Elders and Deacons

Our Elders

Christ-like elders are to be servant leaders, not rulers or dictators. Christ’s principles of brotherly community, love, humility and servanthood are at the very heart of Christian leadership.

Like the servant Christ, elders are to sacrifice their time and energy for the good of others. Only elders who are loving, humble servants can genuinely manifest the incomparable life of Jesus Christ to their congregations and a watching world.

1 Timothy 3:1-7 “It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching, not overindulging in wine, not a bully, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.”

Titus 1:5-9 “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of indecent behavior or rebellion. For the overseer must be beyond reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not overindulging in wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but hospitable, loving what is good, self-controlled, righteous, holy, disciplined, holding firmly the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.”

The humble-servant character of the eldership does not imply, however, an absence of authority. It demonstrates how Christian leadership authority is to be exercised in Christ’s Church.

Stan Johnson

Stan Johnson

Coming soon

Tom Moffitt

Tom Moffitt

Tom was born in southern California in 1953, the youngest son among the four children of Ed and Lucille Moffitt. The family was well established in the church of Christ. Tom’s father preached in congregations throughout the southern California area for several decades. His grandfather, Tony Findley, was an elder in the church at the age of forty and was instrumental in the baptism of many family members. Several members of the family later moved to Paradise in northern California, and served their remaining years in the churches of Christ in both Paradise and Chico. 

   Sports, motorcycling, and playing music occupied Tom’s interests in his youth. Graduating from California State University in Fullerton with a BA in Business Administration, he had met Susan while skiing in Big Bear. Though they lived a distance from one another, the relationship grew. Both were baptized and attended the church of Christ in Norwalk. Two years after they had met, they became engaged and married in 1980. Tom began as a song leader and teacher in the Norwalk congregation. Sue taught children’s classes, as they grew in the Lord. 

   They had their first child Natalie in 1984, and soon after relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. From Pleasanton the family moved to Tracy in 1986, where their son Nathan was born in 1987. Both children are baptized believers and remain active in the church. Their son-in-law Anthony was also baptized into the faith. 

   While living in Tracy, Tom and Sue were active in the church and community. Youth sports and scouting filled the family’s agenda. Sue had graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a BS in Business Administration in 1980. After moving to the small town of Tracy, and a brief hiatus as a stay-at-home mom, she began working as a Substitute Teacher. She continued her education and became a credentialed public schoolteacher and later a school administrator. 

   With a second home in the Motherlode, Tom and Sue had begun attending the church here in Sonora in 2005, becoming full-time members in 2007. Song leading and teaching classes lead to becoming a deacon in the church of Christ in Sonora, and Tom was later placed as an elder of the congregation. Sue teaches children’s classes. Nathan,  Natalie and Anthony’s family, the three grandchildren, all attend and are active in the church here in Sonora. Tom and Sue are now both retired and live in Groveland.

Our Deacons

Acts 6:1-4 “Now at this time, as the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint developed on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, ‘It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Instead, brothers and sisters, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’”

Barry Blaylock

Barry Blaylock

Barry and his wife Lisa have been in the area attending the Sonora Church of Christ since 2001. Barry brings a wealth of Biblical knowledge to the Church and is a welcome blessing.

Will Dorrell

Will Dorrell

With over 30 years of experience as a Deacon here at the Sonora Church of Christ, Will’s loving and selfless guidance has been a true positive force in supporting not only the Church, but the surrounding community. Will, with his wife Peggy are the embodiment of compassion, where many have turned to in times of need. Will and Peggy along with their three children have spent the majority of their lives in the Sierra Foothills. 

Heath Hill

Heath Hill

Heath, his wife Kathleen and their four children have lived in the Sonora area most of their lives. Heath and family have been attending the Sonora Church of Christ since the 2009 time frame. Heath is a loving asset to the Church and has been an integral part of the Church Leadership.

Jeff Mefford

Jeff Mefford

Jeff and his wife Denise, along with their three children have lived in the Motherlode since 1994 and have been attending Sonora Church of Christ since 2000.

Manuel Minjares

Manuel Minjares

Manuel was born in French Camp, CA. Manuel and Janette were married in 1964 the same year Manuel enlisted in the Navy. He Lived in Lodi, Santa Maria and in San Diego for 37 years.  Manuel and his wife, Janette move to Sonora in 2002 and have been attending Sonora Church of Christ since then.