The Elders are happy to announce that Dan Graham has taken on a new ministry role by serving as a Shepherding Elder. The Elders had shared with the body that they were considering adding Dan to the Elder team and asked people to pray for this and to let them know if they believed Dan was biblically qualified for this role as stated in Scripture:
"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore, an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil." - 1 Timothy 3:1-7
All the feedback that was submitted was very positive. People already see Dan caring for and shepherding people in the body and believe he meets the biblical qualifications.
Dan actually served previously as an elder. He spent most of his early years in Tucson, Arizona, where he came to faith in Christ during one of his father’s long, overseas deployments. At the age of twelve his dad retired from the military and they moved to the family home in Forest Grove where he met and then married JoLynn. He was a Marine in California, dairy farmer in Washington, and realtor in Oregon. Dan and JoLynn currently live in the craftsman home built by his great grandparents and will celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2020 with their 3 children, spouses, and 10 grandchildren. Dan’s family made Westside their home church when they moved back to Oregon in 1991.
He appreciates the focus on Jesus Christ and the authority of God’s Word. His desire is to see the unsaved come to Christ and a culture at Westside that encourages believers to grow and depend on God. In Dan’s spare time, he enjoys competitive racquetball (though keeping up with the young bucks is getting tougher), intentional time with his grandchildren, reading historical novels, and treks to their cabin on the Wilson River.
Please pray for Dan and his wife JoLynn as he ministers to the people of Westside in this vital way.