Grace Church Staff Members

Associate Pastor of Missions
Ministry Description: Mobilize, encourage, and teach the Grace Church membership to "go into all the world." Develop short term mission trips and long term strategies to penetrate Unreached People Groups, and to care for the Grace missionary family. (Matthew 24:14) Family: Two adult children Hobbies: Piano, organ, computers, and photography Birthday: January 19
Director of Barnabas Disability Ministry
Ministry Description:   Equip and support people from the Grace Church family who desire to come alongside children, teens, adults, and families that are challenged by disability, so they can know the saving grace of Jesus Christ and participate in the ministry of our church. Family: Husband Dale; One daughter, three sons, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren...
Pastor to Students
Ministry Description: Create an environment that is attractive to junior and senior high students because it’s fun, welcoming, and deeply rooted in Christ Jesus. My role is to shepherd this young flock by providing protection, care, and guidance. It is my greatest passion to see young people come to faith in Christ and then to enter this world with an active faith that makes a difference in their...
Administrative Assistant to Children's Ministries
Ministry Description: Assist the Children’s Department with all their administrative needs, along with coordinating the Child Dedications. Family: I am married to Jim and we have 3 children; Brady, Briggs and Livia. Birthday: Dec 22 Faith: I grew up in a Christian home and understood at a young age the ramifications of sin and my need for a Savior. I started to attend Grace in 1984 and have been...
Chairman of the Board of Elders
Ministry Description: Don became a follower of Christ at the age of 7.  He has been a member of Grace Church since 1980. His ministry participation includes: Elder for two terms; College Ministry; Small Group Ministry (Nav 2:7 Series); Counseling Ministry; Parents of Teens; Sunday School teacher 4th & 6th grades; Senior Pastor Search Committee; Men’s Leadership Development Group – small...
Living Grace Bookstore Manager
Ministry Description:  Provide stewardship of the resources that increase the spiritual depth of the congregation and visitors and that connect people with the various ministries of Grace Church – helping to increase the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus (2 Peter 1:2-3).  Family: Wife, Ina Hobbies: Being a guinea pig in my wife’s kitchen laboratory, doing projects together, softball,...
Director of Discipleship
Ministry Description: As a part of Grace Church’s priority to make outrageous efforts to reach and disciple 0-18, I get to love on and reach out to high school girls, come alongside parents and help equip and train our volunteer leaders. My goal is to see young women become lifelong, passion driven Christ followers who have a desire to be a disciple who make disciples, who make disciples, who...
Vice Chairman of the Board of Elders
Grace member since 1981 Family: Married to Janet for 43 years; two adult children How received Christ: While walking home from school when I was eight years old I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to ask Jesus into my heart, which I did.
Secretary of the Board of Elders
Grace member: Since 1996 Family: Married to Marsha for 43 years; four adult children How received Christ: In the summer following my freshman year of college, I became convinced in heart and mind that Jesus Christ is God, that He by grace paid the penalty of death for my sin, and then rose from the dead to live and work in my life.  Believing this, I confessed my sin and need for a Savior,...
Missions and Evangelism Associate
Ministry Description: To support the missions team in the church and around the world. Specifically, to glorify God through local and global evangelistic initiatives including short-term trips, missionary support, church prayer mobilization, invite-culture promotion, Gospel centered events, share-life training, and much more. Family: My wife, Erika Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy spending time...
Administrative Assistant to the Children and Families Ministry
Ministry Description:  Assist all groups that come under the umbrella of the Children’s and Families Ministries with their administrative needs. And to provide support for all the ministry directors in this department. Family: Married for 39 years to Kevin. We have one daughter, one son in law and two granddaughters in the Twin Cities We also have one son, one daughter in law and one...
Pastor to Men
Ministry Description:Coming alongside men in the fight to live out biblical manhood. Family:Wife, Jennie, five kids Hobbies:Chasing my wife and kids (still not close to catching them), coaching anything related to football My Faith:I grew up in a moderately religious home – went to church sometimes, but we never looked at it as a priority.  While in high school, a man involved with CRU High...
Women’s Ministries Assistant
Ministry Description:I am excited to be a part of a ministry that enables women to grow in their spiritual walk through Bible studies and discipleship, training and equipping them to walk by faith. Family: Husband, Jay; A son and daughter-in-law, and two daughters Hobbies: Scrapbooking and family road trips Birthday: November 13 My Faith: I accepted Christ in 1982 during a Sunday morning service...
IT and Creative Director
Ministry Description: Weave emotional and intellectual creativity together to mature our vision of our glorious God, and keep the networks running that facilitate that creativity. Family: Wife, Sarah; four children Hobbies: Music, computers, woodworking, reading Birthday: November 26 - Every once and again on Thanksgiving! My Faith: While the Lord has called me to Himself “since before the...
Senior Pastor
Ministry Description: Shepherding each person who calls Grace their church home to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and to make Him known across the street and around the world.   Family: Married to wife, Cheri, and together we have three children (two daughters and a son) Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, exercising, and following college basketball. Birthday:...
Director of Special Projects
Ministry Description: Formerly an engineer, it has been my privilege to use my gifts in talents in problem solving and business to help out in different ministries within Grace.  I also have a passion for equipping the next generation in the Church, which I have done for 15 years as a volunteer.  Most recently I have assisted OneLess, Student Ministries and The Refuge, which I am also...
Director of OneLess Ministry
Ministry Description:Equip, encourage and mobilize the Grace family to engage in issues of injustice and fatherlessness, affecting children and youth, across the street and around the world. Family:Husband, Jim; one son and three daughters Hobbies:Traveling, reading, fitness, bargain shopping Birthday:June 10 My Faith:I grew up as a pastor's kid and spent a lot of time in church. I always...
Director of Family Ministries and Local Outreach
Ministry Description: To reach more people for the Glory of Christ by providing visionary, creative, and strategic leadership to the church’s local outreach ministries (including 1st Impressions, Next Steps, and Membership) and the creation and development of multisite Grace Church congregations. Family: My wife, Christine, and I have one son and three daughters. Hobbies: In my “free time” I...
Elder
Joshua Eric GavinGrace member since 2008 Family: Married to Kelli for 20 years; two school-aged children How received Christ:I prayed for salvation when I was about four years old, while helping my dad paint my soon-to-be sister’s room. My faith in Christ really began to grow when I was attending Crown College and I committed my life to Him. Through all the trials of this life, I have come to...
Director of Care and Biblical Counseling
Ministry Description:  Managing support groups and volunteers; offering care, counseling, and discipleship support; and providing “triage” care for those who are struggling with a crisis. Family: Husband Tom and four teenagers Hobbies: Spending time with my amazing husband and four great teenagers, cooking, enjoying the outdoors My Faith: I am passionate about helping others find hope...

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