In the early church, the office of “deacon” was established to assist the apostles with the distribution food to needy widows (Acts 6). This allowed the leaders to focus their time and attention on prayer and the ministry of the word. It was then that the church experienced dramatic growth. The first deacons were chosen because they were known to be “full of the Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). Some of these men went on to become powerful evangelists, indicating the quality of persons chosen by the church for this role.  
 
Other spiritual qualifications are listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-12: “Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.  A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.”
The Deacons of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church are responsible for preparing our church facility for smooth and efficient program flow. This involves a variety of activities such as setup of the audio system, organizing pew contents, setting up greeting tables & canopies, posting special program announcement posters, organizing weekly service leaflets, setting up for our fellowship breakfast and lunch, preparation for baptisms, communion, security control and much more.
Our ministry also extends itself to greeting and assisting attendees, so they are directed to where they need to go and seeking out friends or relatives they may be looking for as well. Additionally, we help with traffic control and assist other ministry leaders and their teams with their needs. Occasionally we are called upon to minister people through visitation and assistance with personal matters as may arise.
Our Head Deacon oversees the entire church campus, its maintenance, landscaping, and security, as well as, serving as our Risk Management Officer.
Gabe Videla, Head Deacon: gabevidela@aol.com, cell (323) 356-8960