We believe God calls every one of us to a daily life of ministry, yet He also places spiritual leaders within the church to lead & equip His people for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-14). Friendship functions as a Jesus-ruled, Elder-led, Congregationally-affirmed church. Jesus is our Chief Shepherd, the head of His body, the Church. Elders guide and govern the church. Deacons assist the Elders and serve the body. Ministry Team Leaders and Staff assist in carrying out the work of ministry.
MINISTRY TEAM LEADERS
Andrew Tate • Elder/Lead Pastor
Andrew is a Buckeye (born & raised in Ohio) who grew up outside the church, but came to faith in Christ late in high school. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, where he met and married his wife, Annette. They have been married for 23 years with four kids ranging in age from 20 to 10. His primary role as Lead Pastor is to preach the gospel, lead the way in creating gospel culture, and equip & empower others to lead and do the work of ministry. Andrew has been serving at Friendship since June 2019.
Tiffany Smith • Kids Ministry Director
Tiffany is a local, home-grown member of the Friendship family. She has an amazing heart for the Lord, for people, for animals, and of course, for kids! Though she contributes in countless ways across our ministry, her primary role is to provide gospel care, support, and instruction to kids and families. She has been married to her husband Oran for 5 years and has multiple pets to love on. Tiffany is a gift to the Church and has been serving on staff at Friendship since February 2020.
Andrew Poston • Worship Leader
Andrew is a South Carolina native (Pamplico, SC) and a graduate of Anderson University. He has an extensive theater background, even spending a season performing on Broadway in late 2022. The Lord brought Andrew to Friendship via a "divine detour" in what he calls Season Two of the pandemic (late 2020). He has been instrumental (pun intended) in helping build our Worship Team, and continues to be a key building block in the ministry of our church. Andrew has been serving at Friendship since November 2020.