The Church's Eldership Functions as Oversight of the Church

      1 Timothy 3:4-5 New International Version (NIV)

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

        Hebrews 13:17 New International Version (NIV)

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.


Gordon Addington

Gordon and Louise Addington moved here after he retired from the police force in suburban Denver, CO a few years ago.  He can play the bagpipe, but is too much of a gentleman to do so. (This is based upon the definition one man gave for the word "gentleman." It is a man who knows how to play the bagpipe but doesn't.) Both are involved in the teaching ministry of this congregation.

They have two adult children and several grandchildren.


David Benedict


David and Patsy returned to Mtn. Home in 2006, having retired from ministry in California, where he served as the Media Minister for the Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton. David's experience in ministry is extensive. He has been a professor in two of our Bible colleges and has served congregations in various staff positions, including Preacher.

He is a playright, whose scripts have been published and performed, some in prestigious venues. He is, as you may conclude, a wordsmith, possessing a unique ability to express ideas in a very creative and engaging manner.

David is developing a fledgling business he calls Heritage Videos. Employing his talents in the area of video production, David records the recollections and reflections of older family members so as to preserve their heritage and wisdom for succeeding generations. The business also produces video presentations for church promotions and special occasions, such as weddings.

David bade temporary farewell to Patsy, who departed this life just a few days after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2011. He anticipates their reunion in eternity by the grace of God.


Forrest Cotter

Forrest and his wife, Ivadel, have served our congregation longer than any of the leadership team couples. They have two children and several grandchildren in the congregational family. Forrest was a land developer and real estate agent for many years. He still works with heavy equipment and enjoys mowing with his tractor and brush hog. He is a big NASCAR fan.




Joey Peglar

Joey Peglar and wife Vanessa are the parents of four boys. He has been in the real estate Industry since 1997. Being one of the few natives of the Twin Lakes Area, he made it a priority to live here with his wife and 4 beautiful children. He is a devoted son, brother, husband and father, who truly enjoys spending his free time with his family.


Jason Schmeski

Jason and Samantha “Sam” Schmeski are the parents of a teenage daughter. Jason operates an automotive repair shop in town. Both Jason and Sam are heavily involved in the activities of the church and the community.


Rick Schmeski, Sr.

Rick Schmeski and his family have been a part of our fellowship for over 25 years. He and his wife, Jan, raised their family of three sons in our congregation. Rick owns a business and has won numerous awards in his industry. His work has been featured in national publications. Rick's long service as an elder was interrupted for several months, when he served the congregation as our Children's Ministry Coordinator. He has also led our Missions Ministry Team.


Barkley Terry

Barkley Terry graduated from Harding University and began working in the banking industry. In late 2010 Barkley & Megan Terry moved to Mountain Home, where he began Terry Appraisals LLC.  and Megan Terry works as a Nurse Practitioner.   Since arriving they started a family with the birth of Augustus “Gus” Terry and the Guardianship of Nash Anderson. Nash is a high school student at Mountain Home High School.  Both are involved in various duties with the church and love living in Baxter County and enjoy the outdoor amenities.