Leadership at Joy
Colossians 1:18 teaches that Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Therefore, we believe that He is the "senior pastor," or, Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), of the flock at Joy. But Jesus has entrusted the oversight and care of the flock to a team of qualified elders. Throughout the New Testament, the pattern for leadership in the church is consistently a plurality of elders giving themselves to the care, teaching and oversight of the local congregation (for example, see Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5). The Apostle Paul describes the qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:9.
Our conviction is that the terms "elder" and "pastor" are interchangeable in the Scriptures, and therefore it is the responsibility and privilege of all the elders together to "shepherd the flock of God that is among you" (1 Peter 5:2). While all elders have equal authority and responsibility and must meet all the qualifications outlined in Scripture, some elders are uniquely gifted to devote themselves especially to the ministry of the Word of God, and are often financially compensated for their labors (1 Timothy 5:17-18).
For more on our understanding of eldership in the local church, see Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership, and the four-part online seminar by the same title delivered by John Piper: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/seminars/biblical-eldership-part-1a
Jeff Crispin (Elder & Staff)
Jeff is a long time resident of the Pitman area and has 20 years of pastoral experience. He and his family came to Joy in 2004 and Jeff joined the elder team in 2010. Jeff works in downtown Pitman as a physical therapist. Jeff serves the church part-time and is primarily responsible for family ministries, preaching and teaching outside of Sunday morning worship, and shaping and communicating the mission and ministry at Joy. Jeff lives in Pitman with his wife Carol, and their 5 children: Aaron, Ryan, Leah, Joanna, and Rebecca.
Matt Hartel (Elder)
Matt has been a member of Joy since 2003. He previously served as a deacon for 7 years before coming on as an elder in 2016. Matt serves Joy thru leading Bible studies, encouraging missionaries and assisting in the Compassion ministry. Matt works for an IT consulting company and is a native of Clarksboro NJ where he still lives with his wife, Catherine and 4 kids: Rachel, Abigail, Timothy and Ben.
Larry Lazarus (Elder & Staff)
Larry Lazarus has been a member of Joy since 2004, and was affirmed as an elder in 2010. Larry serves the church vocationally as an elder, exercising leadership in the areas of preaching, theology and vision. A native of Havertown, PA, Larry lives in Pitman with his wife Michelle, and their three children Halle, Felicity and Noah.
Craig Smith (Elder)
Craig has been a member and elder since Joy began in 1993. Craig grew up in Merchantville, NJ. He and his family moved to Washington Twp. as part of the Launch Team of Joy. Craig leads the Worship Mnistry and co-leads a Life Group. His wife, Karen, is the church's Administrative Assistant. They reside in Williamstown and are blessed with three adult children and six grandchildren. Craig works in Marlton as a Certified Financial Planner.
Jason Tyrell (Elder & Staff)
Jason Tyrell has been a member of Joy since 2000, and has been on staff in various capacities since 2001. Jason currently serves as overseer of youth and Life Group ministry, leads a life group, and serves the body through preaching and counseling. Jason is a lifelong resident of South Jersey, and currently lives in Glassboro with his wife Celess and their three children Sean, Zachary and James.
Ben King (Elder & Pastoral Intern)
Ben has been a member at Joy since 2010 and was affirmed as an elder in 2017. He is currently a history teacher at a local high school, but feels called to full time pastoral ministry and has therefore been serving at Joy as a pastoral intern for 4 years. He has served in different capacities at Joy over the years, but he currently serves as a worship leader and as a lifegroup leader. He lives in Williamstown with his wife Lindsay and their 3 children: Adleigh, Benjamin, and Maggie.