by anthony
December 29, 2020


I was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain where I have lived most of my life. Marcia and I have been married for 48 years. We have five grown children (Amie, Julie, Lorie, Leslie, and Jonathan), eleven grandchildren, and one on the way (Leslie is due in May). By God’s grace, all five of my children and their spouses profess Christ as their savior.

I retired as the general manager at Asheville Elevator Company a little over a year ago. I worked in the elevator trade for 44 years.

My favorite thing to do in life is spending time with my family. I think that I was created to be a granddaddy. I am very blessed that my whole family lives in North Carolina, at least for now. I like football, baseball and family trips. I love working around my house with my tractors and power equipment.

I grew up in a Baptist family and we attended church regularly. I was baptized in the Baptist church when I was about 11 years old but I really did not understand salvation until I began attending Lakey Gap Presbyterian Church with Marcia as a teenager. It was in that church that I learned that salvation doesn’t mean that I have finally overcome my sinful ways enough to be acceptable to God. I learned that I could never be good enough or repent enough to earn a place in Heaven. I learned that Jesus is my only hope. He paid the full debt for my sins. I am saved by grace through faith. My only righteousness is from Him.

I continued to learn and grow in Christ in that church. The church was small and I became an elder at a young age. In hindsight, I was probably too young. I made some mistakes but I also learned a lot about being an elder. I was an active elder when that church withdrew from the mainline Presbyterian denomination and joined the Presbyterian Church in America in the ’80s.

My family and I first attended Trinity PCA on the second Sunday that the worship service was held in the current location in October of 1990. We felt at home and we knew that Trinity was where God wanted us to be. I served as an elder while Bill Laxton was the pastor.

I believe that Trinity PCA exists not lonly to proclaim the glorious gospel of Christ to the lost and dying around us but also to constantly proclaim that same gospel to those who claim Christ as their savior. The church leaders should make sure that the Bible, God’s holy inspired Word is faithfully and accurately taught not only from the pulpit but also in Sunday school, small groups, and growth groups. The church should equip its members to fulfill the Great Commission as they go about their daily lives so that they can bear witness to the truth and lead their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to Christ.

Being an elder is an extremely difficult task especially in times like these. When the new session is put in place they will face tough issues from day one. These issues will take a great amount of time, energy, and prayer. The session will have to be constantly on their knees pleading for wisdom and grace. My hope for Trinity as we move forward is that the deep wounds from the last few years can be healed and that we can rejoice that we agree on far more than we disagree. I hope that those who are angry with their brothers and sisters can find it in their hearts to forgive those who have different opinions from them. God can heal Trinity. It probably will not happen overnight but the problems did not happen overnight either. I hope that God leads you to be a part of this healing process.

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I was born in February 1949, which makes me 71 years of age. I grew up in a small coal-mining town in rural western Virginia. Raised in the Methodist Church, I remained a member of that denomination until 1992, at which time I joined Arden Presbyterian Church. I attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1971. The next four years, I served in the United States Coast Guard. My last year in the CG I was married to Sarah Salyer. In December, we celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary. We have one daughter, Mary Taylor Elston, and two grandsons.

I served as a RE at Arden (3 yrs.) and at Trinity (9 yrs.). I taught, along with my wife, the Catechism to 4 and 5year old children for 10 years. I had the privilege of serving as the Moderator of the Presbytery and as chairman of the Presbytery Shepherding Committee for the past three years.

I was converted at age 28. God used Genesis 1:1 to convince/convict me of my sin and my need for THE Savior Jesus.

I look forward to the time when we can worship together as a Church Family and enjoy the ordinary means of grace.

I think that the leadership of the Church has as its first two priorities:

  1. Put forth a plan to fill the Pulpit short and long term.
  2. Visit, preferably in person, all members of the church. In-person visits may not be realistic because of health reasons.

My theological stand is simple. I believe the Bible, Old and New Testament, is given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of Faith and Life. The Westminster Confession of Faith has been most helpful to me in understanding the truths contained in the pages of Holy Scripture.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, that the man of God, may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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I was raised in a Christian family and attended Arden Presbyterian Church from the age of five. As a consequence of the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and books from R C Sproul, I grew more serious about my faith in college. During college and medical school I was involved with the planting of Church of the Good Shepherd in Chapel Hill. Through the singles ministry at CGS, Sandi and I became friends; we married in 1990 before my last year of medical school. Subsequently, we spent five years in Nashville while I did my residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt. In Nashville, we joined Covenant Presbyterian Church, which was also a new church plant. After returning to Asheville in 1996—now with three small children–we started attending Trinity. Although Trinity lacked a senior pastor at the time, we joined in 1998 so that our fourth child could be baptized here. At one time or another I have been involved with teaching every level of Sunday School from age three to adults, except fifth-grade and middle-school girls. I also previously served two consecutive terms as a ruling elder at TPC.

