Jesus Christ is the head of our local body just as He is the head of His body, the universal church. The Elders at PBC are the official overseers who lead our church under Jesus Christ. The Elders are also shepherds of the flock under our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. The Elders strive to serve our body and remain sensitive to the needs and desires of our members so that their leadership is representative, not dictatorial. They are committed to teaching God's Word in order God to transform His World.
PBC believes the Bible teaches that qualified elders (recognized and affirmed by PBC members) are responsible for the following:
- Lead the church to determine and execute its objectives. (1 Tim. 3:1; )
- Govern the affairs of the church. (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2-4)
- Oversee all church organizations and their programs. (Tit. 1:7-9)
- Provide for the spiritual needs of the church. (Acts 20:28)
- Feed the church from the written Word of God. (Acts 20:32)
The 2013 Governing Board of Elders are:
- Jeff Edmunds – Missions, Men
- John Draper – EAC, Women’s Ministry, Assimilation
- Jesse Hensarling, III – Deacon Ministry, Youth
- Warren Mull (Chair) – Adult Ministry Team, JOY
- Larry Murray – Children, Worship, Staff, Outreach
Retirement Celebration for Tom and Mary Constable
July 10, 2011 at PlanoBibleChapel
In 1966, Dr. Tom Constable began a life of ministry as a teacher/professor at Dallas Theological Seminary until his retirement May, 2011. In addition to teaching thousands of young men and women in the Bible Exposition Department for the last 45 years, Tom also founded and directed the Field Education Department (1970-85), founded and directed the Center for Biblical Studies (1973), directed the Doctor of Ministry degree program (1979-96) and over the last 15 years served as the Department Chairman of Bible Exposition.
Tom has written commentaries on all 66 books of the Bible that continue to influence countless people all over the world through soniclight.com. Tyndale Seminary Press has published the first two volumes of his commentary Notes on the Bible: Volume I Genesis-Deuteronomy and Volume II Joshua-Esther*. Through the years, Tom and Mary have also ministered in more than three dozen countries and have regularly hosted seminary students and families in their home. Their relational ministry has changed the lives of so many. Tom's practical ministry of training pastors and missionaries to teach the Bible continues to multiply exponentially.
Tom and Mary's influence is not just global - it's personal. In 1968, the Constables founded Plano Bible Chapel and Tom served as pastor until 1980. He has continued to serve as an elder and elder advisory council member, teacher and pulpit speaker to this day. The Constables impact in each of our lives cannot be fully expressed or measured in earthly terms.
As Tom retires from DTS after 45 years of faithful living, teaching, and leading, PBC celebrates God's faithfulness through both Tom and Mary. Click here for a video tribute to the Constables.