who is leading our church

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. 

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

GRACE RIVER SHEPHERD LEADERS

(from left) Chad Perron [Chair], Eric Peirce, Zachary McNeil, Troy Vittum, Jim Dube,

Kevin Bascom, Ken Young, and Tim Holtz (not pictured)

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.  

Kyle R. Allen 

LEAD 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. 

Andrew Boardman

DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL ARTS & FACILITIES 

Andrew has been proudly serving Grace River 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 digitally through our online worship, social media channels, and website development. 

Andrew also lovingly oversees the care, updates, and maintenance of our facilities to help us have a safe, modern, and beautiful place to gather and grow.  

Elizabeth Tibbals

CHURCH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Elizabeth is our behind-the-scenes lead helping our church accomplish so much kingdom work. From communication and core office functions to financial administration, Elizabeth uses 20 years of professional experience to help us run smoothly, efficiently, and wonderfully. 

Elizabeth also has a great heart to minister to women and takes time to visit and pray with many during the week. Also blessed with a gift to come alongside those in need, Elizabeth helps us connect and care for our community. 

GRACE RIVER MINISTRIES

OVERSIGHT AND LEADERSHIP

Building Ministry

Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leader Bill Limoges

Financial Ministry

Shepherd Leader Kevin Bascom

Ministry Leader Lynnette Mullen

Care Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Janice Young

Family Ministry

Shepherd Leader Zachary McNeil

Ministry Leader Pastor Kyle  

Community Groups

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leaders Group Leaders

Life Safety Ministry

Shepherd Leader Chad Perron

Ministry Leader James Skinner

Men's Ministry

Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leader Zachary McNeil

Prayer Ministry

Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leader Ken Young

Missions Ministry

Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leaders Lisa Holtz & Ellie Feleen

Special Events & Cafe Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Lori Higgins

Music Worship Ministry

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Troy Vittum

Staff Relations

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Ruth Roberts

Technical Arts Ministry

Shepherd Leader Kevin Bascom

Ministry Leader Andy Boardman

Library Ministry

Shepherd Leader Eric Peirce

Ministry Leader Janet Peirce

Welcome Ministry

Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Roxanne Dube

Women's Ministry

Shepherd Leader Eric Peirce

Ministry Leader Robin Vittum

MISSIONS MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leader Matthew Roberts

 

MUSIC WORSHIP MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Troy Vittum

 

PRAYER MINISTRY

Shepherd Leader Jim Dube

Ministry Leader Ken Young

SPECIAL EVENTS & CAFE MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Lori Higgins

 

STAFF RELATIONS 

Shepherd Leader Tim Holtz

Ministry Leader Ruth Roberts

 

TECHNICAL ARTS MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Kevin Bascom

Ministry Leader Andrew Boardman

 

WELCOME MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Ken Young

Ministry Leader Roxanne Dube

 

WOMEN'S MINISTRY
Shepherd Leader Eric Peirce

Ministry Leader Roxanne Dube

 

GRACE RIVER 
PO BOX 1036
CLAREMONT, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03743

603.542.2344 // office@graceriver.life

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