Our Elders

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Our Elders are the spiritual shepherds and overseers of the church at Leoma. The first charge of shepherding the Lord’s sheep came in Jesus’ words to Simon Peter in John 21:16,

“He said to him a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Tend my sheep’” (ESV).

Two clearly defined lists of the qualities elders are to have before assuming their roles are found in 1 Timothy 3:1—7 and Titus 1:5—9. These qualities require that one must earnestly desire the office, be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money. In addition, he is to manage his household well, not be a recent convert, and those outside the church must think well of him. Men are selected and appointed to be elders based on these important qualities.

Our Deacons

Deacons are the appointed servants of the congregation, and fulfill a variety of ministry roles spanning the entire work of the church. The qualifications to become a deacon are found 1 Timothy 3:8—13. They require that deacons be dignified and honest. Deacons must not indulge in much wine, be not greedy but generous, and they must practice their faith with a clear conscience. They must manage their households well and be the husband of one wife. Deacons carry out the work of their ministries under the spiritual oversight and guidance of the elders. They often work together in certain ministries and they also work closely with the ministers.


Arliss Gray, deacon of Missions, is on the Board of Trustees for the Jack Nelle Institute in Vijayawada, India and oversees its operation for the church at Leoma.

David Killen, deacon of Administration/Office, Involvement & Community and Youth & Family.  David serves on our Youth & Family Committee, assists with the benevolence ministry, and works closely with community and involvement programs.



Doug Urban, deacon of Outside Buildings & Grounds Maintenance, Worship Service, Care Groups and Communion to Shut-ins.  Doug oversees external building and grounds maintenance and coordinates the Care Group program and Communion for shut-ins.


Eddie Cleghorn, deacon of Technology, Local Evangelism.  Eddie coordinates all media for worship services, oversees the recording and publishing of sermons, and assists with computer/network maintenance. He also assists with the "Young at Heart".



Jeff Leonard, deacon of Education, Visitation and Local Evangelism.  Jeff coordinates classes for all ages. He also helps direct our Monthly Community Events, assisting the individual event coordinators with logistics.


Jesse Turner, deacon of Youth & Family/Outreach, serves on our Youth & Family Committee. He also oversees all advertising and media outreach.




Marty Patterson, deacon of Youth & Family, Technology, and Visitation program.  Marty serves on our Youth & Family Committee, Visitation program and assists with computer/network maintenance.


Josh Winters, Deacon of Inside Facilities Maintenance.  Josh also assists with External Facilities Maintenance and Youth & Family.


Danny Lucy, Deacon of Finance, Assists with Technology

Our Ministers

Rodney Livingston serves as the primary preaching minister for most Sunday services. He is heavily involved in teaching a range of classes within our education program. He also coordinates the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program and our annual Men’s Day program in December of each year. Rodney works in our radio ministry fulfilling a daily radio spot on WLX 97.5 FM called “What Really Matters For Today?” and assists other area preachers with the cooperative “Searching the Scriptures” radio spot on WDXE 1370 AM.

Rodney has been married to Chasity since 2003, and they have three young children.

Rodney’s Contact Info:

Office Phone: (931) 852-4181

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Office Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday – Wednesday

(Also, available at other times by appointment)