This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Edward is married to Mary Lou Hester Riner. They have been married for 40 years. They have 2 children, Junior and Wendell. Junior is married to Laura Layne Riner. Edward and Mary Lou have 2 grandchildren, TJ and Tori, son and daughter of Junior and Laura.
Edward’s hobbies are watching TJ play baseball and Tori play soccer. He enjoys raising a garden and working on the family farm raising cattle. He also enjoys retirement!
Edward has been a Christian for 30 years.
Edward’s favorite verse in the Bible is I Thessalonians 5:22, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Edward says “This is something all of us young and old alike, have to ever be on guard for, evil is everywhere.”
Edward would like for everyone to know that he has enjoyed being a part of Spring Valley over the years. He has made many friends that are like family to him. He hopes we can all remain united in the faith until judgment day so we can all be together forever. Edward would like to thank the Spring Valley congregation for allowing him the privilege to serve as a deacon from December, 24, 1986 until October 13, 1991. He also would like to thank the congregation for the opportunity he has now to serve as an elder.