Grace Church Staff Leadership
While there are many individuals who serve with Grace Church and help fulfill our mission, the following are those who are currently a part of our leadership in a staff role.
Joe is a native of Columbus, OH, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (2017), and was appointed to Grace Church in July, 2020. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University (2001) and Ashland Theological Seminary (2015), has an extensive background in prison, youth and young adult ministry, and has served as Spiritual Director for Emmaus, Kairos and Chrysalis communities. His wife, Tina, serves as Senior Pastor of nearby Fletcher UMC; they have a marvelous five-year old daughter, Lydia.
Joe is deeply passionate about evangelism (sharing the good news of Jesus with people who don't yet know Him), preaching and teaching, and most enjoys talking about the Bible, cooking, history, or his beloved Steelers and Buckeyes, painting and reading, or spending time with his wife and daughter.
Kelly and his wife Twilah have been a part of Grace Church since 2017, with Kelly being licensed as a local pastor and joining staff in 2020. The Lees will say that it was the love they felt as soon as they walked through the door that drew them to Grace Church in the first place - and kept them there.
While helping people get to know who God created them to be is his passion, Kelly also enjoys frequenting a golf course when he's able and spending quality time with Twilah, their daughters, and their grandchildren.
Worship Arts Coordinator (Interim)
Steffanie joined the Grace Church staff in March of 2022 and assists with the organization of teams who plan and lead our worship experiences. Steffanie has served local churches of all sizes, loves team-building and setting people loose to worship God fully and freely.
Church Ministries Coordinator
Dakota came onto the Grace Church staff in January 0f 2022 and makes sure everyone's on the same page at the same time - someone has to keep us in line! She hails from New York by way of Florida, thinks .5" of Ohio snow constitutes an emergency, cooks Italian food and - along with her husband, Dylan - joined Grace Church as a member on Easter Sunday, 2022.
Judy has been a member of Grace Church since 1976 and a part of the staff since 2016. Being a proud alum of Wright State University, she spent 43 additional years at that fine institution before retiring in 2014.
As a lifelong learner, Judy enjoys connecting with others who call Grace Church home and appreciates the many opportunities there are for study and discussion through small groups. She is also passionate about family, reading, flower gardening, and jewelry making.
Grace Church could not operate without Darrell! Granted, Darrell's care for our physical facility and grounds is second-to-none, but even that is surpassed by his love for Jesus, his family, our church and community.
If you walk past a smiling man exuding peace, joy and wearing a winsome, welcoming smile, you'll have seen Darrell. (Just forgive him for being a Browns fan.)