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Elder is an English translation of the Koine Greek word presbuteros found in various places in the New Testament.
In some Christian traditions (Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Methodism, etc.) an elder is a clergy person who usually serves a local church or churches and who has been ordained to a ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Order, filling the preaching and pastoral offices. In other Christian traditions (Presbyterianism, the Baptists, etc.), an elder is a lay person charged with serving as an administrator in a local church.