At St John's we are led by a body of appointed elders who meet regularly
to discuss, decide and direct all matters of church governance.
The elders role is to "shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church"..
The eldership is itself accountable to two spiritual "patrons", Rev Richard Fothergill and Rev Theo Schmitt.
“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church” .