Meet our Pastoral Leadership Team

Senior Pastor

Josh Blevins

Pastor Josh Blevins is the Senior pastor at Grace Church.

Pastor Josh Blevins moved to St. Joseph, MO and joined Grace in February 2021. Josh has pastored at several churches over the past 16 years. Pastor Josh speaks at conferences, hosts the Christians & Culture podcast, and writes. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children.
Executive Pastor of Ministries

Ken Maxey

Ken has been on staff since January of 2000.

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.
Children's Ministry Pastor

Dan Blakely

Dan has been with Grace since 2006. He oversees the children's ministry at Grace.

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.
Executive Pastor of Operations

Chris Olson

Chris has been an Elder at Grace since 2002.

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. As the Executive Pastor Operations he oversees the procedures at Grace. He and his wife Pam have four grown children and nine grandchildren.
Pastor of Finances

Rick Lipira

Rick served as an Elder at Grace for many years and owned and operated a local construction business for over 30 years.

Rick served as an Elder at Grace for many years and owned and operated a local construction business for over 30 years. In January 2020 Rick joined the staff at Grace as the Executive Pastor Finance. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance from Missouri Western State University. Rick and his wife Carrie have four children and six grandchildren.

Meet our Elders

Elder

Tony Bryan

Tony has been an elder at Grace since 2011 and is currently overseeing the ministry of prayer.

Tony has been an elder at Grace since 2011 and is currently overseeing the ministry of prayer. He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology and sociology from Northwest Missouri State University. Tony and his wife Joan are blessed with three married children and three grandchildren. He currently works at UPS.
Elder

Tom Richmond

Elder

Joe Huber

Elder

Frank Stanley

Elder

Ted Myers