Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). The elders are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). The elders are always spoken of in plurality because God intends for more than one man to lead and rule over the church as a safeguard for both the church and the man. It is the elder's duty to oversee and shepherd the local church (1 Timothy 5:17), (1 Timothy 3:4-5), (1 Peter 5:2-5), (Hebrews 13:17), (Hebrews 13:7), (Acts 20:28), (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2), (1 Timothy 5:17), (Titus 1:9), (Matthew 18:15-17).
The Journey is an Elder governed Church, not a Congregational/Member-governed Church. It is our view that scripture does not call for the church to be run by the members in a democratic fashion but that it clearly teaches that the Elders are the directors, managers, and overseers of the Church (1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17; Titus 1:7-9; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Acts 20:17-38).
Having an elder-driven church does not mean that the elders will not seek the input of the members when making decisions for the Church. It is the desire of the elders to be as open as possible with the members of the Church, and to seek as much input as possible from the members in order to make decisions that reflect the conscience, first of God and second of the membership of the body. It is the hope and prayer of the elders that we will lead The Journey Church in humility and with godly motives. We are always open to brotherly and sisterly discussion, criticism and/or advice, as long as it is done so in love. And we would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and discernment to lead The Journey in a manner that is holy and blameless.
Cody Parman (staff) - Lead Pastor & Elder
Pastor Cody serves as the visionary leader and primary teacher at The Journey. He is a graduate of Vincennes University, Indiana University, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Before planting The Journey in 2012, Cody spent 13 years in ministry as a youth pastor and then submitted himself to the Acts 29 church planting assessment process. He now lives here in beautiful Marietta with his wife and 3 sons.
Contact info: Cody@thejourneychurchmarietta.com
Chris Morris - Elder
Chris was installed as an elder of The Journey in February of 2017. Chris is an applications engineer for Thermoseal Inc. in Sidney, OH. He serves and shepherds in many ways at The Journey, including: leading and organizing Journey Groups and curriculum, helping on Sunday morning setup, and filling the pulpit on occasion. Chris lives in Parkersburg, WV with his wife Traci and kids (Kaelin, Cooper & Owen).
Contact info: Chris@thejourneychurchmarietta.com
Ryan Romine - Advisory Elder
Ryan was installed as an elder of The Journey in February of 2017. In March 2019, Ryan was called to and accepted a position in vocational ministry as the Outreach Pastor at Redeemer Church in Parkersburg, WV. He and his wife are both actively involved in YoungLife ministry. Ryan will continue to serve as an advisory elder to The Journey. He lives in Vienna, WV with his wife Sarah and kids (Nick, Aiden & Abigail).
Contact info: email@example.com