who is leading our church

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them, not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 
1 PETER 5:2-3

The Bible tells us that Christ has graciously gifted His church with shepherd leaders who feed, protect, and guide the sheep to greater purity, unity, and maturity in the Lord. Grace River is an Elder-led church that aims to govern the church by the biblical model. In the Bible pastors and overseers are in the same category of Elder. So our Elders share leadership responsibilities and come alongside our Lead Pastor to govern, direct, and feed the local church.

 

We refer to our Elders as Shepherd Leaders as they lead by sacrificial, careful, and godly leading of God's flock as undershepherds of our great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, to whom the church belongs. 

The Shepherd Leaders work alongside our Lead Pastor to guide the church with biblical teaching and prayerful, Spirit-led decisions. Our church retains congregational voting and input on many major issues. Members are invited to voice their thoughts during our regular churchwide meetings and directly to our leadership, who are always available to listen. 

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OUR 
SHEPHERDS

Each Shepherd Leader exercises the duty of teaching through leading weekly Community Groups and leading in our Sunday Worship. In addition to churchwide overseeing, each Shepherd Leader is responsible for overseeing specific ministries of Grace River by providing spiritual leadership, support, and prayer to the Ministry Leader.  

GRACE RIVER SHEPHERD LEADERS

 

 Zachary McNeil [Chair]

 

Troy Vittum [Secretary]

 

Kevin Bascom

 

Tim Holtz

 

Ken Young 

 

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OUR 
PASTOR

Pastor Kyle has been leading and serving us since September 2018. He brings seventeen years of professional ministry experience that has spanned a variety of church roles and opportunities, including pastoring in big and small cities, cross-cultural contexts, urban outreach, youth and children ministry, and local and overseas missions. 

In addition to finding joy in bringing the Word of God to His people, Pastor Kyle loves where God has put him to counsel couples and individuals, mentor and develop leaders, care for and disciple believers, and finding ways to reach the lost in our surrounding communities. 

OUR 
 

DIRECTOR
of TECH ARTS
& FACILITIES

Andrew has been proudly serving Grace River on staff since July 2008. In a saving relationship with Jesus Christ since 1984, Andrew brings over twenty years of experience in live sound, video and lighting design to bless our ministries. He also leads our efforts to evangelize and minister to our people and far beyond our community through our live streams, social media channels, TV plays, and website and app development. 

Andrew also wonderfully oversees the care, updates, and maintenance of our facilities to make sure we have a safer, modern, and beautiful place to gather, glorify, and keep on growing.  

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GRACE RIVER MINISTRIES

OVERSIGHT AND LEADERSHIP

Building Ministry

Shepherd Leader Zachary McNeil

Ministry Leader Andrew Boardman

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Care Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Janice Young

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Community Groups

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Group Leaders

Financial Ministry

Shepherd Leader Kevin Bascom

Ministry Leader Lynnette Mullen

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Family Ministry

Shepherd Leader Zachary McNeil

Ministry Leader Pastor Kyle

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Life Safety Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Chad Perron

Missions Ministry

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Lisa Holtz/Ellie Feleen

Music Worship Ministry

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Troy Vittum

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Prayer Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Kevin Bascom

Special Events Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Lori Higgins

Staff Relations Ministry

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

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Technical Arts Ministry

Shepherd Leader Kevin Bascom

Ministry Leader Andrew Boardman

Welcome Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Pastor Kyle