Grace Church Memphis
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Elders

Our spiritual leaders

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Our elders work together to shepherd the flock entrusted to their care.

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Hunter Coy

Elder — Spreading lasting Joy by church planting

In college the LORD renewed Hunter’s heart & opened his eyes to see & enjoy the greatness of Jesus in all of life. He & Sara have been married since 2011, with 3 sons and 1 daughter. Hunter shepherds the flock through soul-care, and helps shape our church planting vision.

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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.

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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.

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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 five daughters. Bryan is a pastor-teacher at Grace overseeing GraceKids and financial stewardship.

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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.

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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.