Elder Nomination

Elders will give themselves to the specific leadership responsibilities of overseeing the church's doctrine, direction, discipleship, discernment, and discipline in keeping with the Scripture. After reviewing the Biblical qualities of an elder and the Elder Nomination Process, click here to recommend an elder candidate.

Elder Nomination Process

Step 1 - I will pray for God’s guidance for whom I should nominate as an elder candidate.

• Step 2 - Establish a meeting with the candidate God’s prompted you towards. Explain why you feel lead toward them, and ask them to pray with you about this leadership opportunity.

• Step 3 - If they decide that your recommendation is where the Spirit of God would prompt them, submit their name at the above link.

Biblical and Practical Functions

of Beach Church Elders

Doctrine – Elders are to teach, guard, and advance God’s truth by holding strong to the written revelation of God – the Bible – and calling everyone else to do the same. Doctrine is to be accurately and soundly expressed by the Scriptures and then taught and applied to individuals in ways that instruct, exhort, correct and equip us to walk in the truth, focused on Christ Jesus, illuminated and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Discernment – Elders are guided by the Spirit regarding His will and way for His Body, the church. They are under-shepherds following Christ’s leading - The Chief Shepherd - and with discernment then leading His people. 

Direction – Elders have a biblical and practical responsibility to provide direction for the overall ministry and the ministry leaders of the church. This would include determining what God would have us do, why and how He would have us do it, and who would be responsible for the different aspects of accomplishing His will in these initiatives. Biblical, clear, practical, and measurable direction for the overall church is part of the elders function.

Discipleship – Elders are to be models and reproducers of Bible-centered, Christ-focused, Spirit-energized transforming disciple makers. 

Biblical Reconciliation/Restoration – Elders are called to lead out in teaching and equipping the body to live in harmony and unity. They are to live and lead as those who help restore relationships, deal with sin in pursuit of forgiveness and healing, and establish ways for the body to grow stronger and healthier in all aspects of their lives.

Shepherding – Protecting, living alongside (knowing!), guiding, feeding, etc.

Biblical Qualities of Elders

1 Timothy 3:1-7

1 Peter 5:1-8

Act 20:28

Titus 1:6-9

elder candidate for your consideration

russell johnson

Today, May 5, 2019, we begin the final phase for selection of this elder candidate. Over the next thirty days, we encourage you to pray for Russell, connect with him and address and resolve any personal, spiritual or relational issues that would disqualify him from serving as an elder. On June 2, 2019, we will ask you to express your affirmation of this candidate in our weekend services.


russell@rkpraise.net • 843-446-2983

"I am 45 years-old.  I will celebrate my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with my wife Kristi in October of this year.  We have two amazing kids: Will, who is 17 and plays acoustic guitar on the worship team and our daughter, Sidney, who is 13 and sings with us when we lead worship across the country.  We have been a part of the Beach Church family for almost 25 years.  Over those years I first served as Worship Leader and Technical Director and later as Creative Arts Pastor. Additionally, I have served as a LifeGroup leader and continue to serve as a volunteer on the worship and technical teams.

Kristi and I also have a music ministry that has taken us all over the US and to parts of Asia and Central America sharing the hope of Christ through music.  We have been able to partner with numerous organizations including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Luis Palau Festivals, Holt International, and LifeWay Christian Resources, to name a few.

Today I am bi-vocational.  I am both a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and a Worship Leader/Speaker in ministry.

I began my walk with Jesus at the age of eight, but it was at the age of 17, as a senior in high school, that I knew God had a plan for me to serve in the arena of ministry.  I am amazed, again and again, at His faithfulness.

I am grateful for the opportunities that He has given me and I am eager for the opportunities that are ahead.  May we all walk in obedience and allow God to have His way, in our hearts, in this church, and in this community!"