Pastor Mark was appointed senior pastor in July 2014, after serving churches in NWA, Booneville, and Jacksonville. His father was a pastor, so he grew up in Rogers, Fort Smith, Searcy, and West Memphis. However, his mother grew up in Conway, and Pastor Mark spent a lot of time with his grandparents in Conway. He also graduated from Hendrix, and considers Conway the closest he has to a home town. He and his wife, Kelley, have six children: four born to them and two who chose to be part of their family several years ago.
He went to seminary at SMU and loves to be active in the community. He is on the Hendrix Board of Trustees, the Governor's Advisory Committee on Emergency Service, and has served as a chaplain and board member for many other organizations both inside and outside of the church. He is a foodie, so he (unfortunately) loves a lot of food, but especially loves coffee. He purchases green coffee beans from countries around the world and roasts them in his home each week. He also loves to travel, hike, and spend time with his family.
His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28: "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose." To Pastor Mark, this doesn't mean everything happens for a reason; it means that God can make good come out of any situation.
David, our Youth & College Minister, joined the Grace Staff in December 2008. He is, orginally, from Planet Earth-as he puts it- and is married to Bonnie and they have 2 children, John and Mollie. Besides doing the obvious youth minister routine of watching "Phineas & Ferb" and laughing uncontrollably; he and his family like to be outdoors doing anything fun. His favorite quote is "Character is what you are in the dark." by D.L.Moody. If you are thinking about treating him, you can take him to the Cross Creek restaurant where he will enjoy his favorite chicken salad sandwich and Mrs. Chris' homemade desserts! His favorite Bible verse is "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 and "Be doers of the word and not hearers only." James 1:22.
Brandy is originally from Little Rock, she is married to James and they have 4 children: LJ, Eli, Ian, and Mya. For fun, she likes to attend musicals or plays. Her favorite phrase is: "I cannot believe the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, and to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." - Leo Rosten
If you would like to take her out for lunch, her favorite restaurants are Avocado and Za Za's.
Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sin”
Jennifer manages the overall financial operations, activities, payroll distribution, and reporting of Grace Church, Grace Learning Center, and all other ministries supported by Grace UMC.
Ron joined the Grace Family in 2016 and serves as the traditional worship leader. He directs the Grace Choir, men's and women's ensembles, children's choir, and frequently plays the piano and leads worship in special services. He first served as a worship leader while in college in 1978, and moved into a full-time position about 1982. Since that time, Ron has directed orchestras, choirs, and churches while also teaching music in the public schools.
Nick Garrison's first church home was Grace United Methodist Church, where his mother was the Associate Pastor for almost a decade. His faith in Jesus Christ and his passion for music ministry was sparked at Grace UMC, leading him to explore leading worship as a profession at local churches such as Greenbrier First UMC, Crosspoint UMC, and First UMC here in Conway. Nick's main worship focus is including the entire congregation so that all of God's children can worship and sing together in unison with God as the central audience.
Lori coordinates our communications (bulletins, newsletters, social media, our church app, and more). She also works with our office volunteers to welcome guests during office hours. Lori graduated from UCA in 2015. She has experience as an Administrative Assistant for another United Methodist Church in White Hall. She and her husband, Matt, are members at Grace and were married in our sanctuary in June of 2015!
Glenda Bell coorindates all of the wonderful volunteers who give of their time to help in the church office by anwering phones, folding bulletins and newsletters, keeping member contact information up to date, etc. She is a long-time member of Grace. She enjoys singing in the Grace Choir and has a special passion for gardening which she applies to the upkeep of Grace Memorial Prayer Garden.
Once of Glenda's favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 13:13, "Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love."