Elders are responsible for assisting the Pastor in teaching, praying for the church body and shepherding the flock in spiritual matters. In addition, Elders assist the Pastor in the administration of communion and baptism, visit the sick and distressed members of the church, as well as interview applicants for church membership and welcome new members into the congregation.

Qualifications for Elders are outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9


Barry Lloyd

Barry serves as a groundsmen at Jenness Park Christian Camp.  He has served at Jenness since 2006, with roles in guest services, directing, and grounds.  He and his wife Jennifer have been attending Twain Harte Bible Church since 2006.  Their daughters grew up at Twain Harte Bible and are now pursuing their degrees in different states.  Barry enjoys backpacking and jumping into alpine lakes.

Nate Howard

Nate has been an IT Manager in Modesto since 2000. He has served on the sound team at multiple churches since he was a teenager. Nate and his wife, Drenda, have been attending Twain Harte Bible Church since they moved to the area in 2015. They have 4 adult daughters who are pursuing their lives outside Tuolumne County. Nate enjoys square dancing and wishes he had more time for fishing and golf.

Noel Rathmel

Noel came to us after serving as a youth director, and graduating from Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, Arizona.  He especially enjoys working with teens and seeing them make life-changing decisions for Christ. His goal is to bring them to a realization that their relationship with Christ must be their own and must be growing. Twelve years ago God blessed him with a beautiful wife, Jasmine, and they have three sons Bryce, Mason and Isaiah. He enjoys coaching activities at Twain Harte Elementary as well as, playing sports and being outdoors hunting and fishing with his family. Noel desire is to bring God glory is he teaches, leads, and loves others as an Elder at Twain Harte Bible Church.

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As a congregation, we are blessed to have men of such good moral and godly standards serving in this capacity, and thank the Lord for each of them.


Deacons are responsible for ministering to the practical needs within the Church. This includes meeting both the needs of members of the church body as well as overseeing the physical maintenance of the buildings and property.

Qualifications for Deacon are outlined primarily in Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13

Paul Doty

Paul was born in Oakland, California and moved to this area in 1997 to work, live, and play.

Paul and his wife began attending Twain Harte Bible Church in 2011. Pastor Matt baptized him in 2013.

Paul is grateful to serve as deacon in any way he can.

Jeremiah Holquin

I grew up in Lake Isabella, CA.  I moved to the central coast in 98′ where I met my beautiful wife, Sarah, in 2010.  We were married in 2011 and now have 2 incredible daughters, Gracyn and Hallie.   We moved to Sonora to be closer to the mountains.   I was raised in the church and I don’t remember a time when God wasn’t with me.  We found THBC within a few months of moving here and we loved it from the first visit.  I am honored to be able to serve and fellowship with the people of THBC.

Paul Karpus

I grew up in Pleasanton, Ca and moved to Sonora for school at Columbia College.  I met my wife there and have since married and have two kids.  I love the mountains and the rivers this area has which is why we call it home.  THBC has become a place to raise my family and I want to help meet the needs of the church and help it grow.  

Larry Luis

Larry lived and worked in Stockton, California for much of his life. He would always head to the mountains in his spare time.  Recently retired, he now lives here full-time, having been blessed with a “Hill House”.  He loves waking up to God’s beauty every day.

Twain Harte Bible Church has been part of Larry’s life for many years. He came to know our Lord, was baptized and accepted Jesus as his Savior here. He continues to learn God’s Word and serve Him wherever he feels directed.

Randy Waugh

Twain Harte Bible Church

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