The Bible teaches that individual local churches are to be led by a plurality of qualified men identified in Scripture by three interchangeable terms: Elder, Overseer/Bishop, & Pastor. We have chosen to use the title Elder because it’s the term used most frequently in Scripture to describe these leaders.
At Unity Baptist Church, Elders are jointly responsible for leadership, ministry in prayer, pastoral care, & supervision of teaching ministry for the church family. Each Elder has full pastoral authority over the body, & the Elders have pastoral authority over each other.
Dr. Louis Brenton
Louis grew up in Indiana but has lived in the Memphis, Tennessee area for much of his adult life. He is a graduate of Ball State University where he majored in Religious Studies. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Practical Theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of his major fields of interest include practical theology, expository preaching, and mentor discipleship.
Louis became a Christian early in his freshman year of college. He began serving in professional ministry when he was 19 years old, and since then he has served the Kingdom in the positions of youth pastor, senior pastor, and college professor. Louis has been married to his wife Monica since 1998 and they have four children: Israel, Gabriel, Hannah, & Esther.
Mark has lived in the Memphis area his entire life. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers University where he majored in Business Administration and then obtained his CPA.
Mark likes to say that he attended church 9 months before he was born. Raised in a Christian home, he was blessed to come to know Christ at the early age of 10. Mark was called into lay leadership with the then Centerpoint Church in 2003. Mark has been married to his wife Christine for 26 years and they have three daughters: Kelsey, Morgan and Alexis, and two grandsons Titus and Asher.
The office of Deacon is a servant position, filled by biblically qualified men who assist the Elders in order to free up the Elders to be able to pastor. Deacons are responsible for managing the practical concerns of the church, including finances, property, & benevolence ministry.