In October, you were asked to recommend men whom you thought would serve well as elders of TMCC. Specifically, men who understand the uniquenesses of this church and would lead us to fulfill the purposes God created us for.
The men you recommended (who were not already on staff), were invited to a Prospective Elder Breakfast where they met with current Elders and discussed what it means to be an Elder at TMCC.
The Elders continued to pray, and interviews were offered to four men. Three men accepted, and this year all three men who were interviewed are being recommended to you for installation this Sunday, December 10 at the 9:00 am gathering.
Prior to installation, there is a comment period for you to either affirm each man for this role, or to give a biblical reason why he does not possess the qualities needed. This period ends this Friday, Dec. 8.
Please direct comments to If you share a concern that could prevent one of the men from serving in this role, please include your name for confidential follow-up, and it will be considered.
Below is a picture and a bio from each of the selected Elders.
I am married to Sandy, we have been married for over 33 years. We have 2 daughters, Brittany, 28, currently living in Sierra Vista and working as a Speech Pathologist and Shannon, 26, married living in Rochester, MN working as a Physical Therapist. Sandy and I have lived in Sierra Vista for 29 years. I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1981, and served on activity duty for 11 years in El Paso, TX, Germany and Sierra Vista. I am a retired Army reservist. Sandy is currently working as a 5th Grade teacher at Leman Academy and has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. I am a Computer Engineer working for the Department of the Army. I am an avid reader, amateur cook and enjoy traveling to visit family whenever the opportunity presents itself. I serve on the Hosting Team and I am the Assistant Baker for Sandy's ministry on the Baking Team. When I have free time, I enjoy home improvement projects. Prior to coming to TMCC, we attended church on post at the Main Post Chapel because our daughters spent a lot of time on post at the chapel and we felt that was the best way to support them. After they went off to college, we decided we needed to find our own church home. We got to know Randy and Kim over the years through softball and work, so we decided we would try out "Randy and Kim's" church and it is the right place for us. We have truly found a church home at TM
My wife, Brittany, and I have three kids - Lily, who is 6, Anneliese, who is 3, and Harry, who is nearly 1 - and have been married for coming up on 8 years. We enjoy the outdoors, reading, and watching hockey (Especially the Red Wings and Tucson Roadrunners!). Britt, age not disclosed, is a full-time momma and a full-time grad student in the evening. I am a 30-year-old former adventure seeker and current family man.
After just over 10 years is in the Marines, we decided it was time for a career change that offered us more time together. I had spent the last several years as a Marine Raider in the fast-paced Special Operations community. As you might imagine, this lifestyle took a toll on our family. So, after lots of prayer and with no job lined up, I left the military in September 2016, trusting we had made the right choice. Not long after, I was offered a position here in Sierra Vista. We began looking for a church on the long drive from the East Coast and, thanks to the internet, we found TMCC pretty quickly and decided to keep coming back after the first visit! As for my group and ministry involvement; I lead or participate in a couple of Connect Groups, hang out with our high school boys during youth events, and recently started teaching in the great children’s ministry we have.
Chad and Tiffany Gabbard, married 23 years, three kids, Connor, 21, Colin 18 and Trista 13. I was invited to TMCC by a co-worker in 2009, moved to Tennessee in 2011, then came back in 2014.
I've helped with youth ministry, Project Serve and my wife and I have a Connect Group on Fort Huachuca. My wife also does guest services and Trista volunteers in the kitchen.
David Gibbs and Jerry Halliburton will be transitioning out of eldership after completing their terms. We will have an opportunity to express our appreciation for them on Sunday, January 7 also (coincidentally) at the 9:00 am worship gathering.
"Elders empower the church to win at making disciples who make disciples."
- The Elders oversee the operation of the church so it advances the kingdom of God in ways that value people and honor God.
- The Elders set policies that establish boundaries (rules) to provide freedom for the staff, not intending to make the “rules” the object of the game.
- The Elders keep watch over themselves, and all the flock serving the Chief Shepherd, who bought the church with His own blood.
- The Elders are men who are devoted to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
Scriptures that describe the qualities an Elder should possess:
- 1 Timothy 3:1-11
- 1 Timothy 4:15-16
- Titus 1:5-11
- 1 Peter 5:1-4
Christmas Weekend Gathering Times
Because Christmas Day is on a Monday, all 4 gatherings on Sunday will be devoted to our usual Christmas Eve Experiences. All components of the four gatherings will be the same. Mark your calendar for the time that works best!
Saturday, December 23: None
Sunday, December 24: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 3:00 pm, 4:30pm
Please make note that there are NO gatherings on Saturday, December 23.