We believe that a church is made up of committed members, led by elders. In addition, Deacons serve the church by coordinating ministries that help meet the needs of the church.
The office of elder (or “pastor”) is described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1. Elders are biblically qualified men who lead God’s people by teaching God’s Word and shepherding and caring for the church. As we begin this church plant, we are led by Philip Van Steenburgh and we are praying God raises up elders to assist Philip in shepherding, teaching and caring for us. To learn more about Philip’s background, see below for his bio.
Philip Van Steenburgh
Philip grew up in Albany, NY, and then Greenville, SC. After college, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work in a congressional office on Capitol Hill. During that time, he began attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he grew more and more excited about the Gospel, the church, and helping others know and understand God’s Word. After leaving politics, Philip began pursuing pastoral ministry by participating in a pastoral internship program and work on staff at that church. In 2010, he married his wife, Katherine, and moved to Louisville, KY where he earned a Masters degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In January, 2014, 3 months after their first child was born, they moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where Philip took an Associate Pastor position for the Redeemer Church of Dubai. Their second child was born in Dubai in 2016. After spending nearly 3 years in the Middle East, Philip and his family are thankful to have a home in Cape Cod, and a church family at Grace Harbor Church.
The office of deacon is described in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 (cf. Acts 6:1-7). Deacons are men and women who are giving of themselves in service to the church, who possess gifts of ministry, and who are called to further service and care for the church’s members.