LEADERSHIP

STAFF LEADERSHIP

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Danny Wright

Elder, Pastor of Teaching

Danny has had the privilege of being a pastor on staff since 2002. He and his wife, Charity, moved to Darke County when he accepted the position of Youth Pastor. Around the time of the birth of their fourth child, Danny transitioned into becoming the Teaching Pastor at Grace, the role he currently holds.

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Lori Palmer

Executive Assistant

Lori is our behind the scenes, go-to person, who keeps everything running smoothly at Grace. She has a calling for administration and does it well. Lori is part-time at the church and spends the rest of the time at home with her boys. 

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Ben Akers

Elder, Pastor of Students

Ben and his beautiful wife Amanda have been married since 2016 and they have 2 children. Ben graduated from Boyce College with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Ben came to Grace from Owensboro, KY to serve as our Student Ministries Pastor and oversee our Grace Marriage ministry.

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NON-STAFF LEADERSHIP

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Jason Kerns

Elder, Pastor of Care/Counseling

Jason, wife Patty and their two boys, have been attending Grace since 2011. After college, Jason was involved in Youth Ministry for 11 years.  Jason completed his Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2013. 

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Brian Reifsnider

Elder, Pastor of Care

Brian and his wife Janie began attending Grace in the fall of 2001. Brian was an original Elder of Grace. He currently oversees Men's Ministry

Marco Rankin

Elder, Pastor of Care

Marco grew up in Richmond, Ind. He has been married to Lisa since 2008 and they have four children. Formerly, Marco served as Minister of Music at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Richmond and at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Muncie, Ind. Marco is currently overseeing the music ministry at Grace.

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Neal Hans

Elder, Pastor of Care

Neal and his wife Diane have been attending Grace since 2016. He has served on the elder team since 2020 Neal has the privilege of assisting with men’s/family ministries.

Marshall Gipe

Elder, Pastor of Administration

Marshall, his wife Becky, and their two children began attending Grace in 2007. Marshall became an elder in 2010 and currently oversees all things administration.

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Monty Stump

Elder, Pastor of Finance

Monty and his wife Krista have been attending Grace since 2004. He has served on the Elder team since 2007. Monty has the privilege of overseeing the areas of stewardship and finance.

Gregg Dyke

Deacon of Hospitality/Special Projects

Gregg and his wife Renee have attended Grace since 2001. Gregg’s area of expertise is in making our facility flow well, being inviting and staying aesthetically constant through his passion for home improvement.

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Justin Palmer

Deacon of Hospitality/Visitors & Body of Grace

Justin, along with his wife Lori, and their two boys have attended Grace since 2007.  Justin’s area of expertise and passion is serving others and making them feel welcome. Justin feels a passion in helping visitors, new attenders, and members of Grace join together through family nights, bonfires, special meals, and more.