We believe that God’s Word speaks clearly regarding issues of church polity and it is our desire to organize our leadership according to the Bible’s teaching rather than tradition or pragmatism. Scripture defines two offices of church leadership—elder and deacon.
According to the pattern of a godly husband and father, the elders are to render a type of leadership marked by humble respect, self-sacrificing love, and spiritual nurture (1 Tim. 3:4, 5; with Eph. 5:25ff). According to the pattern of a faithful shepherd, they are commissioned by Christ to protect, lead, feed, and care for the flock of God with an attitude of humble willingness and unpretentious zeal.
Though deacons do not possess the same authority as elders, they work closely with them and are primarily responsible to meet the physical needs of the church’s ministry.
For more explanation of our leadership structure as derived from God’s Word, please click on the links below:
Dan has served as lead Pastor of Eden Baptist since 1989. He grew up in the Philadelphia area before returning to the state of his birth. He graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 1984. His graduate degrees include a M.A. in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato; M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dan is married to Beth, and the Lord has blessed them with three sons and a daughter.
Born and raised just outside of Denver, Paul remains a loyal Broncos fan. HIs graduate degrees include a M.A. in Biblical studies from Maranatha Baptist University and the M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul became a member of Eden Baptist in 2000, an elder in 2004, and joined the staff as a Pastoral Assistant in 2006 after completing the pastoral internship program at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He has served as an associate pastor since 2009. Paul is married to Joleen, and their three children, Phoebe, Kezia, and Josiah bring them much joy.
Rich grew up in Greenville, South Carolina where he received his undergraduate training in Music from Bob Jones University. He later received an M.A. from Northland International University (Dunbar, WI) as well as an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Rich is married to Rachel and they have been at Eden since June 2014. They have a son named Jude. Rich enjoys reading, coffee, running, North Carolina basketball, and spending time with people.
Rocky grew up on the Western slope of Colorado and has lived in Minnesota ever since college. He became a member of Eden Baptist Church in 1984 and began to serve as a deacon about six months before Pastor Miller came in 1989. Rocky graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible college with a B.A. in Bible, minoring in pastoral ministry, history and electronics. In 1986 Rocky started his own business, Prowire Inc., and has worked as a low-voltage contractor ever since. Along with his wife, Joanne, Rocky has led the 4th-6th grade ministry at Eden for many years. Rocky and Joanne have three grown children.
Erik grew up in rural Western Colorado and enjoys time out in God’s creation. After graduating with his Education degree, Erik moved to Minnesota in 2005 where he began teaching at Metro Deaf School in St Paul. Erik found Eden in early 2006, became a member, and has sought to serve the body since. Erik enjoys the opportunity to engage in Christian living with a variety of people, from the 7th and 8th graders in his Bible class to the college and career group. He also looks forward to any opportunity to use his knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) to share God’s Word with Deaf individuals. He married his wife, Danielle, in August of 2015, and they enjoy serving the church and chasing after their little one, Lily.
Jon served as associate pastor at Eden Baptist 2000-2008 and is now a full-time professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He received the B.A. degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and his graduate degrees include the M.Div. and Th.M. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Elaine, have three daughters, one son and two sons-in-law. Jon loves baseball and has been an avid Twins fan all of his life.
Aaron grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, where he received his undergraduate degree in English from Maranatha Baptist University. He is currently pursuing an MDiv. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MN. Aaron is married to Katie, and they have been at Eden since August 2014. Aaron enjoys reading, coffee, nature walks, and spending time with people.