Adam has been a part of the church for 9 years. He has been on the Polity Team, the Advisory Board, and he was previously the Deacon of Fellowship Groups. He has also served with the First Impressions Team, the Announcement Team and he is currently a teacher for the Children's Ministry and Adult Sunday School classes.
Adam said he is in awe of God's mercy to Saving Grace Church in spite of our many failings both as individuals and as a church. He said he has seen His mercy evident as we have walked through so much together and although it hasn't been easy, it has been worth it as we keep our eyes on Christ.
When asked why he wanted to be a member of the Pastoral Search Team, Adam said, "I've been able to serve in many different capacities in the church and I've been involved in many hiring processes throughout my professional career, so I thought God had given me experiences which have built a perspective that would be helpful in the hiring process. Not to mention, I love this church!"
Andrew first started attending this church in March of 2014. Since then he has mostly been involved with the Mercy Ministry, as well as the Adult Sunday School classes and various other activities throughout the year.
Andrew said he is excited to see Saving Grace Church grow in the area of communication. He has been glad to see people not satisfied with the status quo striving for true spiritual growth and attentiveness to the Holy Spirit's leading.
When asked why he wanted to be a member of the Pastoral Search Team, Andrew said, "First and foremost, my desire for being on the Pastoral Search Team stems from my commitment to Saving Grace Church and a desire to see the church thrive. I believe the selection of a pastor will be a critical step. I also feel that I am able to contribute in practical ways to the function of the team during this process, which I know will take time and energy."
Andrew has been a part of the church his whole life, 33 years! He has been a teacher in Kids' Cove for over 15 years, he has served as a Team Leader and Leadership Team member for Youth Camp, and he has been a Fellowship Group leader for 4 years.
Andrew says he is excited to see the Lord bringing us all together and calling us to serve Him more.
When asked why he wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Andrew said, "I think this pastor can have a huge impact on the future of our church. As someone who has been in the church my entire life and grown up in the church, I feel I can give a unique perspective to the group."
Ben has been a part of Saving Grace Church for over 30 years. He has been involved in Middle school/High school/College ministries as a student and as a leader, he was a small group leader, and he was previously the Children's Ministry Director/Deacon.
Ben is excited to see that God has been sharpening and growing our church over the past 5 years. He believes a lot of good changes have happened in our church in this time.
When asked why he wanted to be a member of the Pastoral Search Team, Ben said, "The new staff pastor could have a profound influence on our church for the next few decades. I wanted to offer my help to find the right one."
Bonnie has been a part of the church since 1989. She has been involved in the Prayer Team, the Steps to Freedom study, and the Evangelism and Discipleship class.
Bonnie said she is excited to see the Lord bringing in new individuals and families to Saving Grace Church. She looks forward to seeing how the Lord will use us to bring those yet to come into the Kingdom as we rely on His power and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
When asked why she wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Bonnie said, "It's an honor, privilege and responsibility to represent the church in helping to choose a pastor—a position I don’t take lightly. I believe some of my gifting and life experience can be helpful in this regard."
Cynthia has been at the church since its beginning, over 35-40 years. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry, Worship Team, Prayer Team, Women’s Ministry, Jail, Rehab & Counseling Ministry and many others over the years.
Cynthia believes that the Lord has and is doing a a tremendous shaking, healing and restoration in Saving Grace Church, making His church more like Himself. She is most excited to see us move out into a dying world, making disciples.
When asked why she wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Cynthia said, "It’s exciting to be part of a team, very uniquely different yet unified in seeking another pastor who will speak the truth of God’s Word, care for His people and be committed to loving the lost."
Ed has been a part of Saving Grace Church for over 20 years. He has been a Fellowship Group Leader, an Advisory Board Member and an Usher. He has also served as a member of the Mercy Ministries Team and has helped with Bereavement Meals.
Ed says he is excited to see growth as new people are joining and the spirit is moving at Saving Grace Church.
