|Landover Baptist currently employs 58 full time
paid deacons. In a church of 125,000+ tithing members, 68% of which are
over 60, it is no easy task. That is why we have 79 volunteer deacons on
hand. The volunteer deacons are not listed here, but we are just as proud
of them. They take time out of their busy Christian schedules to assist
full-time deacons on a daily basis. All total, and in full accordance with
Scripture, Landover Baptist maintains 137 Deacons.
The Deacon Director's Board is made up of 21 highly trained deacons.
Most of them, if not all have studied Deaconism in the Landover Baptist
Seminary. Three of them hold degrees in Deconology. Pastor Deacon Fred
heads up the Board. Deacon Hal Fenton is second in command, Deacon Jack
Larson is head of Internal Affairs, and Deacon Grampa Liberty is the Senior
representative from Landover Village Retirement Community.
The Landover Campus is divided into 48 zones. Each zone covers an area
of 10 square miles. Each deacon is assigned a zone for life. It is expected
that the first son of each deacon will continue the family tradition when
the father passes away. Deacons work until the day they meet the Lord.
There is no retirement for a deacon. In fact, Deacon J. Welles Sr. visits
his patrons in a wheelchair. In 1968, Deacon Adolf Hect Sr. visited church
members on a gurney, with assisted life support. He died that Spring in
the middle of a prayer with Silver Member, Widow Margaret Thap.
Deacon visitations are organized by a state of the art computer paging
network. Visits are logged and timed, sometimes recorded. On a busy day,
a full-time Landover Deacon can see up to 20 homes.
"Deacons are the back-bone of this church," Pastor Ebeneezer Smith remarks,
"they are the batteries that allow this enormous ministry to function as
a living entity. Without our deacons, we'd have ourselves 125,000 sappy
little crying babies. Deacons are the life-blood of this Christian community.
They are indispensable."
We provide here on the internet, just a few profiles of Deacons in the
Director's board. Most are simply too busy to stop for a complete interview.
We have printed here on this page alone, the complete list of paid deacons.
We ask that you keep each one of them in your prayers, and remember the
79 volunteer deacons as well. These are Christian workers, encouraging
and helping other Christians deal with the hardships of luxury and other
critical concerns that make up the everyday American Christian life.