Chris grew up with a loving family and in a moral home, but despite his upbringing, he was a sinner in need of grace. In his sophomore year of college, Chris yielded his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2000.
They were founding members of East Valley Bible Church Tempe (now Grace Bible Church in Tempe, AZ). The following year, Chris joined the staff as Worship Leader and was growing with a desire to pursue pastoral ministry. It was through a growing friendship with Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert that God presented the opportunity.
Chris and Tara relocated in 2003-2004 for training at the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and they returned to serve at Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert. While ministering there, God further strengthened a desire in Chris’ heart to see another church planted. After years of conversations and prayers with the pastors of Sovereign Grace Church, the planting team of Grace Church began to form.
Chris, Tara, and their beautiful children relocated in May of 2009 to the northwest side of Phoenix in Peoria, AZ. In August 2009, Grace Church had its public launch. Chris serves as the Lead Elder for Grace Church and is passionate to see God transform lives through His glorious gospel. He and Tara have four children – Taylor, Trevor, Rylee, and Alexie.
Jamie has served in full-time ministry since 1999. He loves serving Christ, discipling men and eating smoked beast. He is proud to be married to his beautiful, godly wife Andrea and enjoys spending time with his two kids, Makenzie and JJ.
Jeff grew up in Scottsdale and Tempe where he was blessed to be a part of several gospel-preaching churches as a child. Saved at about age 12, he has been serving in various church tech and communication roles for about 15 years now.
Jeff was a part of Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert from 2004 until 2009 when he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Peoria as a part of the church plant team for Grace Church. In 2014 he began serving as Deacon of Technology and Communication Strategy.
Jeff and Ruth have 3 children: Luke, Joel, and Claire.
Ryan was born and raised here in the greater northwest Phoenix area. He grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ at a very young age. Ryan has been a member at Grace since 2010. Ryan married his wife Deanna in 1996 and they have four children: Courtney, Tyler, Ashlynn, and Brooklynn.
Ryan has served in the business administration and finance areas of ministry since 2002. He became a deacon at Grace in 2016, but has served the body since 2011 in the area of finance.