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 Junior High Students
Ministry Description: Create an environment that is attractive to junior 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 homes,...
Elder
Ministry Description: Member of Grace since July 22, 1993; Ministry Participation: Usher Team: 2005 - Present; Cubbies Game Guy: 2003 - 2007; Men's Ministry: Wild at Heart and I61, 2005 - Present Family: Married to wife Julie since 1995; they have three children
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...
Vice Chairman of the 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,...
Discipleship Director
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...
Elder
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.
Elder
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,...
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; one son and a daughter-in-law, and two daughters Family: Husband, Jay; A son and daughter-in-law, and two daughters Hobbies: Scrapbooking and family road trips Birthday:...
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:...
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...
Pastor of Missions and Evangelism
Ministry Description: Provide leadership for various strategic missions and outreach activities and ministries as well as conduct evangelism training seminars Family: Wife, Wendy; five children Hobbies: Sports, reading, and music Birthday: March 8 My Faith: For the first 17 years of my life, I sought answers to life’s two most important questions: “What is my purpose in life?” and “Where will I...
Director of Biblical Counseling
Ministry Description: Making disciples of Jesus Christ and raising up the next generation of Christian leaders. My wife and I work to help members of Grace receive the support, accountability, and nurturing which goes with being a part of the body of Christ.  Our goal is to teach biblical truth in a loving, godly manner and help people diligently apply the truth of scripture to their life....
Elder
Grace member since 2009 Family: Married to Mindy for 13 years; three children  How received Christ:  God sent a Christian coach into my life as a young teen to proclaim the Gospel to me. That night I prayed to accept Christ’s forgiveness and His lead in my life.
Elder
Grace member: Since 1977 Family: Married to Julie for 35 years; four adult children How received Christ:I grew up in a home where we went to church and prayed at meals, but I did not realize that I was a sinner in need of the Savior until my second year in the Army when I accepted Christ. Later in college, I joined a guys’ Bible study where I learned about assurance of my salvation and...
Director of Operations
Ministry Description: Oversee the administrative components of Grace Church in order to help create an atmosphere of excellence in ministry, so that we might continue our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world. Family: Wife, Keisha; one son and one daughter Hobbies: Reading, exercising, golf, playing and listening to music, spending time with...

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