So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:1–3, ESV)
Shepherds (also known as pastors, bishops, overseers, and elders) watch over the local church. Peter describes elders as men who willingly lead the flock in a loving and gentle way—specifically through their example. The Russellville congregation has been blessed with two godly men, Wayne Hester and Steve Pounders, who serve and have served in this capacity since 2016.