At FBC Longview, deacons are biblically qualified men called and ordained by the church to serve with humility and a servant heart. They fulfill responsibilities such as visiting widowed, hospitalized, and shut-in members, following their pastor's leadership and collaborating with fellow servant leaders.

  • lawson starnes

    chairman of Deacons

    ORDAINED 2013

  • Steve Leach

    Vice CHAIRMAN of Deacons

    ORDAINED 1985

  • Matt harrison

    Deacon Secretary

    ORDAINED 2013

  • bruce kimber

    Deacon Treasurer

    ORDAINED 2013

  • kim bishop

    ORDAINED 1980

  • tony black

    ORDAINED 2013

  • aric cothren

    ORDAINED 2016

  • tom gillihan

    ORDAINED 2013

  • lonnie odem

    ORDAINED 1996

  • dave sampson

    Ordained 2013

  • What does a deacon do?

    The deacons of FBC Longview serve several key purposes:

    1. Ministry of Compassion: They visit and minister to widowed individuals, those hospitalized, shut-ins (both at home and in care facilities), and financially encumbered members through prayer, Scripture reading, and benevolence distribution when appropriate.

    2. Promotion of Unity: Deacons cultivate unity within FBC Longview by demonstrating loyalty to pastoral leadership through lovingly truthful conversations, biblical conflict resolution, and accountability practices.

    3. Administration of Ordinances: They assist in administering the ordinances of the church by organizing and distributing the Lord's Supper as requested by the lead pastor, as well as overseeing or assisting with baptisms as needed.

    For more information about the deacons of FBC Longview, please feel free to reach out to us via email at We'd be happy to provide further details.