• Pastor darrell jones

    Senior pastor

    Darrell has been on staff since July 1, 1986. He was the Youth and Worship Pastor at Grace until June 1, 1997 when he assumed the role of Senior Pastor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Missouri Western State University, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He and his wife Tammie have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.


  • Pastor Ken Maxey

    executive pastor connections

    Ken has been on staff since January of 2000. Ken oversees Adult Education, Discipleship and young families. He holds three Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Vennard Bible College and William Penn College in the areas of Bible, Youth Ministry, and Secondary Education. Ken and his wife Sara have four sons.


  • Pastor Dan Blakely

    Children's Ministry

    Dan has been with Grace since 2006. He oversees the children's ministry at Grace. He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology and Sociology from Missouri Western State University. Prior to Grace Dan worked for the Department of Mental Health and the State School System. He and his wife Kimberly have three children.


  • Pastor Chris Olson

    executive pastor operations

    Chris has been an Elder at Grace since 2002. During that time he oversaw various ministry positions. After 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service he joined our Pastoral staff in 2009. He oversees all financial aspects at Grace. He and his wife Pam have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


  • Pastor rick lipira

    Executive pastor finance

  • Pastor Nick Pierce

    Youth Ministry

    Nick has been on staff since October 2014. He serves as the Youth Pastor for middle school and high school age children. Before coming on staff he was involved in youth ministry for 5 years and was a pediatric nurse for 7 years. He holds an A.A. in Youth Ministry from Calvary Bible College, a B.S. in Advanced Biblical Studies from Calvary University and a M.A. in Theology from Veritas International University. He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Christian Apologetics through Veritas International University. He and his wife Ashley have four children. 


  • Sean Killin

    College Ministry Director

    Sean has been on staff since December 2014.  Sean oversees Renewal, our ministry for anyone ages 18 to 30(ish). Sean is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. Sean and his wife, Hannah, have a son.


  • Steven Weese

    Children's Ministry Assistant

    Steven began working in Children's Ministry in 2007. He graduated from Missouri Western with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in December 2017.  He loves working with students and being a positive role model for them. While working in Children's Ministry, he is also a first-grade teacher at Mid-Buchanan Elementary. Steven began attending Grace in 2004


  • Phil Magana

    Worship Director

    Phil has been involved with worship at Grace for more than 10 years. In June of 2010 he took the position of Worship Director and oversees the worship ministry in the church. Phil is a retired school teacher has a genuine heart to worship the Father and lead others in worship. He and his wife Cheri have two children.


  • Michael Dycus

    Worship leader

    Michael has attended Grace since he was 16 years old. He served as an intern to the College Ministry in 2015 and 2016 and joined the staff as a College Ministry Assistant in 2018. In 2019 he began leading worship for the Youth and College Ministries and in 2020 he became a Worship Leader.


  • Jeremy Sharp

    Media Director

    Jeremy is the media director for the church.  Within the church he maintains the website, graphic design, and leads the video crews for Sunday mornings. He and his wife Cheyenne have seven children and nine grandchildren.


  • Dyann Duncan

    Event Planning and Facility Director/

    Women's Ministry Director

    Dyann has been on staff at Grace since 2008. She is the Event Planner/Facility Director and is the Women's Ministry Director. She holds a Bachelors degree from Missouri Baptist University in Communication Arts and was previously a youth pastor in Savannah, MO. She and her husband Jason have three children.


  • Gary Reynolds

    Maintenance Director

    Gary has been with Grace since 2010. He oversees the maintenance of the facility, grounds and church property. Gary is also the director of the Missions Board. Before coming to Grace he owned and operated his own business. He and his wife Judy have nine children and 10 grandchildren. 


  • Becky Shellito

    administrative secretary

    Becky started as an office volunteer when the church was founded in 1984. She joined the staff as part-time Church Secretary in January of 1986. She oversees the church's office staff, synchronizes calendars, performs HR duties and maintains official records. She attended Missouri Western State University. Becky and her husband Steve raised three children and have one grandson.


  • Joyce Croner

    Finance Secretary

    Joyce joined the staff in 2002 as the church Finance Secretary. She works with the finance committee, handles accounts payable and enters contributions. Prior to joining the staff she retired from a career in banking after 36 years. She and her husband D.L. have two daughters, four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.


  • Susan Hall

    Office Manager

    Susan has been on staff with Grace since August 2015. Susan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Western State University and has over 17 years of office experience. Susan and her husband, Terry, have two sons and one grandchild.


  • Sherri Wright


    Sherri joined the Grace Evangelical Church staff in May of 2019. Sherri has four years of church office experience and over twenty years of other office and banking experience. Sherri and her husband Marty have two children.