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2022 Elder candidate introduction

One of the tasks of ValleyPoint’s Elder Ministry Team is to review elder candidates in good standing with the church. Elders shall be active members of the church, fulfilling the qualifications as listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

After much prayer, an application process, interview, and recommendation letter, the Elder Ministry Team presents candidates to the church for 30 days of prayer and review by the church and then membership ratification.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the church shall be led by the Lead Pastor, directed by the staff, and ruled by the Elder Ministry Team. The term “Elder Ministry Team” shall mean board of directors. The lead pastor is responsible for the daily business of the Church. The elders are God’s provision for the care of the Church’s total welfare.

The Elder Ministry Team shall consist of the lead pastor, and the total number of elders shall not be less than five.

Each elder, other than the lead pastor, shall hold office for a period of seven years, beginning with a period of three years of active service, one year of required elder inactivity, followed by another three-year period of active service. During the year of inactivity, the elder shall not have Elder Ministry Team voting rights, nor have responsibility for Elder Ministry Team actions.

New elders, affirmed by the church membership at the annual meeting, begin their term in June. Please pray for our church leaders and plan to participate in the annual meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 PM

It is the Elder Ministry Team’s pleasure to introduce the following candidates.  

Elder Candidate

Paul Brewer

Elder Candidate

Paul was born in Syracuse, NY, raised in Sherrill, NY, and has lived in Garnet Valley since 1998. Paul has been married to his wife, Una, for 28 years, and has three children – two girls and one boy who are 25, 21, and 18 years of age. Paul and Una served in the US Army.

Paul and Una have attended ValleyPoint for 15 years. Paul is actively involved in our parking team, has led small groups, and is passionate about fostering experiences to serve Christ through outreach locally to others through ValleyPoint’s Love Days and global mission trips.

Paul is currently a Medical Practice Administrator. Paul enjoys the process of identifying, organizing, and prioritizing all of the components necessary to complete projects. Paul also enjoys managing several projects simultaneously while empowering other people.

Una shared, “Paul is a great problem solver and communicator. He works very hard and is dedicated. He is honest, a man of highest integrity. He has a caring heart and has empathy that he is not afraid to show.”

Paul’s life verse for 2022 is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Elder Candidate

Lou DiCanzio

Elder Candidate

Lou was born in Philadelphia, raised in Drexel Hill, and now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Lou has been married to his wife, Linda, for 42 years, and they have three adult children – two girls and one boy. Additionally, Lou and Linda have four grandchildren – three boys and one girl.

Lou spent 30 years in the computer field before retiring in 2018. Lou and Linda have attended ValleyPoint for 12 years. Lou currently serves with the production team, which he feels helps him share the Gospel and build God’s church.

Linda shared, “I have been married to Lou for 42 years. I have had the privilege of watching him serve our family and others over the years. Lou has grown in his spiritual walk with the Lord and encourages his family to do the same. He is consistent with his daily quiet time and prayer time, and he frequently listens to sermons and Christian podcasts while working around the house and garage. He has a heart for service, and he loves the Lord.”

Lou’s life verse for 2022 is Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Elder Candidate

Dan Wright

Elder Candidate

Dan was born in Darby, PA, raised in Springfield, PA, and currently lives in Springfield. Dan has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 32 years, and has three adult children – two boys and one girl who are 29, 28, and 26. They are also expecting their first grandchild in September.

Dan and Leslie have attended ValleyPoint for four years. Dan has the spiritual gifts of leadership and service and currently leads one of ValleyPoint’s Connection Groups. Dan and Leslie also serve on the First Impressions team, welcoming all to ValleyPoint.

Dan currently works as a civil engineer with Advanced GeoServices. Dan leads and manages and is known to be a peacemaker.

Leslie shared, “Dan has always been my biggest cheerleader and my rock. He is a wonderful husband and a fantastic father. As a father, he has always set an example for what having a relationship with God looks like. He is a steadfast and reliable and a man who truly loves God. I’ve been very blessed to have him as my husband, best friend, and father of my children.”

Dan’s life verse for 2022 is Jeremiah 17:7-8. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

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