About Grace


CORE VALUES

There are many components forming the foundation of a Christ-exalting church. The four indispensable, biblical components to Grace Community Church are:

SPIRITUAL DEVOTION

Spiritual devotion is the fountainhead from which spiritual maturity, the goal of the Christian life, flows (Eph 4:13-14). Spiritual devotion, that is an unreserved love for God which begins with an understanding of salvation by grace through faith in the work of Christ, is demonstrated by obedience to God and love for others (Mt 22:36-40). We desire for our people to discern the difference between being religiously busy and having a personal relationship with the Lord.

SACRIFICIAL SERVICE

All believers are expected to contribute to the building up of the body of Christ (Eph 4:11-16). We assist our people in finding ministries (whether formal or informal) to which they can give of themselves or through which they can serve.

MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Meaningful relationships are indispensable for spiritual growth; they are both a means to and the fruit of spiritual development (Gal 6:1-2; Heb 3:12-13; 10:23-25). We believe it is imperative to provide a context in which believers can be immersed in a sincere community of fellow believers and where the roots of those relationships run deep.

INTENTIONAL MISSIONS

The mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20). Making disciples requires Christians to zealously desire and purposely pursue the conversion of the lost (1 Pt 2:6). Our desire is for our people to grow in their burden to see unbelievers transferred from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.


ADDITIONAL DISTINCTIVES…

Leadership

Ben Holland

MEMBERSHIP, STUDENTS,DOMESTIC MISSIONS

Ben Holland, resident of Madison, Alabama, has been on staff at GCC since 2004. Ben married Jennifer Holland in January of 2007 and has a daughter and a son. Ben is a 2006 graduate of Athens State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Secondary Education. He completed his Masters in Biblical Studies from The Master’s College in the spring of 2014. Ben regularly teaches and leads several diverse ministries.


ERIC WALKER

Teaching

Eric and his wife Whitney have two children (Nolan and Selah). He is a graduate of Murray State University (B.S., Engineering Physics) and works as an engineer and manager at Dynetics, Inc., in Huntsville. At GCC, Eric is an elder, a community group facilitator, and is a part-time teacher for the adult Grace Life class and the Foundations of Grace class. Eric’s free time is mostly spent reading, fantasy baseball, playing sports (softball, basketball, and flag football), and trying to learn how to cook.


JARED PRATICO

Teaching

Jared and wife Becky have two children. He is a graduate of UAH (B.S., Physics) and works as an analyst at Dynetics, Inc. As an elder at GCC, Jared oversees the membership process and enjoys teaching various classes.


JIM PRINTZ

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

Jim is married to Vicki and they have two grown sons and several grandchildren. He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Upper Iowa University (B.A.). Jim is a part owner of a small jewelry manufacturing business. As an elder at GCC, Jim has been very involved with missions. He also oversees the Missions Council.


KEVIN MCATEER

TEACHING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, MEN'S MINISTRY

Kevin and his wife Sarah have two children; they live in northeast Huntsville. He is a graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Southeastern Baptist Theological College (B.A.), and The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.). Kevin is employed by Dynetics, Inc. As an elder at GCC, Kevin enjoys teaching and helping lead the 2:2 ministry.


MATTHEW HAMMONDS

COMMUNITY GROUPS & WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Matthew and his wife April have two children (Abigail and Zoe). He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern University and the University of North Alabama. He is employed as a systems analyst for Parsons Corporation. As an elder at GCC, Matthew is responsible for overseeing Community Groups. He also teaches portions of the Membership Matters class and oversees the women's ministry.


NEAL TODD

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Neal completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at Mississippi State University, where he met his wife Marie. They have four daughters and make their home in southeast Huntsville. Neal completed his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College in 2010. Neal oversees the children’s ministry at GCC, teaches Grace Life, counsels and serves in the nursery.


PAUL LAMEY

PREACHING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

As an elder, Paul devotes his primary attention to the preaching ministry of the church and to training leaders. He is the lead pastor for the Huntsville campus of The Expositors Seminary, serving as faculty member and with the board of trustees. Paul completed his formal training at The University of Mobile (B.A.) and The Master’s Seminary (M. Div. and D. Min.). He has been active in training pastors at Samara Center for Biblical Training in Samara, Russia for many years, also serving on the International Board of Advisors for Samara. He is a regular contributor of essays and reviews with The Master’s Seminary’s “Preachers and Preaching,” The Expositor’s Seminary Blog, The Master’s Seminary Journal, The Journal of Modern Ministry, Christianity.com, and ChurchPastor.com. He and his wife Julie have two sons and two daughters.


