Deacons and Deaconesses

We define a deacon as a man or woman of proven character who serves the church body through significant oversight of practical ministry needs.

2022 Deacon Nomination Process

Every year at Grace Church we select a new group of deacons and deaconesses. While the elders take responsibility to decide, the entire church family nominates and then affirms the choices of the elders. We are beginning that nomination process now, and it will continue through October 31. See 1 Timothy 3:8–13 for the biblical qualifications for deacons.

We are looking to recognize men and women who are already serving and have a proven track record of faithfulness. Every member of Grace Church should be serving; deacons, however, have oversight of others who are serving. They give direction, instruction, motivation, and guidelines for other servants. A true deacon will gather and equip others to serve, even as he serves himself. His or her service will also free the elders from a practical need so they can focus on their primary role of prayer and teaching. Just as pastor means “shepherd,” with all its feeding and leading implications, deacon means “servant,” with all its caring and ministering implications.

To nominate a man or woman to be a deacon or deaconess, click here or contact the church office at (559) 897-8788 or info@graceofthevalley.org.

Process
Nominate - Now through October 31
Elders confirm, deny, or add to nominations - November 3
Three weeks to affirm the nominees - Nov 14 – Dec 5

 

2021 Deacons 

Sayo Adeyemi  |  
Men's
Tom Atchley
  |  Member Care
Kathleen Atchley  |  
Member Care
Casey Banks
  |  Member Care
Tommy Barrington  |  
Children’s
Scot Brandon
  |  Evangelism
Tarin Brown  |  
Member Care | Meals
Alan Cade
  |  Children’s
Melani Cade

  |  Children’s
Ryan Colburn

  |  Member Care & Missions
David Dykstra

  |  Member Care | Grace Group
Ben Friesen

  |  Member Care | Grace Group
Steve Gilley
  |  
Hospitality
Bonni Gilley

  |  Hospitality
Lynette Grauman

  |  Children’s
Derek Griffioen

  |  Worship Service
Kristin Harvey
  |  
Women's
Ken Harvey

  |  Member Care
Denise Holder

  |  Women's
Lori Jackson

  |  Women's
Amy Jackson

  |  Youth
MaryAnn Klassen

  |  Youth
Don Klassen
  |  
Prison
Dave Lehrman
  |  
Facilities
Tim Mechikoff

  |  Member Care | Grace Group
Kim Mechikoff
  |  
Member Care | Grace Group
Steve Nagle
  |  
Member Care
Sarah Oskam

  |  Administration
Jessica Parker

  |  Children's | Girls of Grace
Elizabeth Peterson

  |  Children's | Check In
Josie Rios
  |  
Spanish
Tommy Rios

  |  College
John Rogers

  |  Youth
Kim Rogers

  |  Youth
Brent Sawatzky
  |  
Member Care | Grace Group
Ty Soria

  |  HR & Finance
Peter Thomas
  |  
Missions
Dale Thurow
  |  
Facilities
Nathan Torres
  |  
Children's
Meghan Warkentin
  |  
Women's
Janelle Wilgenburg

  |  Administration
Russ Zakarian

  |  Member Care | Grace Group

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