Following the Bible's model and pattern for the qualifications and service of deacons, we have a small group of men, along with their wives, that assist the pastor in caring for the needs of the people of the church.  It is the pastor's main responsibilities to pray, prepare, and preach God's Word.  The office of a deacon is not viewed as a position of authority, but rather a position of service.  The deacons are to serve the people in any way needed, as an extension of the pastor's office.  They visit the shut-ins and the hospitalized, tend to the needs of church's widows, and are the first in availability for any work, ministry, or service at Grace Baptist Church.   Without biblical deacons, the local New Testament Church would fail to meet God's standards in its efforts of ministry.  Thank God for the deacons of Grace Baptist Church!