We are blessed to have the following individuals serve as Elders of the Richfield Church of Christ. Please contact them with any needs you might have, questions about scripture, inquiries about the Richfield Church or Christ and/or to learn how you can get engaged in a service ministry.
Rodger Chambers was appointed Elder of the Richfield Church of Christ in 1973. He served as a deacon for a number of years and has been a member of the congregation since 1962.
Rodger and Norma were married in 1963 and raised their daughter and son in this congregation. Norma served the congregation in many ways including teaching, calling on those in need and opening their home to others.
Rodger was raised in Texas and moved to Minnesota courtesy of the U S Air Force. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He worked for Control Data in the computer business for 27 years and then in financial services for an additional 18 years.
Norma is a Minnesotan from day one. She trained and became a nurse just after high school. Her work started in pediatrics in the University of Minnesota hospital and included geriatrics in nursing homes. She returned to Normandale Community College and then Metro State and earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Gerontology late in her career. She opened and ran a day care center to provide respite to those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s as her last act in the work force.
Rodger and Norma enjoy time with family, travel, reading, movies and outdoor activities such as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and fishing. While we have shared experiences in all these areas, a couple of these interests belong more to one than the other.
Ron Delamarter grew up in Michigan, moved to Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. He met Renae and they were married in 1987.
They moved to Oklahoma where he was baptized into Christ and was a Deacon at North MacArthur Church of Christ. They moved to Jordan, Minnesota in 2002 where they became members of the Richfield Church of Christ. He was appointed a Deacon, Worship Assembly Planning and Coordination for the Richfield Church of Christ in September 2015 and Elder in December 2015.
Ron and Renae have a son, Trey, and daughter, Madison, who also live in the Twin Cities. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing volleyball, exercising and walking their dog. He follows his Longhorns as best he can from Minnesota.
James Lichtblau grew up in Minnesota and joined the military after high school. He has spent his career in the sheet metal trade and is currently an HVAC inspector. He became a Christian as an adult and has been blessed by God with incredible spiritual mentors. He and his wife Carolyn teach third-sixth grade Bible class, facilitate Financial Peace University, coordinate the MAGI Project and guide the Fellowship Ministry.
He was appointed a Deacon, Fellowship for the Richfield Church of Christ in September 2015 and Elder in December 2015.
James enjoys camping, hunting, fishing the Boundary Water Canoe Area, biking, skiing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling and is a life-long Green Bay Packers fan. He and Carolyn have two adult children.
Thurman Tucker was appointed Elder of the Richfield Church of Christ in 2007. He became a Christian at age 12 in Memphis, TN. Thurman moved to Minnesota in 1965 and worked in the grocery industry until he retired in 2006.
In 1970, he married Pat. They have three adult children – Michelle, Angela and Jason – and three grandchildren.
For many years Thurman has appreciated the outdoors and currently does volunteer work for Quail Forever. He works with the two Quail Forever Chapters in Minnesota as well as with youth and landowners in building wildlife habitat.
Elders, Shepherds, and Overseers (or Bishops)
In the New Testament, three different words are used to describe the same group of men (Acts 20:17-31). The different words may reflect different aspects of their ministry to the church.
- Elder – person of seniority, prominence, experience, and wisdom.
- Shepherd – person who cares for, guides and protects people.
- Overseer (or bishop) – person who provides watchful direction.
The elders/shepherds/overseers are also called upon to provide healthy teaching (1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:9).
Before a person can be appointed to this role, he must meet the qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
The elder/shepherd/overseer leads primarily through his example, service and teaching (1 Peter 5:1-4).
In the New Testament, when there are elders in a congregation, there are always more than one.