Joel Maginnis: Lead Deacon of Theology & Practice

I am so very pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Maginnis to the office of Lead Deacon of Theology & Practice. Joel has been at Anthem since 2013. During that time, Joel has served in numerous areas of the church, most notably, as one of our Deacons of Student Ministry. While Joel will continue to serve in Student Ministry, this new office will allow him to use his particular gifting in way conducive to both his growth and our benefit.

I have to say, this appointment is particularly special for me. It cannot often be said of younger men that they are willing to serve in less prominent roles while they develop in maturity and stature. Save to mention acknowledging their need to do so. This is especially true when one is such a gifted Bible teacher, as Joel has demonstrated. And finally, much less, willing to do so for nearly eight years!  

As Lead Deacon of Theology & Practice it will be his responsibility to assist the Pastor of Preaching & Vision (that's me) in ensuring the doctrine espoused and the practice encouraged within our discipleship ministries are in keeping with the church's statement of faith and theological distinctives. He will do so by:
  1. Vetting and approving content and curriculum throughout all discipleship ministries (men, women, student and Gospel Communities). 
  2. Presiding over the initial stages of all doctrinal disputes between deacons and those involved in the ministries they serve (should they arise).
  3. Produce content (written, video or audio), when necessary and directed to do so, for the edification of the church. This includes, but is not limited to: position papers, church statements, articles and curriculum. 
  4. Teach, when necessary, in venues and contexts where he has been asked to do so by other deacons or at the direction of the elders. 

This is not a paid staff role.

Please join me in congratulating and praying for Joel in his new role. As he is already a deacon, no commissioning ceremony will be forthcoming. Just a hearty pat on the back... 😉


Hayley Maginnis - January 12th, 2021 at 6:04pm


Deb - January 12th, 2021 at 7:17pm

So very excited and happy about this! Congratulations Joel and Hayley!

Candy - January 12th, 2021 at 8:26pm

We are in fact biased but OK with that so🎉🎉🎉! We’re excited to see how God will be glorified in the season!

Maria - January 13th, 2021 at 1:48am

Congratulations Joel!

Lowell McDonald - January 13th, 2021 at 3:34pm

Joel has shown himself to be a faithful student of God’s word for many years. As a long term friend, I have been a beneficiary and cheerleader of Joel’s continued growth. I trust that God will use him in this role to bring great glory to Jesus Christ and joy to Anthem.

Andrew Clark - January 14th, 2021 at 3:51pm

Congratulations bro

Daniel Jones - January 14th, 2021 at 9:55pm

This is great news Joel. Our church is even better now.