The Merrywhether Farm Team

 

Lead Ministers:

Scott and Victoria Gentry are the lead ministers of Merrywhether Farm and have been married since 1999.  In that time, God has blessed them with a deep love for Him and for each other.  Together, they have lived in both Colorado and Michigan.  They each count it as a real joy to be able to serve Christ, together, for His kingdom.

Scott holds a BS in Business Management from Metropolitan State College of Denver and an MBA in Operations from Regis University.  After 15 years in Logistics and Supply chain management, Scott left his career to serve Jesus Christ. Scott has a passion for feeding the homeless, sharing the word of God, and pugs.

Victoria holds a BS in Business from the University of Colorado at Denver and a BM in Vocal Performance from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has participated in philanthropic activities, singing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities to bring the joy of music to the elderly. In Michigan, Victoria was the Director of Music at Monroe Christian Church for seven years, leading a group of musicians of different experience levels, partnering with local organizations for Christmas pageants, and singing solos at other area churches. She was the first soprano and a soloist in Musica Antigua in Toledo for several years, and is the lead soprano and acoustic guitarist at an Outreach Center in Toledo. After having taken a several year sabbatical from music to recover from bilateral vocal cord paresis, she has begun a new chapter in her music career, speaking about her experience, God’s miraculous healing, and the hard work needed to sing again.She is currently using her musical talents to sing for God through her Music Ministry, as well as at Citylight Church in Toledo. Victoria has passion to minister to the needy, especially through song.

For more information on Victoria’s music ministry, go to https://victoriagentrymusic.com/

Elder Overseers:

Merrywhether Farm is a ministry and is subject to Elder Overseers as defined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Matt Perman summarizes elders and their responsibility as follows: “Elders lead [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14;Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the the believers that support this [ministry]”

Elders:

Rev. Dewayne Braxton is an Elder Overseer of Merrywhether Farm. Rev. Braxton was sent by God to cover the congregants of New United located at 701 Phillips Avenue in Toledo Ohio; where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor.  He currently serves his community as the Chaplain of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Toledo Fire Department Chaplain, and as a Mental Health Professional at Toledo Hospital. Through wisdom, compassion, and professionalism Pastor Braxton also uses his specialized counseling skills to provide free pastoral counseling to the community. Rev. Braxton is a man who loves his family and loves God’s People. He loves the word of God and helping others understand the need for Christ in their lives. He is honored and humbled to serve anyone in need. He lives by the motto, “Be Faithful Over A Few Things and The Lord Will Make You Ruler Over Many.”

Pastor DeWayne Braxton is married to the beautiful and sweet spirited Elect Lady Starlet
Braxton and they are blessed with three children and two grandchildren.

As permitted, we will post information about our other  elder overseers.

1 Timothy 3:1-7

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.