever interns. He became a Midtown pastor in 2010 and planted Midtown Lexington in the fall of 2015. Michael is married to Lauren, and they have two children, Cannon and Nora Kate. Michael's favorite things about Lexington are Lake Murray and the Saluda River.
Groups & Discipleship
Brandon was a junior at Anderson University when he heard about a group of guys planting a church in Columbia that was going to be focused on being “family” and serving the community. That’s exactly what he hoped the local church could be, so he moved down here to intern in the summer of 2006 and has been a part of our church family ever since! Brandon is married to Kristi, and together have three kids: Sully, Jeremiah, and Isla. Brandon's favorite thing about Lexington is having a meal with friends at a local restaurant or going for a run on the dam.