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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 two boys. 


Ben Akers

Elder, Pastor of Students

Ben and his beautiful wife Amanda have been married since 2016 and they have three 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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Marco Rankin

Elder, Church Plant Resident

Marco Rankin is currently working as a Church Plant Resident at Grace Church. His main goal is to help establish a new church in Richmond, Indiana, by August 2025.


Apart from his work as a church planter, Marco is a dedicated husband to Lisa Rankin, and they are blessed with four wonderful children: Rosina, Naomi, Marco II, and Annika. Marco has a deep passion for music and has previously served as the Minister of Music at both Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Richmond and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Muncie, Indiana, before leading worship at Grace Church.



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 has been in involved with Men's Ministry and is currently overseeing visitation and outreach.


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.

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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.

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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.


Mike Lynch

Deacon of Building & Grounds

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Krista Stump

Deacon of Children's Ministry

Krista and her husband, Monty began attending Grace in 2004. She has served as overseer of our Children's Church since 2019. It has been an honor for Krista to be a mentor in our MOMS group since 2018.


Janie Reifsnider

Deacon of  Women's Ministry

Janie and her husband Brian began attending Grace in 2001. Janie has always been involved with ladies' Bible studies and mentoring. 

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