Our Team2019-10-03T16:37:49-04:00

Our Team

Meet the leadership team at Grace at Fort Clarke!

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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
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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 BRUCHERTWorship Arts Pastor
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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!

HOLLY ERSKINEPastor of Connectional and Family Ministries
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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

MEAGAN HELMSNursery Director & Front Office Reception
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KATHY STRICKLANDLead Pastor Assistant / Church Business Administrator
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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.

RAY MERRILLFacilities Director
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