The spiritual leaders of the church are called Elders, Shepherds, or sometimes Overseers. All three terms come from the New Testament church and can be found in scripture (for example Acts 20 and 1 Peter 5). The term “elder” suggests that these are to be men who are mature in their faith. As “shepherds,” these men are responsible for the care of their “flock”, the congregation, making sure sound, biblical teaching is presented in the Bible classes and from the pulpit. As “overseers,” these men are responsible not so much for carrying the work out as seeing that each ministry is effective in its work. The qualifications to be an Elder are found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. There is no “chief elder.” Our elders do not answer to any other congregation or organization. These men are answerable to the only head of the church, Jesus Christ. Fairmont is blessed to have nine men who shepherd the congregation.
Mike Brumley, an elder since 2002, is retired from Chevron/Texaco. Mike and his wife, Bonnie, were married in 1971 and have two children and four grandchildren. Mike’s career brought him to Midland/Fairmont Park the first time from 1988-1991, returning in 1994-1997, and again in 2000. His hobbies include restoring/working on vintage mustangs and various projects around the house. Mike’s areas of oversight are Step By Step, Audio-Visual, IT, and Public Worship.
Jimmy Carlile became an elder in 2011. He works at Fasken Oil and Ranch where he manages Health, Safety, Environmental, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs. He and his wife Jessica were married in 1979, and have a son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in Katy, and a daughter in Cedar Park. His hobbies include hunting, golf, and working in the yard. Jimmy’s areas of oversight are Ladies Ministry, Evangelism, and Discipling.
Pat Darden, a native of Midland, has been an elder since 2004. Pat works for Legacy Reserves L.P. as an engineering manager. Pat and his wife Lynn have been married for over 30 years and have two grown children. He enjoys exercising, golfing, and spending time with his family. Pat’s areas of oversight are Advertising, Building/Grounds/Maintenance, and Financial Counseling.
Bryan was an elder at Fairmont Park from 2002-2011 and again in 2014. He is married to Debbie, who he met in Seminole. He has two daughters and four grandchildren. Bryan is a Texas Tech alumni and is the manager of Refinery Supply & Crude Acquisitions at HollyFrontier Corporation. His areas of ministry oversight are Children’s Education and Vacation Bible School.
Steve McClaine, a Midland native, married his college sweetheart, Jena, in 1980. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Steve is President of Hickman McClaine & Associates, Inc. Steve has been an elder since 2011, and his areas of oversight are the 39ers, Benevolence, Fellowship, and the website.
Kyle Peck became an elder at Fairmont Park in 2011. He is married to Sharon, and they have three grown children. Kyle and his family have been members at Fairmont since 1994. Kyle’s areas of oversight are Finance, LTC, and Missions.
Lynn Richardson became an elder at Fairmont Park in 2014. He married Marilyn in 1980. They have two grown sons. Lynn is the Director of Safety and Process Safety at the Alon Refinery in Big Spring. His ministry oversight areas are Involvement and Greeters.
Smokie (Carl) Thorp is a life-long member of the church of Christ. He grew up in Pecos, Texas, where he married his high school sweetheart, Lori, in 1981. They moved to Midland in 1985 and began attending Fairmont Park. Family member who attend Fairmont include his mom Betty Thorp, his kids Ashley Thorp, Tate and Calli Tinley and their son Mayer. Smokie enjoys watching people fall in love with Jesus and spending time with his family. His areas of oversight are FEAST Groups, Jail Ministry, and Outreach.
Ray Tobias became an elder in 2002. Ray is the Chief Operating Officer of Dawson Geophysical Company. Ray married his wife Michelle in 1976. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren that are members at Fairmont Park. In his spare time, Ray enjoys golf. Ray’s areas of oversight are the Office Center and Youth.
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. -1 Peter 5:1-4, NIV