From Your Elders – December 2023 Update

Getting to Know Your Elders

Each month a different elder sends a brief message on behalf of the board of elders to share updates on some of the work we are doing and to invite you to get to know us a little better.

Aaron Kirtley
Aaron Kirtley, Elder

A Little About Me – Aaron Kirtley: Advent and Christmas are among my favorite times of year, and I particularly enjoy celebrating it with our church family.  It was a joy to see so many of you at our recent caroling service! This time of year highlights the ways the Lord designed us to experience the fullness of His hope, peace, joy, and love in community.

My family lives in Chapel Hill, and we started attending CHBC about 6 years ago.  Our four children, ages 10-17, have been richly blessed through the kids’  and youth ministries, and we are thankful for many of you who have served in those ministries. 

I currently work for a large IT services company as Operations Director for their corporation real estate organization. Outside of work and church, I enjoy exercising with friends (especially through an organization called F3), playing tennis and pickleball, eating almost any kind of international food, reading, and hosting gatherings at our house with my wonderful wife Michelle.  


In addition to meeting to pray monthly, the Elders have been working with the Deacons on proposed bylaw changes and updates to the Employee Handbook.  Many of these changes are responsive to recommendations from consultants we hired over the past several years.

We have also been working to operationalize the parish model and get to know more of our parish members, including through hosting some parish events this past fall. 

In the new year, we will be reviewing board policies under our new board structure and strategies to help accomplish our “Ends” (the policy governance term for multi-year goals). 

We would appreciate your prayers for these efforts, as we need the Lord’s wisdom to develop systems and policies that will help us shepherd and care for all of you well. We would also love to know ways we can be praying for you and those you are sharing the Gospel with. We spend a good portion of our meetings praying for specific needs in our body and would welcome the opportunity to pray for you, too.

Aaron Kirtley