Elder and Deacon – Vote 2022

Elder and Deacon – Vote 2022

Meet the Elder Nominees*

Elder Nominee – Dave Marlette

Get to know me

My salvation experience is as a baby, I was christened in the Presbyterian church. As an adult, I was baptized at Concord Church. I’ve witnessed the power of salvation in my own life and in the lives of others. I would be happy to share these stories with anyone!

I was raised by loving parents and two wonderful older sisters. My folks have passed on. I remain very close to my sisters. I am so proud to call Donna my wife…she loves me, warts and all. Donna and I have known each other since we were kids; we married in 1988. We’ve been blessed with two great kids (now adults), Trey and Mattie.

I’ve attended Concord for 18 years. First and foremost, I love getting to know the members of the church! Also, I enjoy serving the Lord with my time and talents as a member of the Safety Team.

What interests me about this role is I’d like to help our members use their God-given talents to further the work we do in the mission field. If we can believe it, we can achieve it!

One important Bible verse for me is

John 3:16 John 3:16. I am continually amazed and humbled that our God sacrificed so much for our salvation.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

One strength I feel I bring to the Deacon team is Communication! I enjoy being the person who gets people talking!

Elder Nominee – Joshua Post

Get to know me

My salvation experience is I grew up in the church, but after college, I had to decide to really make my faith my own. After visiting churches with my soon-to-be wife, I was rebaptized as an adult in my mid-twenties.

My wife Dana homeschools our two daughters Abigail and Hannah

We have been attending Concord for 6 years and appreciate the child and student ministries for providing an engaging and safe environment for our daughters

If God can use me to help share the gospel and Shepard his church, then I am willing at this point in my life.

One important Bible verse for me is

Ecclesiastes 9:9

Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

I have a passion for Biblical financial education, such as Financial Peace University, and can bring a perspective based on that knowledge.

Meet the Deacon Nominees*

Deacon Nominee – Greg Grempler

Get to Know Me

My salvation experience is I was saved as a child at the age of 7. I asked Jesus into my heart and began a personal relationship with Christ.

I have been married for 32 years to Kimberly. I have two sons, Trent, in college, and my oldest son Grant who is marrying Anna Herman from Concord this September.

We have been attending Concord Church for the last two years. We were members years ago also. Concord was the church my parents were members of when I was born 54 years ago.

What interests me about this role is I have been a deacon at the prior church we were members of, and my wife and I enjoy serving others.

One of my favorite bible verses is Philippians 4:13.

13 I can do all this through him, who gives me strength.

One strength that I bring to the Deacon Team is that I work well with others, and I enjoy serving in the local church.

Deacon Nominee – Bill Long

Get to Know Me

My salvation experience is from the time I was very young, I was raised in a household with what I would call dueling religions. My dad was a practicing Catholic and my mom was a member of the Evangelical Church. When it came time for me to attend classes, dad never signed me up to attend so my mom signed me up in her church to attend their Sunday School classes. When I was in my early teens, I began to question Catholicism the only answer my dad could come up with was “because that’s what you do”. This made me no longer interested in the Catholic Religion. At this point, I continued to attend the Evangelical church with my mom. My grandma developed cancer and ultimately passed. Because it was her dying wish, I continued classes and was confirmed in the Evangelical Church. I was confused about God and did not understand His plan for me so I fell away from the Church altogether. Fast forward to around 2010, Cathie’s grandfather passed away and his wish was that we all get back to church. The only church we knew was her other grandparent’s church, Cornerstone Community Church of God. This is the church that both Katelyn and Brandon were dedicated to God at their wish. Before this, we only attended on major holidays (Easter and Christmas). By going back to church, I realized that my knowledge of religion was nowhere near what I believed it was. I thought I knew a lot since I had attended Sunday school with my mom when in reality I knew virtually nothing. I began studying the Bible and asking questions about salvation. After going to church on a regular basis for 2-3 years, both my daughter and I got baptized. Following this, the rest of the family professed their faith and got baptized. After attending Cornerstone for about 6 years, the family and I began to feel that there was no spiritual growth happening. At this same time, there was a falling out in the church and we felt no longer welcome, so we began looking for a new church home.

My family is a multi-generational Christian family living under one roof. Katelyn is a Freshman in college attending Missouri State University in Springfield. Brandon is a junior at Northwest High School. Cathie is a special educator currently at Special School District. I am a civil engineer currently working for St. Louis County in the Planning Department. Joy is a retired special educator of 22 years.

I have been a member of Concord Church for 6 years. From the time we walked into the building, we were welcomed into the Concord Family. Having a nephew with severe special needs, Concord has wrapped their arms around us and made us feel at home.

