The Spiritual leaders in our congregation are often called Elders or sometimes Shepherds.  Less often you may hear them referred to as Overseers.  All three terms are based on the example of the New Testament church.  In both Acts 20 and 1 Peter 5 we read all three terms applied to the same group of leaders and their work in their churches.

The term for Shepherd refers to the visionary work and care of Elders.  As Shepherds they have a responsibility to lead the church through good solid teaching, either by teaching themselves or ensuring others are teaching well.  They also look after and care for members of the church as counselors and caring men.

The term Overseer refers to the work of Elders to ensure the church is doing all the things it should.  Elders are not expected to do all the work or look over the shoulder of members.  Rather they have the ultimate responsibility to make sure each ministry is functioning as it should.

Finally, the term Elder refers to the decision-making work of the Elders.  In each congregation of the New Testament where we read about Elders, there was always more than one Elder.  They shared the work of the "Eldership."  Elders then work together and make decisions as a group. 

Elders are selected from among the congregation.  When the church identifies the need to add Elders or replace Elders who may have retired from serving, passed away, or moved away, then the church as a whole will consider men who meet the qualifications of Elders which can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

Bill Bass


Bill & LaNette Bass

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Bill grew up in and around Nashville and College Grove, TN.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He began his career with 10 years as a design engineer for General Motors, and has spent his entire career in various roles in manufacturing engineering and sales.  

LaNette is from Nashville and is a graduate of Lipscomb University.  She is retired from careers as a teacher, choir director and Interior Decorator.  She is currently enjoying life as a grandmother.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Outreach and Missions
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
Favorite character: Peter- He failed many times, but he kept getting back up.
Favorite Team:
Vanderbilt University and the Atlanta Braves
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Baseball, woodworking, family
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
If you are looking for a church home for people who are honestly looking for the truth, I think you should be here.

Dan Beasley


Dan & Tammy Beasley and son

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Dan grew up in Fayetteville, TN, and he attended Abilene Christian University earning a degree in Speech Communications with emphasis in New Testament.  While in college, Dan spent summers in a Miami Mission program and then attended the University of Miami School of Law.  He worked in Miami for 14 years after law school.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Twickenham has a great teaching ministry, and Dan loves being a part of that. Dan really enjoys studying and teaching. He is also passionate about the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center and Lincoln Village.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse:  I Corinthians 4:7. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? What do you have that God hasn’t given you?
Favorite character: Paul because of his determination, sacrifice, and confidence in Christ.
Favorite Team:
Dan grew up a UT fan. He attended and worked for “the U” (University of Miami). Dan married an Auburn girl, and his boys attend TCU. He lived in Miami, home of the Marlins, Heat and Dolphins. So, he’s got lots of options.
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Farming, wood working, hunting.
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
We are a good hearted, unpretentious group of believers striving to grow in Christ. There are great opportunities to serve. Give us a try.

Walton Harless


Walton & Marna Harless

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Walton grew up in five different states as the fifth of five preacher’s kids. Marna was raised on a dairy farm with two brothers in central Kentucky. We were both blessed tremendously by faithful loving parents that were totally devoted to the Lord and each other. Walton and Marna met at Lipscomb and married in 1975. They have three children. Their two girls (Rachael and Emily) are married and live in Tennessee and are raising Walton and Marna’s five grandchildren. Their son, Timothy, is married and lives in Dallas. Walton and Marna have been involved with youth groups and families at church and at schools since early in their relationship. Marna is a teacher by trade but “retired” to stay at home with the kids, volunteer, tutor, homeschool and occasionally talk to the Governor. When our children started college, she went to work

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Walton and Marna have both been retired (pronounced "repurposed") since 2012 and have used the opportunity to ramp up their involvement in a number of volunteer efforts and ministries including the Learning Center, Jobs-for-Life, Prepare and Respond, Outback and various marriage related efforts.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in all things give thanks.
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Walton’s hobbies generally involve building things, fixing stuff, reading history and playing ball. Walton has served as a shepherd at Twickenham since 1999.
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
The Harlesses came to Twickenham in 1992 because they found an environment that encouraged freedom in Christ. Walton would encourage anyone with the desire to pursue a relationship with Jesus to investigate Twickenham.

Tom McKee


Tom & Christie McKee and daughters

Tom and Christie McKee have been married since 1988 and have two daughters. Claire is 19 and attends Samford University, while Abbie is 16 and attends Madison Academy. Christie has a degree in English/Communication from Freed-Hardeman University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1986. She is also certified in interior design through UAH. She currently teaches at Madison Academy.

Tom has 30 years of experience in engineering, sales, marketing, finance, and executive management. He holds bachelor degrees in Mechanical (Auburn) and Electrical (UAH) Engineering, as well an Executive MBA (Auburn). He has lived and worked in Asia and Europe during his tenure in the automotive industry, and has diverse experience in team building and business growth in America, Europe, and Asia. For the past 20 years Tom has served in senior level positions with Philips Electronics, Volatile Analysis Corporation, ChandlerMay, and currently with Lockheed Martin. 

He is a native of Limestone County, Alabama, where his family has been associated with the Tanner Church of Christ for four generations. 

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Outback America, Inner city missions and integration of Twickenham with the community.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The promise that God has given us is hope and that hope allows us to see a bright future.
Favorite character: David is probably my favorite character in the Bible because he never gave in to his mistakes and sin. He always returned to God.