TIM KEETER

COUNSELING & MUSIC

Tim and his wife Carmen have three children (Ella, Gabe, and Noah). He is a graduate of Auburn and Purdue Universities (Aerospace Engineering) and is employed by Dynetics, Inc. As an elder at GCC, Tim oversees the discipleship counseling and music ministries and teaches in various Grace Life classes. He is an ACBC certified counselor and has taught biblical counseling in churches, Bible colleges, conferences, the Samara Center for Biblical Training in Samara, Russia, and the Word of Grace Seminary in Mexico City. He also leads the music during our worship service.



SERVANT LEADERS

APRIL HAMMONDS

LADIES' MINISTRY

April and her husband Matthew have two children (Abigail and Zoe). She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Human Resources Management. She is a stay-at-home mom and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her children. As a servant leader at GCC, April is responsible for overseeing the Ladies’ Ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, gardening, and many other outdoor activities.

Elder Overseer: Paul Lamey


GENE HEATHERSHAW

AUDIO/VISUAL

Gene and his wife Mary Ellen live in northeast Huntsville and have three grown children and ten grandchildren. He is a graduate of Colorado State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering) and works as an analyst for a defense contractor. As a servant-leader at GCC, Gene oversees the audio-visual ministry for the church.

Elder Overseer: Tim Keeter


MARIE TODD

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Marie completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Mississippi State University, where she met her husband Neal. They have four daughters and make their home in southeast Huntsville, and Marie is now a full-time homemaker. She is active in serving at the girls’ school. In her spare time, she enjoys family activities and spending time with her family.

Elder Overseer: Neal Todd


MARY ELLEN HEATHERSHAW

HOSPITALITY

Mary Ellen and her husband, Gene, have 3 grown children and 10 grandchildren. She graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo and Colorado State University. As a servant leader at Grace, Mary Ellen oversees special needs hospitality, organizing meals for families after births, surgeries, and funerals. She also co-teaches the 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School class.

Elder Overseer: Paul Lamey


MATT WATERS

MUSIC ASSISTANT

Matt and his wife Laura met while serving with a missions team in central Asia in 2001 and 2002. After returning to the states and getting married at Laura’s home on the outer banks of North Carolina, they moved to Huntsville in February of 2004. God has blessed them with four children (Rachel, Caleb, Anna, and Eliana). Matt has been developing software and hardware products since he graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1992. His hobbies include trying to keep the grass and hedges from overtaking their home in the summer, reading Boxcar Children books at bedtime, and working to procure enough gear to commute year round on his 2003 Triumph Speed Triple.

Elder Overseer: Tim Keeter


NORM HARRIS

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

Norm and his wife Linda have two grown children and six grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.S., Electrical Engineering) and retired from Adtran, Inc., where he was a Founder and an Engineering Manager. Norm is the business administrator of the church, teaches adult classes, and serves in the nursery. Norm and Linda also disciple couples in the area of financial stewardship.


SCOTT ROSENGREN

BUILDING SECURITY

Scott and his wife Dawn have two children. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. Physics, M.S. Electrical Engineering) and currently works as a computer engineer for the U.S. Army. Scott oversees Security for GCC and is the facilitator of the NE Huntsville Community Group. He enjoys playing sports and coaching kids’ teams, playing his trumpets, working on his hobby farm, and riding horses.

Overseer: Norm Harris



STAFF

CARMEN KEETER

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Carmen serves as the Administrative Assistant to the staff at Grace Community Church. She is married to Tim Keeter and they have three children. Carmen holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and worked as a stay-at-home mom while her children were young. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and stamping.


SARAH MCATEER

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Sarah and her husband Kevin have one daughter and one son; they live in northeast Huntsville. Sarah is a full-time homemaker. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and gardening.


SCHYLAR REED

INSIDE MAINTENANCE ADMINISTRATOR

Schylar is a young man who moved to Huntsville in 2016 to study at the Expositors Seminary, where he is currently working towards his Masters in Divinity. He previously graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. When he is not busy with school work, he enjoys playing sports, spending time outside, and reading a good book.