David went into the ministry after moving from a small town in Georgia in 1995 and six years later married Teresa, a native Peruvian. He did his postgraduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary and has been serving Grace as lead pastor since 2011. David loves fitness, nutrition and the outdoors, whether it is hiking, backpacking, rock climbing or kayaking. They have a daughter in North Dakota and a teenage son at home.
Why Relationships Matter To Me: At Grace relationships matter a lot, because we know that God wired us to be in relationship. Even closet introverts, like me, cannot thrive emotionally and spiritually outside of relationship — with God and with others. At Grace, we experience how real growth comes from a personal relationship with God as well as relationships with others who also want to become fully devoted followers of Christ. When we prioritize relationships we prioritize people, just as Jesus did.
Brian is originally from Dallas, Texas but has spent most of his life here in Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Religious Studies and has completed his coursework for his Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Brian has three children who attend Grace, and he is serving as the Interim Youth Director, where he enjoys building relationships with students and their parents to develop life long disciples of Christ. Brian loves college sports and is a huge fan of the Arizona Wildcats!
Why Relationships Matter To Me: Relationships matter because they point us towards Jesus. Through living life together, we become the very hands and feet of Jesus to our community. Building relationships with students, their parents, and our surrounding community is a foundational element of how I live out my faith.
Originally from the Bay Area in California, Sue moved first to Evergreen, Colorado, and then to Tucson in 2006. She’s been at Grace since early 2013 and is delighted to serve as the Connections Director, helping people at Grace get connected into the life of the church, whether they’re new to Grace or have been coming for a while. Sue is a lucky mom and “gwamma” who loves boating, cooking, reading, her family, and Jesus!
Why Relationships Matter To Me: Relationships hold us; they stretch and grow us; they soften us and toughen us at the same time. When a relationship breaks, our hearts hurt, and when relationships are going well, we can be bowled over by unabashed, pure joy. I’m certain we’re wired to be connected with each other, to love and support each other, and to learn how to navigate when things aren’t right. When I live into that, when I’m really present and together with others, my own life is that much richer, and I feel that much closer to Jesus. That makes me so much more thankful for all His children, my family.
Melanie and her husband, Kent, came to Grace in 2005 from San Jose, CA. She is the proud mother of her crazy fun and adventurous daughter, Stevie, who serves in the U.S. Army. Melanie serves as the Children’s Ministry Director with her sister, Lucy Hill, and she feels blessed to be able to share Jesus with all the children who come to Grace. Melanie enjoys playing tennis, snuggling her dog, Tia, visiting Stevie, and going on adventures with Kent.
Why Relationships Matter To Me: I believe that being in relationship with one another is the way Jesus wants us to live. Life is so rich when we are relating with each other. People will lift us up, dust us off, and send us on our way as we help one another through our best and worst days. We have so much to offer when we allow ourselves to love one another. Ultimately, "Love Conquers All", so we will always err on the side of LOVE.
Lucy was born and raised in Farmington, NM and moved to Tucson with her family in 2001 from Corpus Christi, TX. She and her husband, Andy, have 3 children. She shares the Children’s Ministry Director position with her sister, Melanie Irwin, and loves using her tools as a teacher and the unique gifts God has given her to share Jesus with the children and families at Grace.
Why Relationships Matter To Me: Relationships were designed by God. He did not create us to navigate this world alone. Scripture teaches us that we are stronger together (Ecclesiastes 4:12), and Scripture encourages us to spur each other on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
An Ohio State Buckeye at heart, Sandie originally came from Toledo, Ohio and then to Grace by way of Cape Coral, Florida. She has two children, one living in Florida and the other in Tucson. Sandie manages the administrative needs of the church and office as well as facilitates the church’s GriefShare group, helping those on their journey through grief after losing a loved one.
Janet and her husband, Al, moved to Tucson in 1996, and have one son. She serves as the Personal Assistant to Pastor David and is grateful to use the gifts God has given her to help support the ministries of Grace and build relationships with people in the church and community. Janet loves spending time with her family and friends, teaching young children, cooking and reading historical fiction.
Why Relationships Matter To Me: Life is filled with joys and challenges, and it is in relationship with others that we are able to fully celebrate the joys and navigate those challenges. I believe we are designed by our Creator to be in relationship, starting with Jesus. He taught us how to love unconditionally and live life together, and we are at our best when we do these two things.
Faith Eisenegger, Nursery Supervisor
Theresa Anderson, FNL Children's Director