Steve Owens


Steve & Sandra Owens and son

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I grew up in Nashville, TN.  I attended Lipscomb and Hillsboro High Schools.  I graduated from Lipscomb University and received a Masters at Texas A&M University.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Foreign missions and domestic outreach programs
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: Romans 8:38-39. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. It gives me confidence that Christ’s love can save me no matter what I’ve done in my life.
Favorite Team:
Tennessee
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Gardening and trotline fishing
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
We are a very accepting, forgiving and friendly group of God’s people who demonstrate our strong interest in helping the hurting in Huntsville, the US, and abroad.

Jon Perry


Jon & Michelle Perry and children

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I was born in Kansas and then moved to Virginia where I went to high school and met Michelle. I completed my undergraduate degree at Harding University and earned a master’s degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. We moved to Huntsville, site unseen, in 1985 to begin my career, and now it is home.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Outreach and Missions
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: My Prayer for Twickenham: Romans 15:5-6: May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Favorite character: Joseph is a favorite character of mine from the Old Testament. He was faced with repeated hardships yet “the Lord was with him” and had a plan to sustain Israel through Joseph’s difficult circumstances. It encourages me to trust in God beyond what I can see.
Favorite Team:
Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins and any underdog SEC team
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
I enjoy doing projects around the house, yard work and landscaping. As time allows I like to travel, explore new areas and hike. And, as an extended family, we enjoy spending lots of special events and time together (even if we have to make up an event).
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
We’re a family of kind and generous Christ followers, and it’s a great place to experience real life and serve God.

Lee Potts


Lee & Julie Potts and children

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Lee Potts has been married to the lovely Julie Potts since August 24th, 1991. Lee and Julie met while students at Texas A&M University. Upon his graduation, Lee was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Lee and Julie were engaged shortly before his departure to his first duty assignment in Germany. He would not see Julie again until 8 months later when he flew in for their wedding. They got married on a Saturday and flew back to Germany on Sunday. Lee is still madly in love with Julie.

Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse:  Habakkuk 3:17-19. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Favorite character: As someone who has struggled with pride, his favorite Bible character is John the baptizer for John gladly became less that Christ might become more.
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Lee likes hunting, fishing and reading. He also likes to eat meat, lots and lots of meat.
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
Twickenham is a church that believes the Bible really is the word of God and because we believe that this word really does bring life. We really do believe that we were enemies of God and objects of his wrath. And we believe that - at just the right time - Christ died for us, the ungodly. We believe that in doing so, he justified us by his blood and reconciled us to God. And we believe that, since God has reconciled us, we should give of our time, talents and treasure and even our very lives to make his name known here in Huntsville and among the nations that those from every nation, tribe, people, and language might know that salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!

Ken Smith


Ken & Suzanne Smith

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Ken was born and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, about an hour north of Huntsville. He is the son of Robert (Bobby) and Sara Smith—if you think you see the Spirit of God in him, say a prayer of thanks for these two saints. His grandparents were farmers and he spent some of his growing up years in a Southern agrarian culture.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
The Jobs for Life ministry is a blessing and an opportunity for service in the name of Jesus. It has provided an opportunity to grow closer to many of you as we work in concert to rescue students from themselves and life circumstances. It is a special moment to listen to people tell their stories and stand beside them as they see a brighter future in a framework of Christian love. From prior experience, service as a shepherd is a ministry that gives us a chance for God’s love to flow through us to reach others, care for the body of Christ and meet a broad set of community needs. I think we are at Twickenham because that is where God wants us to be at this point in our journey. I would offer Twickenham to others as a community that provides a place for imperfect people that are seeking God’s grace and peace.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: I am not sure that I have a favorite Bible verse. I have some favorite modern-day authors who help us understand discipleship in the 21st century. Josh Graves, Randy Harris and N T Wright are gifted speakers, writers and people of faith. I have read many of their books and from this wisdom literature, I have a favorite phrase or mantra that I will sometimes repeat to myself as guidance: “Be calm, sane and prayerful”.
Favorite Team:
Ken is a life-long Volunteer and bleeds orange!
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Ken plays USTA tennis throughout the year. He also likes to ski, travel and read. He is known as Papa to his grandsons.

Todd White


Todd & Lauribeth and son

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I was raised in a military family and graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas, where Lauribeth and I met. I went to college at the US Air Force Academy while she attended Abilene Christian and we were married shortly after we each graduated in 1987. We served in the Air Force for the next 20 years, living in Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Alabama and Mississippi. After retiring from the military in 2007, our family relocated to Huntsville and became a part of the Twickenham family.

Ministry you are passionate about at Twickenham:
Our family has been blessed to be a part of the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center and Christian Summer Camp for the last six years where we’ve seen God’s grace and provision touching the lives of inner city families and the volunteers who serve them. We also love serving in the North Alabama Outback America ministry that seeks to build stronger parent/teen and husband/wife relationships.
Favorite Bible Verse/character and why:
Favorite verse: Colossians 3:1-4. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. It is a reminder that our hearts and minds should be set on things above, not on things below. I see this as our challenge and our calling – to live this life beyond our circumstances and in light of the reality of our eternal destiny in Christ.
Favorite Team:
Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs. Texas roots run deep.
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities:
Family, Reading, Sports
What would you tell someone looking for a church home about Twickenham?
I would tell them they won’t find a perfect gathering of people here – or anywhere, for that matter. What they will find in Twickenham is a collection of grace-filled, struggling brothers and sisters who have walked beside our family through triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow. I would tell them they will find opportunities to grow and serve alongside people who love God and love each other.

Why Our Members Chose Twickenham

Our first Sunday back – relief, gratitude and being able to be part of such an uplifting assembly and worship again. We feel like this church is our family.

Uplifting! I loved the energy of the service – the singing – just a great “vibe”.

We appreciate the ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) classes we have been in. I love The Spring!

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