Currently by Gods providence, COTR has only one pastor-elder. However we believe and are prayerful that in due time God will raise up more elders, so that we again will have a plurality of pastor-elders who work together leading the church as equals. The deacons support the pastor-elders by more so ministering to the physical needs in the church. We follow a leadership model we see prescribed for our benefit by Scripture. All pastor-elders meet the stated qualifications for this office as laid out in 1 Timothy 3.1-7 and Titus 1.5-9. The pastor-elders prime responsibilities are to engage in the public and private preaching and teaching of God’s Word, the Bible, and to pray for God’s glory and plan as stated in Scripture, to direct the mission of the local church.
The deacons serve under the direction of the pastor-elders. They direct and personally care for the physical needs of the church members, benevolence, building issues and property, finances, and other areas of physical service.
Robert grew up in the home of a Baptist minister and has lived in Missouri, Texas, and New Mexico. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity. He was ordained and installed as a pastor-elder at Church of the Redeemer in July 2009. He and his wife Martha have three children: Elijah, Isaiah, and Beth
David DeVine is a native of Newport, Rhode Island where he was saved as a teenager in Young Life and later served as deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Newport. He attended a Reformed Baptist church based seminary in Massachusetts. He moved to New Mexico in 2005 and has served as a deacon at Church of the Redeemer since 2008. He went to Gordon College in Massachusetts, where he met his wife Linda. They have been married for over 25 years.
Currently by God’s providence, COTR has only one pastor-elder and one deacon. However we are prayerful that in due time God will raise up more church leaders, so that we will have both a plurality of pastor-elders and deacons. In the meantime, we are grateful for the counsel, help, and accountability provided by the pastor-elders at Heritage Christian Fellowship in Albuquerque.