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RICK THOMPSONLead Pastor
Rick and his wife, Lara, have been in Gainesville since 2007 when Rick served as Associate Pastor until 2012, when he became Lead Pastor of Grace Church. Through Lara’s worship dance ministry and Rick’s passion for preaching, teaching and making disciples, they love connecting people with Jesus and helping them develop as followers of Christ impacting the world, starting with their seven children.
LEVI LOWRYAssistant Pastor
Levi has held a variety of ministry positions; he spent the first nine years in youth ministry, followed by seven years as a Lead Pastor of a church plant outside of Dallas, TX. He became the Assistant Pastor of Grace in June of 2016
JOSH WICKERWorship Pastor
Josh Wicker is a husband, father and follower of Christ. As a worship leader and songwriter he has had the privilege of using his talents over the years to point people to Jesus around the world. On any given day you will find Josh stealing hugs and kisses from his daughter, Brooklynn and son Grayson, cuddling with his baby boy Hudson and enjoying the sweet gift of time with his wife Allison.
JORDAN FULLERMedia & Communications
Jordan grew up leading worship in several venues in and around his home state of Kentucky. He grew up the son of a part-time Pastor and full-time Worship Leader. At age 19 Jordan was signed to a Christian Record Label and toured nationally playing Christian Music. He has an extensive background in marketing, design, social media and advertising.
HOLLY ERSKINEChildren and Family Ministries
Holly began her journey in ministry right after high school, serving as the summer youth intern at her church for 6 years before hearing God’s calling to full time ministry. Prior to joining the Grace family, Holly was the full time Youth and Children’s Minister for 10 years at FUMC High Springs
KATHY STRICKLANDLead Pastor Assistant / Church Business Administrator
Kathy was born and raised here in Gainesville and has been a member of Grace since 2005. She previously worked in the Health and Life Insurance Group Benefit Industry before joining the Grace team in 2010.
SUSAN HACKAssistant Pastor's Assistant and Bookkeeping
BARBARA HURTNursery Director
Ms. Barb has been attending Grace for 9 years. She has 3 daughters, and 6 grandchildren. She was a director of a Christian Educational Preschool, for 33 years before coming to Grace. The passion she has for caring for the children of this Church and teaching them about God is what makes her excited about her time here at Grace.
RAY MERRILLFacilities Director
CINDY EISENSCHENKLife Groups Coordinator
Cindy and her Family have been a part of the Grace family since 1999. One of Cindy’s passions is connecting with people and connecting others in relationships. Being involved in life groups at Grace has been vital to Cindy’s personal growth. She values the community, compassion, love, learning, and accountability that comes with being part of a small group.
CHRISTA TARANTINOMissions Coordinator
Christa was born and raise in South Florida and moved to Gainesville to attend UF five years ago. She graduated in May as a double major with degrees in Psychology and Criminology. She recently spent the summer in Ghana where her heart for missions and the unreached was stirred even deeper. Christa says she has always felt pulled towards ministry and is looking forward to her future here at Grace.