Our elders serve as the primary leaders of Waller Mill Bible Church focused on teaching, preaching, prayer, and the strategic direction of the church for God's glory.
The polity of Waller Mill Bible Church could be summarized as Elder-led, Deacon-served, and Congregation-governed. God has ordained that Biblically qualified elders (as defined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) must lead, feed, oversee, and protect the local church. God has ordained that Biblically qualified deacons (as defined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13; cf. Acts 6:1-7) must serve the local church by handling such administrative and service details that arise so that the elders may not get distracted from their key functions of teaching the scriptures and of prayer. And God has ordained that the congregation be involved in the authorization of certain decisions that affect the local church, such as appointing leaders (Ac 6:1-7), finances (1 Corinthians 9; 2 Corinthians 8-9), and church discipline (Matthew 18: ; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-11).
Joshua Harding, Teaching Elder
Joshua has been married to his wife, Christina, since 2004 and they have 6 young children. They met at Appalachian Bible College and have been in full time ministry since 2004. They love to serve the Lord together as a family, explore God’s creation, play board games, and hang out with family and friends.
Josh is a third generation pastor who grew up in a Christian home and trusted in Christ as a young boy. As a part of a pastor’s family, he was involved in various ministries such door-to-door visitation with his dad, helping in the bus ministry, and even teaching children’s Sunday School and Children’s Church. He began to consider God’s call to ministry in his life through the reading of scripture. As he memorized passages like the great commission and Romans 10:13-15, he remembers thinking, “Someone told me about Jesus and I want to tell others.”
He delivered his first sermon in a youth service at the age of 13 after asking his dad to teach him how to preach. His belief that God wanted all to serve and his interest in preaching led him to pray for God to show him if this is what He wanted for his life. As he had more and more opportunities to preach throughout his high school years, he became confident that God did indeed want him to become a pastor.
Over his years of training and ministry, God has added to the passion to preach a deep desire to shepherd God’s people. Josh loves developing intentional discipleship relationships with people in the church and through preaching and personal ministry helping people develop in their spiritual journey.
He also enjoys continuing his personal development through continued learning. He is an avid reader and is currently finishing his MDiv through Northwestern Theological Seminary.
Contact Joshua at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig Akins, Elder
Craig serves as a lay elder at WMBC. He grew up in Gadsden, Alabama and
was ‘in and out’ of church from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. Craig
responded in faith to the gospel and was baptized in 1990 upon hearing of
the Sovereign Grace of God at Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee. His
wife of 40 years, Karen, came slowly over the years to faith in Christ. Craig
and Karen have two grown children in their 30’s, both married, and one
granddaughter. Craig retired in June 2020 after 46 years in various sales
and executive positions with Coca-Cola and other related beverage supplier
companies. He and Karen moved to Williamsburg in 2007 and Craig has
been a member of WMBC since 2010.
Contact Craig at email@example.com.
Alex Vlk, Elder
Alex serves as a lay elder at WMBC. He grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Alex grew up going to church and was baptized at the age of 10. Alex has an undergraduate and graduate degree in American History and spent four years teaching high school history in Surry, Virginia. In 2016, he made a career change and began running a bed and breakfast in Williamsburg with his wife Laura. The Vlk's have three young children and have been living in Williamsburg since 2012. They have been members of WMBC since 2013.
Contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waller Mill Bible Church Deacons are a team of men who have faithfully met the Biblical qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy.
Deacons are elected by the church body to serve the Lord by ministering to the body and assisting the elders in building up the church through prayer and Godly counsel. Their responsibilities include overseeing the maintenance of our facility, serving Communion, and disbursement of benevolence funds.