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Everyone who is in Christ is a Minister of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).
Every member of the Courtyard family is encouraged to live into this calling by using the gifts and talents he or she has been given by God to minister to the church and the world. This means that members conduct the Lord's Supper, preach, lead singing, read scripture, and organize ministries to bless the world. Members sign up to be "on-call" in two-week increments to assist the leadership team and mature in their discipleship.
Some are gifted and called to church leadership
Our Leadership Team is equipped by the Spirit, educated in Bible and theology, and has extensive ministry experience. Members are also invited into the leadership discussions in three-month increments to guarantee that the voices of the church are heard and so that we remain blessed by God's wisdom flowing through all believers.
Tiffany has been with Courtyard since its inception in 2015. She did her undergraduate work at York College in Nebraska. She met her husband there, and they moved to Fayetteville with the Army in 2000 and have been here ever since. Tiffany earned an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary with specializations in Old Testament and Spiritual Formation. She went on to earn a doctorate in Preaching for Community Transformation through Abilene Christian University. Tiffany is also the Program Director for ACU Dallas’s Christian Service and Formation degree where she helps others become ministers. She teaches courses like Wisdom Literature, the Prophets of Israel, Pastoral Ministry, & The Gospel of John in the online Bible Departments at ACU and York College. She has particular passions for holding space with the church traumatized and facilitating spiritual disciplines that help people heal and mature in their faith in a way that loves God with their heart, body, soul, and mind.
Jim previously served as an elder and preacher in congregations around the world. Jim and his wife, Judy, have been with Courtyard since its inception in 2015. Jim attended the University of Arkansas and studied Bible through the Ark-La-Tex School of Biblical Studies, and he received his ecclesiastical endorsement prior to being stationed at Incirlik, Turkey in 1983, where he volunteered as the local preacher for three years. The US Air Force transferred him and his family to Hawaii in 1986, where he served in the local congregation as an elder for three years. Jim retired from the Air Force after 22 years and later retired from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He and Judy enjoy time with their grand and great grandchildren as well as times of refreshing in Florida
Jared served as the Young Adult minister with his wife, Shelle, before joining Courtyard's Leadership Team. He is active duty Army. Jared specializes in virtual gatherings, like facilitating our Wednesday night Book clubs on Zoom, and anything outdoors. He will be the one to greet you with a cup of coffee on Easter sunrise by the Courtyard fire pit or with a song at a family retreat campground. Jared and Shelle have two sons and enjoy big adventures with them that often include dinosaurs, baking, creek-walks, and Star Wars.
Naomi Arnold is serving with Courtyard while she prepares for Navy chaplaincy. She is fluent in Spanish and ASL and has worked in many countries with the State Department. She is commissioned with the US Navy and holds an M.Div.. Naomi is trained in grief support and serves Courtyard in many ways, especially in areas of community engagement and pastoral care while she prepares to ship out in 2024.