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David Hillis, Lead Pastor Facebook Twitter emailDavid and Teresa Hillis

David was born and raised in rural Georgia where he attended a Bible-based church. In college at Georgia Southern University, David's faith became personal to him and he recommitted his life to Christ. After graduating with a degree in journalism from GSU, David felt a call to full time ministry and moved to Arizona to help with a church plant. While receiving his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, David served in several churches prior to coming to Grace in the areas of discipleship, Christian formation, outreach and missions. He is married to Teresa, a native of Peru. They are parents to Isaac.

David is passionate about introducing people to Christ and helping them find their true identities in Him. He has seen and experienced the radical transformation that Christ brings to people's lives, and wants Grace to be a church where people discover Christ's love for themselves and are equipped to take Christ's love to Tucson and the world.

Melanie Irwin and Lucy Hill, 
Children's Ministry DirectorsMelanie and Lucy

Melanie came to Tucson from San Jose, California. She is married to Kent and works with Liberty Center, where she does ABA training with autistic children. She has worked as a registered nurse specializing in emergency room medicine and also coached girl's volleyball in northern California. Her past occupations bring a special twist on teaching the children of Grace about Jesus Christ.

Lucy has attended Grace since 2001, when her family moved to Tucson from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a former elementary school teacher and loves using her classroom experience to teach children about the love of Jesus Christ. She has the added blessing of working with her sister, Melanie, at Grace. She is mother to Jordan, Drew, and Natalie, and has been married to husband, Andy, since 1991. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to teach these children alongside her sister Melanie.

Sandie Ramm, Church Administrator Sandie Ramm

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Sandie came to Grace by way of Cape Coral, Florida, were she served as a church office administrator for many years. Her son Scot lives in Orlando, Florida, and her daughter Heather lives here in Tucson.

Sandie's deep love for the Lord and love of serving people brought her to the church office. Sandie has a passion for helping those who have loss loved ones. She heads the weekly GriefShare at Grace.

Janet Misiaszek, Assistant to Lead Pastor JanetM-web

Janet was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. As a military dependent — her father was a U.S. Navy Chaplain — Janet has been blessed to call many places home, including the Philippines.

Janet is a former elementary school teacher and currently teaches preschool at St. Andrew’s Preschool and Kindergarten two mornings a week. She has been married to Al since 1986, and they have a son, Joey. Her family has been attending Grace since 2008, and she has loved the opportunities she’s had to serve in Children’s and Youth Ministry over the years.

Theresa Anderson, Friday Night Life Children's Director

Theresa-AndersonTheresa Anderson, affectionately known as Ms. T, has worked in Early Childhood Education for 23 years. She also taught Kindergarten and Music at two local charter schools. Ms. T loves teaching children new songs and putting on talent shows. She especially enjoys singing Disney songs with the preschoolers at Creative Kids Preschool, where she has served as the school’s Director for the last 5 years.

Ms. T feels blessed to share her love of the Lord with children, spreading God’s Word and helping her co-workers and children at Creative Kids grow stronger in their own faith journeys. She has 3 children of her own. Brandon is 30, Shelby is 25 and Austin is 16; they are her best accomplishments!

Rick Drost, Interim Youth Director

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Support Staff:

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Worship Producer

Faith Eisenegger

Faith Eisenegger, Nursery Supervisor