This local assembly is part of the spiritual Body of Christ, consisting of believers in Jesus Christ without regard to race, color or status. It is autonomous and free from any external authority or control. We are a self-governing body led by biblically selected officers who serve under the headship and guidance of Jesus Christ. The officers are elders, deacons and deaconesses, who must be biblically qualified (1st Timothy 3; Titus 1). The elders (also called bishops, pastors, and pastor-teachers; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) govern this local church, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, in all matters of interpretation and application of the Scripture.