During my college years, I also developed a concern for missions. I went to West Africa with MTW for a summer while in medical school. Later in medical school, Sandi and I spent two months at a small mission hospital outside of Abbottabad, Pakistan. I have been on the missions committee at three different churches.

Sandi and I have four kids and a son-in-law (Samuel, Emily, Thomas, Julia Margaret, and Julia Margaret’s husband, Regan) who are in their twenties and are in various stages of figuring out their calling in life. We also have a sixteen year old (David). Outside of work and church, I enjoy reading, hiking, travel, Boy Scouts and watching college sports.

My understanding of the need that TPC has at this time is two-fold. First, the flock has been scattered, both from turmoil at Trinity and from Covid. We need to figure out who is worshipping where. Those in good situations need to be encouraged to keep it up. Those who are not currently in a flock need to be encouraged to find the right flock. Secondly, we need to secure sound, Biblical preaching. This gospel teaching needs to be expanded back to other venues (i.e., Sunday school, small groups, women’s ministry, youth group) as Covid allows. | 828 778-5267


My wife, Jimmie Lynn, and I began attending Trinity Presbyterian Church in 1990 (on the second Sunday the congregation gathered in the building at Shawnee Trail). We came to Trinity for solid biblical teaching, edifying fellowship, thoughtful worship, and a dynamic body life. In January 1992, I was hired as Trinity’s Director of Youth Ministries. Ten years later, in 2002, we were called to Australia with Mission to the World where we were counselors, equippers, teachers, church planters, and mercy ministers. After 18 years on the mission field, we are called to return to Trinity permanently.

I would like to see Trinity genuinely express the Great Commission in our communities ie. making disciples and teaching disciples. I would like to see Trinity reach its God-given potential of spiritual fitness ie. well-fed by God’s Word and well-exercised in acts of love, grace, and mercy.| 828-457-9191


C.H. Spurgeon once said that “A man’s lack of a birth certificate does not constitute evidence he had never been born.” I cannot tell you exactly when God brought me into his saving grace. I grew up in Statesville, NC, where positive spiritual influences included my parents, Sunday School teachers, and choir director in the PCUS church my family attended. God used them to teach me about my sin and need for a Savior. I was deeply impacted in college while attending a nondenominational “Bible Church” where the Bible was faithfully exposited from the pulpit. I then came to see more keenly that His Word is “living and active, stronger than any double-edged sword, penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.”

Soon after college, I embarked on marriage with my wife Sheri who has stuck with me and encouraged me through 42 years, 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. She has truly been my best friend, life companion, and encourager. In 2017 I was diagnosed with a rare thyroid cancer that carries quite a poor prognosis, but by God’s mercy (and through faithful prayer of many brothers and sisters at Trinity) I remain here on earth a bit longer “that I may long obey.” I still am working full-time at the hospital where I take care of every flavor of infectious diseases, including the new kid on the block, Coronavirus-19.

At this moment in the life for Trinity Presbyterian Church, my hopes and aspirations are summed up by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together, “The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is in Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly we will learn to think about our community and pray and hope for it.” Let me be pedantic and obvious: Trinity belongs to no other than our Lord and Savior, not to any group of individuals. We can be confident and mightily encouraged to remind each other that Jesus Christ will be glorified through His body and bride, not by might or by power, but by His Spirit. Isn’t it good to know His work is not dependent upon our performance? My conviction is that He is keenly interested that we love each other well, and humbly submit to each other. | 828-273-3552


For those who may not know me as well, some background information is in order. I work in the insurance industry and am blessed with a wonderful wife, daughter, and son. My bride, Theresa, works diligently to care for us and her elderly mother, though I think I may be her biggest challenge. My children, Sara, and James are young adults making their way and growing in Christ, which is a great privilege to witness.

Though my family is very important to me, they are secondary to God and his provision of salvation for me. He has grown my faith with the help of godly people, who have proffered continual encouragement, sanctification, and exhortation. I have greatly benefited from these things, and love seeing others benefit from them as well.

In our own congregation, I delight in seeing brothers and sisters who “encourage one another and build each other up.” I desire for this biblical instruction from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to grow among us and pray that Trinity will increasingly glorify God in all that we do by being faithful in our obedience to him.

As a member of Christ’s body and an elder in our church, I look at Paul’s clear instruction to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:28. He admonished those men to act and serve in a way–both sober and rewarding–that I often look to for guidance.

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