What interests me about this role is I am willing and able to serve the Concord family in any and all ways possible.

The Full Armor of God is the most important Bible verse in my life. Although more than one verse, tells the story of who I attempt to emulate every day of my life.

Ephesians 6:10-17 The Amor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

One strength that I would bring to the Deacon Team is that I am outgoing and personable. I am able to make connections with almost everyone I meet.

Deacon Nominee – Zach Riney

Get to Know Me

My salvation experience is I was raised in the Church and gave my life to Christ during a revival. My relationship continued to grow and become my own in middle school, high school, and college.

My wife grew up here at Concord and we have our first child on the way. We enjoy serving together.

I have been a member of Concord Church for 3 years and half years. I enjoy the fellowship of the community and serving alongside the Church body.

What interests me about this role is I am eager to serve as the Lord calls.

One of my favorite bible verses is Matthew 7:24.

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

One strength that I bring to the Deacon Team is a willingness to let the Lord work in and through my life.

Deacon Nominee – Eric Holderle

My salvation experience is when I was a Junior my parents started attending Bible Study Fellowship classes at FBCA. They would come home and share what they learned with me and my brother. I was very interested and eager to learn more and there were other evenings in my life and the life of my family at the same time when it was obvious God was working to get our attention. The information and stories my parents would share that they retaught to us made a huge impact in my life and I decided at 13 years old to give my life to Christ.

My family is something that, without God, would never have been. I’ve seen God work in many ways in my life and the life of my family, and for me, He very often chooses medical science (acting in and above what the doctors are able to do) to show his grace, his mercy, and his power. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 years old and the doctors told my parents I would be lucky to live to 13 or 14 years old. God had bigger and better plans, bringing Erica and I together in high school, allowing us to marry, and then blessing us with 2 sets of twins. We are a very close-knit family and we like to spend as much time as possible together, doing activities, church activities, watching movies (we even grocery shopped as a family for the first 8-10 years of the kids’ lives.

We have been at Concord church since 2016 when the older kids were close to entering the youth, which was something that our previous church was lacking. With respect to the preaching and teaching, I enjoy getting a deeper understanding of the Word, getting taught the historical contexts and the original meaning in the Greek texts was something our previous church would cover in going through God’s word and it was something I felt we still needed. I enjoy the Concord Community as a whole; from the moment we started going to the church we felt it was a warm and inviting place to be. Everyone treated us like family like we had been going there for years. Prior to attending Concord, our kids also attended the preschool and Erica was an assistant teacher at the preschool.

I feel like God has been pushing me a little outside my comfort zone the last few years. Teaching me to trust him more and follow him more closely, while also asking more from a leadership perspective. Certainly, as a father, I’ve been helping to lead my home and my children, but God has also been calling me to be a leader in my job. And with this opportunity, I feel he’s asking me to dig deeper into a leadership role in the church.

An important Bible verse for me is Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God”. It’s such a simple verse, a simple command, but how often do we struggle to do just that. In our modern-day lives, it is difficult to find a quiet time or a quiet space, but also in the middle of trials and tribulations, it is difficult to just be still. We (read I) want to do something to fix it, something within my power to resolve the situation, even though I need to just let go and let God. When I let go and let God, it may not always make it easier at the moment, but when God controls those situations, it’s not going to end up messy like when we try to control them.

Each of us is unique and God has given us different life experiences, trials, gifts, talents, and struggles. In my life, God has placed me on a path that not many walks. I’ve suffered from Cystic Fibrosis since birth, was brought almost to the point of death and God stepped in with a Lung Transplant at just the right time and has sustained me for the last 13+ years. God is certainly still working in my life to mold me and shape me, but the experiences that he has brought me through give me a very unique perspective to draw from.

Deacon Nominee – Steve Lanemann

Get to Know Me

My salvation experience is I was baptized by immersion when I was 12 but honestly can’t recall what led to that decision. Fast forward about 30 years, Laura and I were at a marriage conference in Branson with friends from Concord, and during one of the sessions I hit me hard that Christ wasn’t the center of our marriage or our lives. We stood up at at the conference and publicly gave our marriage up to Christ and have worked hard at keeping our focus solidly on Him ever since.

I I’ve been married to my wife, Laura, for 22 years. We’ve been together for 33, having met when we both worked at DIerbergs in 1989. We have 2 kids, Matt (18) and Katie (14), Matt is graduating from Affton High School this May and will be pursuing a career in FIrefighting/Paramedicine. Katie is finishing up her freshman year of high school, and has discovered a love cheerleading. Our favorite thing to do as a family is camping, and Laura and I are treasuring all of those moments more and more as the kids are getting older now.

