Ed grew up in Shawnee, OK and moved to Texas for college, attending Abilene Christian University, where he met his wife Kerry. Ed and Kerry have four children: Kelsey and Cole Swearengen, Will and Elea Allen, Kylie and Katelyn. Before beginning work as an Elder at Keller, Ed and his family attended Colleyville church of Christ. Prior to working at Colleyville, Ed served as a Deacon, Teacher in the Brown Trail School of Preaching and Director of the Truth In Love television program while attending the Brown Trail church of Christ in Bedford.
Meet Our Elders
Ted, appointed elder in 2018, came from Toledo, OH at the end of 2016 having worked for 40 years in the railroad industry and retiring from Amtrak as District Manager in 2005. Education was in primarily 2 colleges: Abilene Christian College and Eastern New Mexico University. He took Bible under Dr. Steve Eckstein at the ENMU Biblechair. He has worshipped with numerous congregations including serving as an elder in 3 congregations prior to coming to Keller.
Kelly Davis was appointed as an Elder in 2008. He graduated from Harding University with a degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University where he met his wife, Debbie. While living in Columbia, MO, he was deacon over finance for several years. Kelly and Debbie have both been involved with teaching both here and in Columbia. They have two adult daughters.
Jamie Garner was appointed as an Elder in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lubbock Christian University and currently works as the Director of Analytics for ERW Site Solutions. He is married to Audra, a teacher in BISD, and they have one married son and two daughters. He and his family came to Keller in 2001 from Carlsbad, New Mexico. While in Carlsbad, he served as a deacon with Fox & Lake congregation and was involved in their youth ministry and worship. Since being at Keller, he served as a deacon for 15 years working in the areas of education and men’s ministry. Audra has taught cradle roll, coordinate LTC and L2L, VBS and assisted in many other areas here at Keller.
Gary Kiser was appointed as an Elder in 2008. He has been an engineer for over 30 years. In the past, Gary also worked 10 years as a Youth and Family Minister, was a foster parent for many years, eventually spending 4 wonderful years as a houseparent in a children’s home.
The Elders in the Lord's Church are tasked with watching over the spiritual well being of the members of His Church. Just as Christ told Peter, "Feed my sheep" in John 21:17, so also our Elders are tasked with feeding the sheep today. This role in the Church goes by different names in scripture; Shepherds, Elders, Pastors, Overseers and Bishops. Whatever name they take, the role stays the same... To be a shepherd to the flock and feed the flock.
Due to the important nature of this role, Scripture is very clear on what men should serve in this role. 1st Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 tell us about the character of a man who could be appointed to the office as an Elder in the Church.