our leaders


  • Gene Phelps - Lead Pastor

    I can't imagine a life where I am not intimately involved in worship and sharing my love for God. My passions are preaching, teaching, and deepening my relationships with others. I also love to tell, listen to, and write good stories. I am married to an amazing lady named Drema who has put up with me for 36 years - so . . .  yes I believe in miracles.

    My core belief is that we are all uniquely and divinely made for specific purposes. We are not accidental. We are indeed made to fly!

    All of us have unique gifts, and callings on our lives. True joy is found when we can step into the amazing life imagined for us by Christ.

  • David Porath, Associate Pastor

    I was born and raised back and forth between two states: Wisconsin and Nebraska.  I came to Ohio when I was stationed at Wright- Patt AFB in 1994.  While in the Air Force I was married and to my soul mate and wife, Tracy.  We have two wonderful children: Justine and Christian.  I was called into ministry at a young age but after two years in college I ran from my calling to the Air Force... but God did not relent.  I began full time ministry in August of 2011 as a youth pastor.  I am currently a Local Licensed Pastor and enrolled in United Theological Seminary.  My favorite teams are the Packers and Cornhuskers, I love to “get away” in a movie theater where I can unplug from the world for a couple hours, and, last but not the least, family time is what I thrive for.  I am excited to be here at Grace as I continue to walk in God’s grace and live into His calling.

  • Linda Millhouse, Treasurer

    I have  been the Treasurer here at Grace Church since 2005. I enjoy working with numbers and understand the importance of being good stewards of God's financial blessings. In addition to fulfilling my responsibilities as Treasurer, I am involved at Grace Church in the music ministry as pianist for the Worship Team. I enjoy needlework, sewing, crafts, gardening and reading as hobbies. My husband Dean  and I have raised three boys, Jon, Chris and Ben.

  • Hello, my name is Joanne (Nishwitz) Kress. I have been a life-long member of Grace. Darrell and I were married in July of 1965. We have three sons and six grandchildren who also attend Grace. We have been a part of chair team, greeters, Communion stewards, small group, hospitality, and nursery. We love and appreciate the Staff and every member of Grace Church. Our favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 100.

leadership teams

In addition to our Staff, the following groups of people help provide oversight for the ministry of Grace Church...

  • Lead Team, administering the mission and vision of Grace Church

    Comprised of 9-12 people serving 3-year terms, the Lead Team  is the highest administrative group at Grace Church - supporting the pastors and staff, and insuring that the administration of the mission and vision is on task.

  • Trustees, maintaining the property and legal incorporation of Grace Church

    When it comes to the physical property and legal matters of Grace Church, the Trustees are our go-to group of people. They each serve 3-year terms.

  • Finance Team,  keeping our financial resources in order

    Serving 3-year terms each, the Finance Team develops our annual budget

    and monitors our financial resources.

  • Local Elders, providing spiritual covering for Grace Church

    Unlike the other leadership teams, the Local Elders are not an administrative group and they have no term limits. Instead, they serve as a spiritual covering for Grace Church by providing prayer, counsel, encouragement, support and accountability for both leadership and congregation. You can find out more about the Elders by clicking here.