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.

2023 Deacon Process

Every year 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. 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, do one of the following:
Call the church office at (559) 897-8788
Click here to submit a nomination

Process
Members Nominate • Now through October 30
Elders confirm, deny, or add to nominations • November 2
Three weeks to affirm the nominees • November 13–December 4

 

2022 Deacons

Tom Atchley
Member Care

Kathleen Atchley
Member Care

Rachel Banks
Member Care

Casey Banks
Member Care

Jack Barley
Member Care

Tommy Barrington
Children’s

Scot Brandon
Evangelism

Tarin Brown
Member Care | Meals

Alan Cade
Children’s

Melani Cade
Children’s

Allanah Colburn
Women's

David Dykstra
Member Care | Grace Group

Jason Egli
Member Care | Counseling

Rachelle Egli
Member Care | Counseling

Ben Friesen
Member Care | Grace Group

Mariano Friginal
Media

Bonni Gilley
Hospitality

Lynette Grauman
Children’s

Derek Griffioen
Worship Service

Coleman Hammond
Youth

Brooke Hammond
Youth

Seth Hansen
Missions

Kristin Harvey
Women's

Kirk Hoffman
1824

Suzanne Hoffman
1824

Don Holder
Security

Denise Holder
Women's

Lori Jackson
Women's

Amy Jackson
Youth

Don Klassen
Evangelism | Prison

MaryAnn Klassen
Youth

Dave Lehrman
Facilities

Julie McEntee
Women's

Rene Munoz
Hospitality

Steve Nagle
Member Care | Grace Group

Josh Nichols
Media





Sarah Oskam
Administration

Jessica Parker
Children's | Girls of Grace

Greg Parker
Member Care

Elizabeth Peterson
Children's | Check In

James Prendergast
Youth

Joanie Riddle
Children's | Nursery

Scott Riddle
Worship Service

Josie Rios
Spanish

John Rogers
Youth

Kim Rogers
Youth

Randy Rusconi
Member Care | Grace Group

Brent Sawatzky
Member Care | Grace Group

Ty Soria
HR & Finance

Emma Stahl
Youth

Peter Thomas
Missions

Dale Thurow
Facilities

Nathan Torres
Children's

Meghan Warkentin
Women's

Janelle Wilgenburg
Administration

Carly Woods
Member Care | Grace Group

 

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