When asked why he would like to be a member of the Pastoral Search Team, Ed said, "My first inclination was to not be a member, but I felt the Holy Spirit prodding me to offer my services as frail as they may be."
Erik has been a part of Saving Grace Church since 2001. He has helped with Campus Ministry (REC), Christianity Explored classes, Kids' Cove, Financial Team, and he is currently helping with Transform.
Erik is excited to see God refining our church in our Theology, spreading out the labor and involvement among more individuals, and deepening relationships in the church creating a stronger church community.
When asked why he wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Erik said, "I wanted to be a part of the team so I could have the opportunity to help set the parameters and priorities for this process. I initially hesitated to enter my name, because I was afraid I desired the opportunity too much. After being approached by several people who thought I should seriously consider it and after much prayer and discussion, I obviously came to feel more comfortable about my motivations. It is a huge benefit being only one of many, and not having to worry about being wrong about any particular facet, because each of us are trusting the Lord to guide us as a group into unanimity on every important decision."
Joe has been a part of the church for 22 years. Over the years he has taught in the Children's Ministry, led the Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry, he has been a small group leader and a Youth Camp Team Leader. Since joining the staff as a pastor, he has had the opportunity to serve in a number of different roles, getting to know many of the members from whom, he says, he has learned a ton.
Joe is most excited to see the Lord awakening the church to its primary mission: to love one another, reach the lost and make disciples. He is extremely encouraged to see so many church members use their gifts and abilities to serve the Lord.
When asked about being a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Joe said, "As we plan and look to the future, I believe God wants to build a strong team for the long haul of both vocational and non-vocational pastors to help build up and care for the church and to make a greater impact on our community. I want to be part of the process of discovering who God has for this position."
Kathie has been a part of Saving Grace Church since 1990 and has been involved in a number of ways over the years. She has worked in the office since 1993 and currently serves on the Financial Team, Women’s Ministry Planning Team, Mercy Ministry Team and helps at the Connect Center on Sunday morning.
Kathie said she is excited seeing the Lord's continued faithfulness to His people in Saving Grace Church. She's also pretty excited about the Potluck and Prayer events!
When asked why she wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Kathie said, "I love the people in this church. If there is any way I can serve this team and this church, I want to do that. Please be praying for all aspects of this search."
Patty has been a regular attender of the church since its very first meeting in 1980. She has been involved in many ways over the years. She has taught in Children's Ministry, led the homeschool co-op and care groups with her husband Andrew, and she has helped with Event Planning, Women's Ministry, Youth Camp and much more. She is currently a member of the Worship Team and the Prayer Team.
Patty is excited that Saving Grace Church has moved into a period of healing and restrengthening by the power of the Holy Spirit and she believes great things are in our future.
When asked why she wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Patty said, "As a long term member I wanted to be part of the new changes that are coming and the new ways that we are doing things. Recently doors have opened for women to be included in processes that previously weren't available to us. I wanted to support the pastors in this decision by being actively involved."
Steve and his wife Lynne started attending the church in 1993 when it was Lord of Life Church. He said, "We had one pastor, 75 people, and 1253 children, and gosh-darn it, we liked it that way!" Steve has almost always been a part of the Worship Team as well as various Tech Teams and he has served as a small group leader.
Steve is excited to see the Lord bringing us back to what it means to be a church - to be a people who love Him, serve Him and serve each other with all of our hearts, much joy and abounding grace.
When asked why he wanted to be a part of the Pastoral Search Team, Steve said, "I've known pastors that I would follow to the ends of the earth. I've also known pastors who, for all their seminary training and years in the pulpit, truly did not understand how to be a shepherd. Before we came here, my family and I were suffocating under poor leadership, and this church was a breath of fresh air. The Gospels tell us that when Jesus looked over the crowds following him, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited, like sheep without a shepherd. We *need* godly men who are willing to lay down their lives for God's people.