We’ve been at Concord about 11 years. What we love most about it is the sense of family and the sense of ownership we have because of the opportunities we’ve been given. Every member of our family has found a place here. And while Concord has been thru a lot of ups and downs during our time here, but there’s always been a sense of hope and a strong belief that Christ would get our church family thru whatever was going on.

What interests me about this role is I’m a helper and I feel that I’m at my best when given the opportunity to fill that role. Being a Deacon would give me a chance to connect with and serve more of our Concord family.

One important Bible verse for me is

Philippians 1:4-6

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

One strength I feel I bring to the deacon team is I try to lead with kindness and acceptance no matter who’s in front of me. I’m just a guy trying to lead myself, my family, and others to Christ.

Deacon Nominee – Steve Carter

Get to Know Me

My salvation experience is we frequently moved continually had to leave friends, so it was less painful not to make friends in the first place. Often, was the new kid on the block, so always answered challenges and remained hidden in the background. I believed there was a God, feared and respected Him, but did not think I should consume His time with my trivial problems. In my mind, I was weirdly different than normal. With the persistence of my mother and the pastor during my first year (1971) in high school, they began witnessing to me and teaching me about a relationship with Jesus. I did not log the exact date, but I remember the moments of the last day before being saved. It was an extra hot day in Kokomo, Indiana. I was trying to better my basketball skills on the hot pavement and failing miserably. A huge heaviness came over my being. For the last few days, I was reading the book of John per my pastor who had visited that evening. Mom left me alone in the family room while I finished John. While sitting on the couch, I asked Jesus into my life. The spirit-filled me as I finally realized that Jesus was the relationship I was searching for. The exact moment I asked him into my heart/life, the lamp had a power surge and became brighter. I knew that I now had hope and grace. The next day, I noticed that things had changed. I felt lighter than a feather, now had help with my burdens, but still was a weird person and not so good at basketball. I prayed to Jesus to help my game. His answer (paraphrased): ‘First, it is OK to be different. I made you that way. Also, drop the basketball stuff. You have better things to do. I want you to go head-on into rough situations, do not hesitate. Live like Me, show everyone that you are different. I will take care of the rest. I am significant.

We try to base all ownership and accountability on what God wants, not what we want—getting more involved with the community. 1. Pam ( wife) — saved, southern bell, ‘goto’ person for others in high school, prayer warrior, loves God more than anything, my only long-term friend, retired, very patient with me 2. Nick (oldest Son) — saved, mature for his age, good athlete, mechanical engineer (pray for him J), can find 4-5 job opportunities at any time, solid, father of my 3 granddaughters 3. Eric (youngest Son) — saved, good athlete, softest kindest heart in the world, the hardest worker I know, getting married soon, HVAC warehouse leader, currently going to Accounting school 4. Concord – an extension of my family, seniors have a great sense of humor, millennials are confusing, but I am learning.

We have been at Concord since 1982 (40 years). This church was primarily interested in the main thing. It has endured multiple splits, some bad (iffy) times, and is definitely on the right track now. Instead of being the weirdest person on earth, I am now in the top 5 weirdest people at Concord. I am accepted for who I am and very grateful for the opportunity for the parking-lot team to make a first impression on visitors. To me, this ‘first impression is very important to get visitors to come back, but not very visible or tangible to measure.

What interests me about this role is I will give you an honest answer, but it may not be biblical. I feel awkward about agreeing to this role. I feel like this is tooting my own horn, which I am very uncomfortable with. However, since I was nominated, I now see that someone else may see/think that I possess the qualifications for this role. I feel like I have the qualities, but do not need a title to execute on them. If becoming a deacon is commanded by God, then I have been wrong all along. I have been on the parking lot for over 35 years, and it is easier to notice the widows coming in alone as couples age together. Perhaps I can help them.

Important Bible verses to me are the thing that my life needs the most work on, which varies from time to time, is the most important verse.

1. John 3:16 – very powerful verse; love, sacrifice, belief, everlasting life

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 8:7 — do not judge others, perform a self-examination before taking action

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

3. Matthew 5 — the beatitudes, sermon on the mount; which one do I need to work on

4. Ephesians 3:13-21 – spiritual empowerment; wisdom

13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

14 For this reason, I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

One strength I feel I can bring to the Deacon Team is flexibility/adaptability. I feel like I can adjust to my audience, listen, and put in their shoes to understand the situation before communicating options or solutions.

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*Any charge to the nominees must be submitted to rustyw@concordchurch.com in writing before May 15th, 2022. For any questions please call the church office at 314-843-3500.