Union Christian Church is an elder-led congregation. The elders of Union Christian Church provide for the real and spiritual governance, guidance, and oversight of the church. For this function they are responsible to God (Hebrews 13:17).
The Jenks family moved to Honduras in August 2011 for Stephen to assume the role of staff elder. After serving several years as a high school Spanish teacher, Stephen received his pastoral and theological training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both Stephen and Debbie have experience in education in Christian and public schools. Since marrying they have lived in Wisconsin and Nebraska. Stephen blogs at the church website and at www.studyliveteach.com.
The deacons support the elders in the ministry to the body by addressing the physical needs of the congregation.
Hiro Kawano, a native of Japan, has lived in Honduras for much of his adult life during which time he worked for Mitsubishi. He and his wife, Zoila, have three adult sons that are spread around the world.