Elders

Elders

In the New Testament, men known as elders oversaw congregations of God’s people. According to the Bible (Acts 14:23; Phil 1:1; Titus 1:5), the orderly arrangement and superintendence of the church entailed the ordaining of qualified men to a duly appointed eldership. The elders were known as bishops, pastors, presbyters, overseers, and shepherds. These six English terms are used interchangeably and all of their corresponding Greek terms are found in Acts 20:17,28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2. Each individual member of this office is to be qualified for this work by the criteria identified in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We commend the following qualified men to you as pastors, bishops, elders/overseers, presbyters, and shepherds of the flock at the University church of Christ.

Elder

Cliff Caskey

Cliff and his wife, Sylvia, have two children and one grandson. Cliff obeyed the gospel at the age of 14. Over the past 60 years, he has lead singing, taught classes, served as a deacon, and now is an elder here at University. Cliff holds a B.S in Agricultural and an M.S. in Biology and has worked as a county extension agent for almost 30 years and horticulturist for 8 years.  He has owned and operated a fruit orchard for…
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David Harrell

David Harrell and wife, Tina, have 2 grown daughters.  They met through the University church’s Campus Ministry at McCarty Student Center and have been married since 1993. David has served the University congregation as an elder since October 2014 and had served as a deacon from 2000-2014. David was born and raised in San Marcos and now owns and operates his one HVAC business there.  They enjoy traveling and foreign mission work.
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Carey Hooper

Carey Hooper and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter, 2 sons, and 1 daughter-in-law. Stacey works as a Medical Technologist at St. David’s hospital in South Austin. Carey has served the University congregation as an elder since June of 2010. Carey works in sales at Eastside Lumber and Decking in Austin, Texas. They make their home just outside the city of Kyle, Texas. They love spending time with family and friends and also enjoy having a good time with their…
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Buddy Martin

Buddy and his wife, Irmadean, have raised four children and have 10 grandchildren.  He received a B.S. in Biology from Texas State University and later spent a year of intensive training in Personal Evangelism and then earned a Masters in Education in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts.  He holds certification from the State of Texas as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Over the last 45 years, Buddy has had experience as an employee in industry, a Personal Evangelism…
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Joe O’Banon

Joe O’Banon and wife, Betty, have 3 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. They met through the University church’s Campus Ministry at McCarty Student Center. Betty retired in August 2019 after serving for 29 years as secretary at McCarty. Joe has served the University congregation as an elder since May 1986. Joe is retired from AT&T after over 40 years in the communications industry. They live on their farm about 7 miles outside San Marcos where they manage a small cattle…
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Gale Ponish

Gale Ponish and his wife Betty grew up in Karnes County Texas and are blessed with 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. They worshipped at University from 1960-1980 and were a part of the McCarty Student Center when they attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College. They moved away in 1980 but were able to move back to San Marcos in the fall of 2012.  Betty taught school for 44 years before retiring. Gale taught school for several years and…