In the New Testament, men known as elders oversaw congregations of God’s people. According to the Bible (Acts 14:23, Phil 1:1; Titus 1:5), the orderly arrangement and superintendence of the church entailed the ordaining of qualified men to a duly appointed eldership. The elders were known as bishops, pastors, presbyters, overseers, and shepherds. These six English terms are used interchangeably and all of their corresponding Greek terms are found in Acts 20:17,28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2. Each individual member of this office is to be qualified for this work by the criteria identified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We commend the following qualified men to you as pastors, bishops, elders/overseers, presbyters, and shepherds of the flock at the Dripping Springs church of Christ.
Tracy Frisinger was appointed to the work of an Elder in 2002. He is a retired Austin Police Department Detective.
Carl Garner has served as an Elder since 1991 as well as serving as a Preacher and Minister for the Dripping Springs congregation. A former school teacher and Christian educator, Carl moved to Dripping Springs in 1987 from San Marcos, Texas, where he served as the Bible Chair Director at Texas State University.
Bill Hyde was appointed to the work of an Elder in 2008. He is self-employed as the owner and operator of Dart Construction Company.
Roland Merz was appointed to the work of an Elder in 2008. He is retired from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Grady Moore has served as an Elder in the Dripping Springs congregation since 1972. He retired as District Manager from Washington National in 1989. Over the years, he has served on several community civic groups and was a nine-year member of the Dripping Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Rich Nelson was appointed to the work of an Elder in 2011. He is employed in the BioTech industry.
Charles Smith was appointed to the work of an Elder in 2008. He is a Deputy Director with the Texas State Attorney General’s Office.