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OUR PASTORAL TEAM

Instead of one senior pastor, we have a pastoral team that function as co-equals in leading the church and establishing overall ministry goals.

MARK TANIOUS


Pastor of Preaching and Vision

Mark's Story

Mark’s parents emigrated from Egypt to raise their family in America. His father mentored him with the belief that God would do great things through Mark's life. When Mark was still a young teen, his father went home to Heaven. Yet through that pain and loss, Mark emerged with an even greater sense of God's calling in his life. Although he studied at the University of Maryland to become a physician, he realized that the Lord wanted him to be a soul physician.

When Mark was studying at Capital Bible Seminary, he became friends with a family who attended Grace. Through that friendship, Mark sensed a calling to Grace to help fulfill its vision of reaching people who are far from God and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ. He came on staff in 2008 overseeing the evangelism and connection ministries. Before coming to Grace, he served in a cross-cultural context as a youth pastor in Washington D.C. Mark has two degrees from Capital Bible Seminary with training in pastoral ministry and counseling. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Dani Beth. They have three beautiful children, Elijah, Naomi, and Beniah.

Mark's Hope for Grace

Mark’s passion is for Grace to be a church that centers everything on the message of the gospel and is sent out by the mission of the gospel. He envisions a multi-cultural and multi-generational church that passionately loves God and people. His prayer is that Grace would be a place where struggling and hurting people find freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

MATT SIKES


Pastor of Music

Matt's Story

Matt grew up in Savannah, GA in a Christian home, but it wasn’t until his second year of college that he trusted in Christ as his Savior and Redeemer. He discovered his love for music at an early age and began playing clarinet in the band in the fifth grade. By early high school he knew that he wanted to spend his life playing music. Matt’s musical path eventually led him to the Washington, D.C. area as a clarinetist with the U. S. Army Field Band. In 2011 Matt and his wife, Elise, started attending Grace. Shortly after coming to Grace, God began to reveal places in Matt’s life where he was placing his hope and trust in God’s good gifts rather than in God Himself. After about 5 years in the Field Band, Matt began to feel God pushing him towards ministry. He didn’t know what that would look like, but he knew that God was in control and he was starting to rest in that a little more than he had in the past. Eventually it became clear to Matt that God was calling him into music ministry and that God may be opening a door to be the Pastor of Music at Grace. In August of 2014, after a 2 year search, Matt was called to be the next Pastor of Music at Grace Baptist Church. God has blessed Matt and Elise with three beautiful children, Jordan, Norah, and Micah. Matt has two degrees in music performance from the University of Georgia and the University of Michigan and is currently studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Matt's Hope for Grace

Matt’s hope and prayer for Grace is that we would continue to grow in our dependence and awareness of God’s great story of hope. As Matt says, “We are broken people who are in desperate need of saving grace every day of our lives, and there is only One who is able to save us and satisfy every longing of our hearts, Jesus, the Son of God.” Musically speaking, Matt’s prayer is that we would continue to see the amazing power of God’s gift of music as a vehicle to worship Him and that we would constantly resist the temptation to put music itself in the place of God.

JAMIE MILLER


Pastor of Children and Administration

Jamie's Story

Jamie placed his faith in Jesus Christ at a young age having grown up hearing about Jesus and the importance of what Christ has done for us. Jamie explains, “One night, as a child, I overheard my mother talking to one of my older brothers about Jesus; I asked her about Jesus, heaven, and what I had to do to be in heaven with Jesus. That night my mother explained to me again about how God showed His love to me, and I placed my faith, my trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of my sins and I began a great new relationship with Him that has changed my life forever.” Jamie first came to Grace as a college student looking to get involved in a good church. He began serving in the church’s AWANA program and soon became a pre-school Sunday school teacher. Upon graduation from the University of Maryland, Jamie joined the staff at Grace Christian School, teaching middle school math for several years. In 2007 Jamie joined the Pastoral Team as the Pastor of Children. Jamie is married to his lovely wife Genevieve (Gen) and together they have 4 handsome sons: James, Timothy, David, and Joshua. Jamie has degrees from the University of Maryland and Liberty Baptist Seminary.

Jamie's Hope for Grace

Jamie’s hope for Grace is that the church will grow in their love for God and people as it grows deeper and wider. He sees a church that learns God’s Word but also stays humble as hearts are expanded to receive God’s never ending love and grace. His prayer is that Grace would share this love and grace of God within families and around our community.

BRADY WOLCOTT


Pastor of Discipleship and Teaching

Brady's Story

Brady grew up in a large Christian family that would lead him to Christ at a young age. The churches he grew up in however were often quite strict and more focused on behavior change than heart change. During a rough time in high school one of Brady’s teachers showed him great love and acceptance and made him realize that he wanted to do for other kids what that teacher had done for him. Soon Brady was a teacher of Social Studies looking to “change the world.” His journey as a teacher eventually led Brady to teach at Grace Christian School and he and his family got involved in all kinds of ministries at Grace. In 2007 he would join the church pastoral team part time and eventually would transition from the “school side” to the “church side,” serving as the Pastor of Young Adults. It was during these first days of Pastoral Ministry that Brady would experience what he calls his “Gospel Revolution.” God began to show him how much He really loves and cares for us all unconditionally because of the work of Jesus, not the work of Brady. The Gospel is not something we use to just secure our ticket to Heaven. It is the event whereby we are changed daily and forever into the likeness of Jesus. Brady and his wife, Joy, have 4 young adult children: Victoria, Alex, Carter and Daria. Brady has degrees from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, Regent University, and Liberty Baptist Seminary.

Brady's Hope for Grace

Brady’s great desire for Grace is that we would truly become a disciple making church that sees all come to an understanding of the awesome nature of God’s grace and it’s power alone to change us. His prayer is that we would “grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ,” becoming like Him in his death and resurrection. He envisions a church of deep family love for each other and for our neighbors who aren’t part of the church…yet.

BILL BLACKFORD


Pastor of Students

Bill's Story

Bill grew up in rural Indiana and was the youngest of six kids. He grew up in a strong Christian home and it was his family and church that showed him his need for a personal relationship with Jesus. But it was not until his college years that he took his relationship with God seriously. Bill decided to go to Liberty University and study Physical Education. There, God was really working in Bill’s life and he decided that he wanted to serve God in a Christian school. It was there that Bill also met his wife, Lisa. Bill and Lisa first came to Grace through Grace Christian School in January 1983. Bill started the Physical Education and sports programs at GCS. In 1986 Bill joined the Church staff as they were in need of a Youth Pastor. He felt God leading him in that direction and so now, rather than coaching students on the athletic field, he is coaching students in the greatest adventure of their lives as they live for God. Bill and his wife Lisa have 2 children: Bryce and Amber. They both grew up at Grace and have both accepted Christ as their savior. Bryce is married to Kristen and they have 2 children: Dawson and Peyton. Amber is married to Adam Jackson. One of Bill’s greatest joys is having his children working in ministry alongside him.

Bill's Hope for Grace

Bill’s passion is for youth and so his hope for Grace is that students would realize the greatest gift they have is their lives and that they would accept Jesus sacrifice at an early age and then follow and grow in Him. He wants to encourage students to get connected to a caring group who will disciple, train and challenge them to live for God 24/7. Bill’s desire is that the church would love this community and world as we show them Christ.

"And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."

Jeremiah 3:15

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