The Bible speaks of three different kinds of leaders in every local church: elders, deacons, and members. Elders (also called pastors and overseers in Scripture – see Acts 20:28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2) are the head and heart of the church – men responsible before God for the church’s theological and spiritual vitality. Deacons are the hands and feet of the church – the practical leaders who oversee various functions of the church’s ministry. Members are missional Christians who love Jesus, are committed to their church, and serve according to their abilities so that more people can meet Jesus.
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Thaddeus (TJ) Rexilius, Pastor
Thaddeus was blessed to be born and raised in a Christian home, with parents who lovingly taught him the truths of the gospel from an early age. The desire to serve the local church in a position of leadership grew in his heart throughout junior high and high school, and then gained traction and voice while attending Grace University, where he also met his wife, Terra.
While studying biblical studies there, God laid on his heart an unrelenting passion for youth ministry and this lead him to pursue his first full-time ministry opportunity at a church in Newman Grove in the fall of 2009. Thaddeus and Terra spent almost three years there ministering to the youth, establishing a culture of gospel living and accountability, and he eventually grew into the role of Head Pastor.
Then in the summer of 2011, God’s perfect providence brought together a group of people, and after much prayer and seeking the Lord’s will, they decided to plant a new church in Albion, Nebraska. Since the first day they opened their doors, God has been using and growing both Thaddeus as the pastor and the people in this church to spread the glorious news of God’s redemptive plan for fallen man throughout the Albion area.
Thaddeus and Terra got married in December of 2006 and now have five children: Jackson, Kyla, Taylor, Maximus, and Calysa. Thaddeus enjoys playing sports or watching sports.
Duane became an elder at SGBC in March 2015. Duane has always helped serve in many different ways in the church, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he had a desire to pursue the idea of eldership.
Duane grew up going to church his whole life. It wasn’t until 1980, while watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV, that the gospel truly gripped his heart that day. It was then that Duane’s faith grew immensely and his desire to see God’s Word really fleshed out in his life. Duane has a deep desire for the church to stand on God’s Word and to never waver from it or compromise its wonderful truths.
Duane was a part of the very beginnings of SGBC. He again played a big role in serving whatever way possible, leading without being asked. He leads the Saving Grace Youth group (7th - 12th grades) and teaches 6th graders at Saving Grace Kids on Wednesday’s. He continues to grow in his knowledge of the Word and has enjoyed the Lord continuing to shape and mold him into shepherding this church. Duane cherishes the gospel and does a great job at reminding this to the people around him. Duane has been a huge blessing to this church.
Duane and Sharon got married in November of 1991 and have two children: Marcus and Kelsey. Duane enjoys hunting and spending time on his farm.
Sam was raised in a Christian home and grew up going to church, but it was not until attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln that his faith really started to grow and thrive. Throughout his college career he was involved in campus ministry called The Navigators. He was a part of, and also led, men’s Bible studies and discipled others. Sam met his wife Stephanie through their involvement in The Navigators.
After moving back to Belgrade in 2014, God strategically drew Sam and Stephanie to SGBC where they quickly became involved in the church and had a desire to grow with the church body. Sam became an elder at SGBC in the spring of 2018. At Saving Grace, Sam leads others by preaching sermons 1-2 times per year as well as leading men’s Bible studies and working with his fellow elders to strengthen and grow the church, and shepherd over the church body.
Sam and Stephanie were married in August 2012. They live in Belgrade, NE with their son, Simon. Sam works on his family’s cattle ranch, and enjoys riding horses, dancing with Stephanie, taking Simon on ATV rides, and playing and watching sports.