Dr. Olan Stubbs is currently the Executive Director of Campus Outreach, Birmingham, AL. Olan grew up in Statesboro, Georgia and received a B.A. from Samford University in 1998 where he met his best friend and wife Lynna. Olan joined the staff of Campus Outreach after graduation where he served on the staff of CO at UNA and joined Redeemer in Florence. He served as an Elder at Redeemer before moving back to Birmingham in 2004 to assume a leadership role with CO. He has since earned a Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) from Reformed Theological Seminary; a M. Div. from Birmingham Theological Seminary; and a D. Min. from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. In addition to his duties as Director of CO, he serves as an Assistant Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. He and Lynna have four wonderful children.
The office of elder is described in Acts 20: 17-35; 1 Timothy 5:17-19; Titus 1:5; and 1 Peter 5:1-5, among other passages in the New Testament. The role of elder is one primarily of teaching and prayer. An elder’s responsibility is to shepherd the church, to look after and care for her in a manner after our “Great Shepherd”, Jesus (Hebrews 13:20). This care, primarily spiritual, includes ensuring “no corruption of doctrine or morals” enters into the church. It is the responsibility of elders to exercise government and discipline within the local church, and the church generally when called to do so. Elders visit the sick and afflicted, instruct the ignorant, comfort the mourning, and nourish and guard the children of the Church. Our elders exemplify what it means to live a life that honors God through discipleship, evangelism, and hospitality.
The role of deacon is one of sympathy and service. As observed in 1 Tim 3:8-13, deacons are called to be Godly servants, being the very hands and feet of Christ to our congregation. Through spiritual and practical methods, deacons work to serve the sick, the widows, the orphans, the prisoners, and others who may be in any distress or need, and care for the spiritual and physical resources of the church.
Our staff serves the needs of Redeemer practically, spiritually, and administratively through their work and love for the Lord. They support the vision of our pastor, our session, and diaconate and serve the needs of our members and our children.
We are blessed to have experienced, capable people who serve with us at Redeemer in so many capacities to help support our leadership and staff.