Throughout the New Testament local churches are placed under the authority of appointed men from the community who serve as under-shepherds of Christ (Acts 14:23). These men shepherd the flock and exercise oversight over the local body (1 Peter 5:1-3, Acts 20:28). Elders are called to serve in godliness and gentleness, and will give an account for their stewardship of the local church (Hebrews 13:17). They are appointed based on character qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9) and are also called to serve through functional qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9).
For more information, see our Position Paper on Elders.
Brad lived the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno until he gave his life to Christ in 1993. The former defensive lineman has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his bride, Jen, in Denton, Texas, they moved back to his hometown of Fresno. He was crazy enough to quit his job in 2002 to start a church with no financial support, no staff, and no building.
Brad and Jen have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall. One of his proudest moments as a pastor and father was baptizing his daughter, Peyton, at age seven.
President of the local Producers Dairy and third generation leader of the company, Scott Shehadey started attending The Well in 2002. He has been married to his wife Vanessa since 2007, and together they have two boys, John and James.
Part of The Well since (almost) the beginning, Rob Hansen is husband to Ashlee, and father to Nixon and Riley. With a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Fresno State University, Rob is a farmer and CEO of local business, Hansen Family Farms.
Born and raised in Fresno, Danny grew up in a Christian home and gave his heart to the Lord as a young man. Married for over 40 years to his bride Joanie, they have three married children and seven grandchildren, all of whom attend The Well.
Born and raised in the Valley, Darren and his wife Betsy were married in 2006, and live in Clovis with their two kids, Titus and Shiloh. A graduate of Fresno State, Darren also has an MBA from the university as well as a Master’s in Christian Ministry from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He surrendered his life to Christ in college and immediately got involved with the local church, where he later served for four years as a youth pastor and currently co-leads a Life Group. In his free time, Darren enjoys coaching youth sports, spending time with his family and playing golf.
As the founding principal of The Taylor Group, Russ Taylor has over 30 years of architectural experience, and primarily focuses on management and design. Married to his wife Donna since 1978, they have two kids and four grandkids. Russ spends his free time flying, playing golf, cycling and fishing.
Matt grew up in church but started to follow Jesus early in high school. After returning home to Fresno, he quickly got involved at The Well and has been at home here ever since. Graduating from Fresno Pacific’s credential program and later earning a Curriculum Design and Leadership Masters, Matt has been a dedicated teacher at Central High School since 2006. Matt found his wife Megan at The Well shortly after he began teaching and has been running their marriage marathon since 2009. They have had three kids, Jayden who’s with Jesus, Cy and Nolan. Together they are a foster family and love all their kiddos deeply.
David has been married to Charisse for 40 years, having met 42 years ago at Camp Sugar Pine, and they have four children, Elisa, Christian, Josiah and Elijah, and seven grandchildren. While an insurance agent specializing in Medicare and employer benefits, David’s hobbies include martial arts, walks on the beach, and traveling. David is committed to leading a men’s and couple’s Life Group, and sits on the leadership team for ReEngage.
Born and raised in Clovis, Matt and his family have attended The Well since 2007. Matt and Jen have been married for almost 25 years and have three children, Kaley, JJ and Eva.