God saved me that summer at R.A. camp when a missionary couple from Argentina came in and shared their story. They had joy, peace, adventure, but above all they had the Gospel and I was being drawn into it. That night I prayed with Norman and repented of my sins and asked Jesus to be Lord over my life and the next summer at the same camp I felt called to ministry. God continued to refine that calling in me through the rest of high school.
I went to college at East Texas Baptist University where I grew in my knowledge and love of the scripture and further gained a passion for the local church. I was transforming in leaps and bounds and devouring every piece of church planting content I could find. I came alive under great bible teaching and under the vision of the church as an unstoppable force.
I moved to Pullman Washington in October of 2006 to help plant and pastor Resonate Church. Amy and I were married in June of 2007, and we’ve been married 14 years and have 3 daughters. Girl dad life is the best.
For the last 15 years I served as a pastor of Resonate, a church focused on reaching college students in the Northwest. Over that time we saw God move in mighty ways leading us to baptize over 1,000 students and plant 14 churches. It was the joy of my life working beneath the favor of God and among my best friends at Resonate. I miss it dearly, but Amy and I are confident God was releasing us to pursue a new work at Grace Church. God has confirmed that so many times and in so many ways already. We’re humbled to be here leading alongside an incredible team and serving a prayerful and resilient church.
Over the years, my passion for the local church has never waned. Being a pastor is brutal at times, but I’m as committed as ever to the truth that disciple making in the context of the local church is God’s strategy to reach the world. My prayer is that God allows our background and experience to lead Grace Church towards the church God designed her to be.
I oversee & lead all of our outreach ministries, both locally & globally. I also oversee church finances and am one of the teaching pastors.
I am an MMA enthusiast and love most action sports. I also love to travel and have led teams to countries like Haiti, Malawi, Peru, Japan, Mexico, Guatemala & Thailand. You will often find me at the best coffee shops in San Diego reading a leather bound book, meeting with people, or working.
I am the Connect Pastor, overseeing all groups for Grace Church. I am also one of the teaching pastors. My main passion is seeing people fall in love with Jesus and become leaders for the Kingdom of God.
I have a Bachelors in Economics from UCSD, Master in Divinity from Bethel Seminary, and am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis in Youth, Family, and Culture from Fuller Theological Seminary.
I love to go on date nights with Desiree, be outdoors as a surfer, snowboarder, or hiker, play at the park with my kids, or watch my kids play sports. I love to read, watch Netflix and travel the world.
Chelsea oversees communication through email, social media, announcements, and much more each week. Chelsea is passionate about telling Grace's story, connecting with people and helping them encounter God as they build community. Chelsea is also passionate about raising up volunteer leaders to use the giftings God has given them in these areas.
Chelsea is newly married, has played soccer for 14+ years and loves to kick box. One of her favorite places she’s visited so far is Banff, Canada.You will often see Chelsea holding a very cute baby…it’s not hers.
Here are some fun facts about me!
If I wasn’t a Youth Director, I’d probably be . . . A marine biologist studying orcas in the wild! My favorite part about my job is being a part of creating a safe place for students to be in community with each other and feel the love of Jesus! I didn’t grow up with a youth group, so it’s the most amazing thing to watch them build relationships with each other, grow in their faith, and feel safe asking the tough questions! I used to competitively figure skate for about 12 years! My happy place is anywhere by the ocean! 🙂
I oversee how the story of Grace Church is told via sermon series videos, announcements and all forms of digital & printed media. My team’s number one mission is to make much of God and highlight what He continually does through the lives of the people who call Grace Church home.
When not at Grace, you'll probably find me in my garden. I love being outside and watching and interacting with nature. Spending time with my family is my number one priority, but eating Mexican food and my garden growing salsa comes in as a close second.
Here are some fun facts about me!
If I wasn’t a Children’s Director, I’d probably be a . . . teacher. I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s in elementary education. I don’t think I would do anything else that didn’t involve children and families. My favorite moments are Christmas time at church, especially in kids’ ministry. The kids are extra excited and the atmosphere is filled with happiness. I love hound dogs. Bloodhounds, Bassets, and all kinds.
I am the Office Administrator and I serve the staff and church through daily administration of the office and property here at Grace. If you call the church or visit the church it's me you will most likely encounter first. You will be greeted with a friendly voice or smile and an unchanging desire to meet and serve the families and people of Grace.
I love spending time with friends, cooking and gardening. My dream for my retirement years is to have a little café where I could marry all of those things.
I have attended Grace since I was two years old. I started working in Admin, then Youth for years, and am now reaching college students at Grace and on campuses in the area. I love creating relationships with people and pursuing them with the love of Jesus.
I am stoked to get to know and help build stronger community at Grace in this age group. I love doing date nights, hanging with family and friends, and when I have a minute away from the kiddos, getting in the water for a nice surf session.
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