Elders At Watermark

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Watermark is led by a team of elders that governs, cares for and oversees the spiritual interests of the church. After more than a decade of service, Scott Coy and Brett Johnston transitioned off our Elder Board this year, due to the increased demands of their professional lives. These two men, along with the three listed below, have been God’s provision for our body. All of them have invested thousands of hours in prayer, study, teaching, leading, counseling, serving and shaping Jesus’ church in Dallas.

Brett and Scott have been greatly missed as part of the elder team, and they continue to serve as leaders in our body outside the formal office of pastor, shepherd and elder. Dean Macfarlan, Kyle Thompson and Todd Wagner continue to serve as elders. This week, we asked each of them to share where God has been at work in their lives, and highlight how we can pray for them as they ‘shepherd the flock of God among them.’

(For more information on what is required of our church elders be sure to read Leadership Matters Like Nothing Else by Todd Wanger.)

Dean Macfarlan – Elder

Dean Mcfarlan watermark elderI’ve been married to Tawney for 32 years, and we have two grown children both of whom are married: Mac Macfarlan and his wife Sophie, and Callie Nixon and her husband Ryan. I am “Big Daddy” and Tawney is “Muffin” to our granddaughters Sloan (3), Davey (2), Evie Leigh (6 months), Milly B (6 weeks), and grandson Madden (10 months).

I am passionate about the Lord, His Word, marriage, making disciples, leadership, real estate investment management, Vail, Colorado and the Watermark family. Responding to the great commandment and great commission by loving and leading people is my greatest joy and highest priority. It is our extra blessing to get to worship with our children and grandchildren at WCC.

Where is God at work in your life right now?

God is consistently and gently reminding me daily that He wants all of me. He doesn’t want me for a day, a month or a year, but a lifetime of devotion and faithfulness. I strive to live more of Proverbs 21:21, “he who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” I see God at work all around me, but often most clearly in my marriage. The Lord has provided me with a wonderful partner and “completer” (Tawney) to help mold and shape me into more of the man He desires me to be.

How can we pray for you and for leaders at Watermark?

Pray that I would live joyfully, prayerfully and thankfully, as instructed by 1 Thess. 5:16-18. That I would adopt Jeremiah 15:16 and consume God’s Word. That I would model Phil. 2:3-4 to my family, friends and church community. And that I would finish strong the race set before me.

Kyle Thompson – Elder

Kyle Thompson watermark edlerMy wife, Lucina, and I have been married for 31 years. We are parents to our son, Jordan, and our daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and John Burks.

I grew up in west and north Texas, moving eight times before I started high school. That left me longing for a place to belong. I found such a place at Oklahoma State University, where I heard the gospel for the first time. I trusted Christ my junior year and everything changed.

We struggled in the early years of our marriage, which has given me a passion for helping young couples. I love teaching men what it means to lead in their relationships, whether that’s marriage, family or business. When John 10:10 is put into practice and people get a taste of really living the abundant life, it’s the greatest thrill in the world. When not engaging at Watermark, I am active in the oil and gas industry.

Where is God at work in your life right now?

God is teaching me to be thankful and to be available. I tend to be a planner. I wake up and am reminded daily that He wants to use me in the midst of a multitude of interactions I will have in business, with neighbors, family, friends and others I cross paths with during the day. Matthew 6:33-34 is a passage I try to run through my mind everyday along with Colossians 3:12-17.

How can we pray for you and for leaders at Watermark?

I have a tendency to get overwhelmed with circumstances and lose perspective of God’s sovereignty in the midst of all that is going on around me and that He just wants me to be faithful. Pray my perspective would be marked by Habakkuk 3:17-19.

Todd Wagner – Senior Pastor, Elder

Todd Wagner watermark elderI’ve been married to Alex for 21 years and am father to three daughters, Ally, Kirby, and Landry, and three sons, Cooper, Cade and Camp.

If you told me I would be serving and leading as a pastor 25 years ago, I would have taken a swing at you. I saw the church as a place of compromised mediocrity – an emaciated organization that lacked vision, heart and courageous leadership. Today, I love nothing more than “taking a swing” at being a part of and leading others toward every good thing Christ intends for His people. I am grateful for the passionate, gifted, others-centered group of Christ-followers that daily live to serve and lead with me. I am thankful for the opportunity to partner with others in God’s great adventure of reaching out, serving and loving a confused and increasingly chaotic world.

Where is God at work in your life right now?

I am more aware than ever of my desperate need for Jesus to actively work in my life if I am going to grow personally, give to others and in any way bring glory to my King. “Apart from me you can do nothing,” is a truth I am eager to be informed by every second of every day. The Lord is exceedingly gracious to keep me, use me and move me toward Him. How can we pray for you and for our leaders at Watermark?

Pray that we would abide with Christ (John 15:5) and depend on His Word and Spirit in every decision (1 Kings 3: 8-9). Pray that we would be on guard for ourselves and the whole flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made us overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He has purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28)

Future Leadership

As always, the elders and pastoral leadership of Watermark welcome any member to prayerfully suggest others that they believe are appropriate candidates to provide leadership for us as pastor/elder. Such individuals should be men full of the Spirit whose lives fit the description of elder found in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They should be men who embody the core values of our church so they can say, “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:9). They should also have the margin to spend the daily hours necessary to study, serve and shepherd others. We would love to hear from you at elders@watermark.org.

If you have any questions about the eldership process at Watermark be sure to leave a comment below.

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