Our elders work together to shepherd the flock entrusted to their care.
Rick Cupples :: Pastor to pastors, Prayer, and Christ-Centerdness
Rick has been walking with Jesus for many years, having come to faith as a young man. Rick is a wonderful example of godliness to the flock. Rick’s primary areas of spiritual oversight include caring for the souls of the pastors, prayer, and infusing Christ-centeredness in each of the ministries of Grace.
Matt Nash :: Discipleship & Counseling
Matt came to Christ in college, and has been a member of Grace since 2009, where he met and married his wife, Cassie. They have two daughters. Matt’s passions are knowing God through His Word and helping others know and follow and Jesus, also. He oversees Grace’s spiritual formation ministries, as well as helping care for special needs in the body.
Nathan Sawyer :: Global Missions, Grace Groups, Member Care, and Pastoral Internship and Residency
God opened Nathan’s heart to trust Jesus at an early age. He has been married to April since 2002, and they have one daughter and one son. In addition to shepherding the flock with the other elders, Nathan is a pastor-teacher at Grace overseeing global missions, Grace Groups, member care, and the church’s pastoral internship and residency.
Bryan Smith :: GraceKids, and Stewardship
After studying in a bible college and preaching the gospel for several years, God graciously brought Bryan under deep conviction and opened his heart to believe the gospel. Bryan has been a husband to Angie since 2000, and is the father to one son and four daughters. Bryan is a pastor-teacher at Grace overseeing GraceKids and financial stewardship.
Jim Suggs :: Worship Ministries and Elder Chair
Jim was converted in college through the ministry of a disciple-maker the Lord brought into his life. He is married to Brandy, and they have six children: three daughters, three sons. In addition to serving as a shepherd to the flock, Jim oversees worship ministries and serves as the chairman of the elder council.
Jordan Thomas :: Lead Preaching Pastor
God opened Jordan’s heart to believe the gospel during his freshman year of college. He has been preaching the gospel since 1997, is husband to Tracy, and has six children—four daughters and two sons. While serving with the other elders to provide soul-care to the flock, Jordan is a pastor-teacher at Grace overseeing vision and spiritual leadership.