Elders are responsible for assisting the Pastor in teaching, praying for the church body and shepherding the flock in spiritual matters. In addition, Elders assist the Pastor in the administration of communion and baptism, visit the sick and distressed members of the church, as well as interview applicants for church membership and welcome new members into the congregation.

Qualifications for Elders are outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9

_DSC0602Senior Pastor – Matt Funk Pastor Matt came to Twain Harte Bible Church, first as our Youth Pastor, but after serving in that capacity for 3 years, was then called as our Senior Pastor in 2005 where he has served as a passionate and gifted preacher/teacher of God’s Word, bringing to life the scriptures through his sermons and studies. He and his wife, Kathy are both originally from Canada, as you’ll recognize from their slight accent. Married in 1996, they have four children. Pastor Matt, or PM as he is often referred, thrives on seeing people studying and applying God’s Word to their lives. In an age where many preachers have watered down the Scriptures, PM unashamedly speaks the truth with abandon, considering it a privilege to serve the body at Twain Harte Bible Church.
pastormatt@thbible.org

ThomazinsSteve Thomazin – Chairman
Steve Thomazin is currently the chairman of our Elder Board. He and his wife, Kelly were married in 1986, after growing up together in the same church in Yucaipa, California.  They and their three boys, Joel (not pictured) a graduate of Cal State Stanislaus, Jeremy and Miles, both attending Columbia College, moved to Sonora in 1996 when Steve took a job with Tuol. Co. Public Works Dept.  But shortly after that felt the Lord directing them to change jobs and churches.  It was then that they began attending Twain Harte Bible Church in 2000, where Steve has since served as a Deacon, and now an Elder.  His whole family has served in many capacities while attending here, and Steve and Kelly  are currently teachers for Jr High Sunday School.  His profession is a Civil Engineer with Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, but in his spare time they love to travel and camp and “see the beautiful world our God has created for us.”  They feel “richly blessed” to attend Twain Harte Bible Church. You can email Steve at madhoouse@sbcglobal.net

lloydsBarry Lloyd – Vice Chairman
Barry Lloyd has been serving the Lord since he was nine. His service to the Lord has allowed him to teach high school in southern California, be an associate pastor in the Central Valley, and serve guests at a Christian camp in Sierra Nevada’s, where they currently live and work.  He thoroughly enjoys taking backpacking trips with his wife, Jennifer and daughters, Shiloh & Kaila.  Barry was chairman of the Deacons for several years, and is enjoying serving the Lord as an Elder at Twain Harte Bible Church. You can email Barry at jp-barry@mlode.com

KoskelasKevin Koskela
Kevin’s passion is to encourage spiritual and relational growth among the body of Christ at Twain Harte Bible Church through one on one mentoring as well as small group leadership. He and his wife Sharon were married in 1982 and have two sons, Matt and Andrew. Matt currently works at AirMap in Santa Monica, a startup specializing in mapping drone airspace. Andrew is off on a new adventure and doing well. Both boys are now married to delightful Godly women whom we love! Kevin works out of his home office as the VP of Applications and Services for Thoroughbred Software, a New Jersey based developer of small to medium sized business application software. In his spare time Kevin enjoys cooking, growing veggies, photography, hiking, fly fishing and spending time outdoors. You can email Kevin at kevinkoskela@gmail.com

D.Babb Dave Babb
During his senior year of college in 1988 Dave began working with the Junior Highers at his home church in Los Altos, Ca. When he graduated with a degree in graphic design he soon realized God was calling him into ministry. The next 20 years were spent in 4 different churches serving mainly in Pastor of Student ministries roles with brief stints as interim pastor as well as time in Christian camping ministry.
Since coming to Twain Harte Bible Church 5 years ago he has been freelancing and sub-contracting in the web and graphic design industry.
In his spare time Dave enjoys fishing, photography, and honing his artistic skills.
Most importantly he desires to be an encourager with a passion for helping equip people to serve our God through the many ministry opportunities at Twain Harte Bible Church. You can email Dave at dave@dbabb.com

 

As a congregation, we are blessed to have men of such good moral and godly standards serving in this capacity, and thank the Lord for each of them.