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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 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.
Kevin joined the Grace team in September of 2018 with over 20 years of ministry and musical experience from a variety of roles. During a season as a music producer in Nashville, TN, Kevin earned both Grammy and Dove Award nominations as a songwriter. He has a deep passion for Jesus, the arts, building teams and equipping leaders in the Church!
LARETT DIETRICHPastor of Life Groups and Connections
Larett and her husband, Todd, met as students at the University of Florida and have since stayed in Gainesville to raise their four children. Larett is dedicated to helping people recognize and utilize their talents and abilities. She coordinates small groups where people can connect and grow in their walk with Christ.
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.