Welcome


 

A healing place for a hurting world.

 

What do we want for you?

We want to help you reach your full, God-given potential.

What should I expect when I visit?

You can expect a warm greeting, free coffee, and a worship experience that is designed to help you grow in your walk with Christ.

What does Grace have for my family?

We have programs for all ages from infants to seniors. Programs include nursery, Grace Kids, 5th & 6th Grade, Junior High, High School, Young Adults, and Life Groups.

What should I wear?

We encourage you to wear what you feel comfortable in. Whether it is a suit and tie or flip-flops and a t-shirt, we want you to feel like your best self.

How can we help you?

We have a wonderful team of pastors and volunteers that would love to meet you and help you become the person God wants you to be. Let us know how we can serve you. 

Our Mission


Make Fully Committed Disciples

Build Healthy Families

Send People Out

Our Values


Christ-Centered

Because Jesus is central to our existence, we will seek to know Jesus and live in a way that values Him above all else.

Obedient to Scripture

Because the Bible influences our thoughts, beliefs, and actions, we will seek to know the Word and do what it says.

Authentic

Because we desire integrity, we will seek to be honest and transparent with God, ourselves, and each other.

Culturally Relevant

Because the world is changing, we will use a ministry approach that engages the culture without compromising the timeless message of the gospel.  

Relational

Because people are created in the image of God, we will seek to love and value all people.

Sending

Because there are people in the world that do not know the Good News of Christ, we will seek to equip and send people out to reach them.

Our Core Beliefs


In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have freedom of conscience. In all of our beliefs we show love.

 

About God

There is one eternal God in three persons (Trinity). Genesis 1:26

About Man

All have sinned and are separated from God. Romans 3:23

About Eternity

Everyone will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Matthew 25:46

About Jesus Christ

Jesus is the sustitutionary atonement for the sins of humanity. 2 Corinthians 5:21

About Salvation

Receiving Jesus is how we are redeemed and reconciled to God. John 1:12

About Assurance

You can know that you are saved. 1 John 5:13

About the Holy Spirit

It is given to empower people to follow Jesus. John 14:26

About the Bible

It is our authority for morality and Christian living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

About the Church

It is God's instrument to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world and to usher in the kingdom of God. Ephesians 3:10

About Creation

God is the intelligent designer of the universe. Genesis 1:1

About End Times

Jesus is returning for His bride, the Church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Our Core Practices


We practice obeying the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.

"If you love me, you will obey my commandments." John 14:15

We practice tithing and generosity as godly stewardship.

"A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord." Leviticus 27:30

We practice believe's baptism.

"Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." Acts 2:38

We practice regualar communion (4 - 6 times per year).

"The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after supper he took the cup saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

We practice living in dependence on the Holy Spirit.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

We practice telling others about Christ.

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15

We practice justice and peacemaking.

"Let us thereforemake every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." Romans 14:19

We practice the permanency of marriage.

"For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So, they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate." Genesis 2:24

We practice living simply.

"A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15

We practice serving others with our gifts and talents.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others." 1 Peter 4:10

We practice the daily habits that lead to spiritual transformation.

"Therefore, let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity." Hebrews 6:1

We practice living in community.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35

How to Give


Six Ways to Give to Grace:

Grace App

Download the Grace app and select the Giving icon.

Text to Give

Text "Give4Grace" to 206.859.9405, then click the link.

Online

Click on the tab at the top of this page!

Credit/Debit

Visit the Grace App or website to give with a credit or debit card.

Check

Write tithe and/or a specific destination on the memo line. Fill out the giving envelope information completely. 

Cash

Include your donation and fill out the giving envelope.

 

Our Staff


Larry Kaufman, Lead Pastor

I am passionate about living on purpose, and making my life count for eternity. I have an amazing wife, and 5 crazy, wonderful kids. I dream of ways to unleash Grace's potential to change the world for Christ. I get to work with an amazing team of pastors, leaders and volunteers. Our best days are ahead of us.

My life verse is Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Interesting facts: My favorite food is sushi. I am competitive. I am a Browns fan. My favorite quote is "The glory of God is man fully alive." -St. Irenaeus

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Mike Stigall, Executive Pastor of Ministry

"Loving people for where they are in order to lead them to where they can be." This statement is my passion and my purpose as I have learned that everyone has a story. My heart's desire is to help each person connect their story with God's story so that they may be completely free by walking in a day by day, moment by moment thriving relationship with Jesus no matter what circumstances are surrounding them. I am abundantly blessed and grateful to share my life journey with my wife Sally, son Eric and daughter Jenna. We are a family that loves to cook, garden, enjoy the great outdoors and of course The Ohio State Buckeyes.

One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10; "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
Connecting to this reality has been transformational within my life.

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Raphael Yutzy, Worship Pastor

I have attended Grace since 2010 and have been on staff at Grace since 2014. My wife, Regina, and I were married in 2008. We have three sons. My favorite hobbies are watching football and golf.

My favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20-21. 'Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.'

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Ben Raber, Pastor of Discipleship

I have been married to Mabel for more than 25 years. We have a son, Andie, who is married and living in Sugarcreek with his wife, Amy.

Since my conversion, my passion has been, and continues to be, helping set people free from spiritual and religious bondage (darkness) and pointing people to freedom in Jesus (light). My favorite Bible verse is II Timothy 1:12

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Anita Miller, Director of Operations

I have been attending Grace for several years and have been full-time on staff since January 2017.

Some of my favorite things are music, art, creativity with crafts, freshly ground hot coffee, dark chocolate, spending time with friends and visiting family in Columbus.

My background in business has widened my world and those experiences have taught me that God knows the plans He has in mind for me, plans to prosper and not harm me, plans for hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11).

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Kendra Kaufman, Director of 58:12 Rescue

I am in love with Pastor Larry and married him in 1995. We have 5 kids, fulfilling my dream of being a mother! As a young girl, I felt God’s call on my life to serve Him in ministry. I am the Director of 58:12 Rescue, a safe home for vulnerable women and children who have been devastated by physical and/or sexual abuse. Our vision is to help our residents pursue healing, gain confidence, and reach their full potential.
www.5812rescue.com

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Isaiah 58:12

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Matt Yoder, Director of Student Ministry

I have attended Grace basically all of my life. It is an honor to be able to serve and be a part of the church I have grown up in. Some of my hobbies include a quality round of golf and fishing.

A favorite verse of mine is Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

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Charity Mishler, Director of Kid's Ministry

As a previous Early Childhood Education major at Cedarville University, I am extremely excited to work with the kids here at Grace! My goal is to help them grow and inspire each child in a fun and creative way to shine their light for Jesus.

I enjoy anything chocolate, vacation, singing, outdoor adventures, fitness, and spending time with friends and family.

My favorite Bible passage is 2 Cor. 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

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Amy Raber, Front Office & Rental Coordinator

I married my wonderful husband in 2011, and have been at Grace since 2014. Some of my hobbies include being outdoors and crafting.

My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4: 6-8, ‘Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’

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Katelyn Lubwama, Web, Graphics, & Social Media Coordinator

I have attended Grace for most of my life and married my best friend, Silvester, in 2015. We met and got married in Uganda, Africa and lived there for a few years before moving to the U.S. We love living out our dreams together.

One of my favorite verses has been Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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Emily Byler, Ministry Team Coordinator

I grew up attending Grace Church on a regular basis and have been happily married to my husband, Billy, since 2017. I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors. The ocean is my happy place. My passion in life is to love on others no matter the circumstances. We > I. Oneness is how we win.

A verse I strive to live by is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres."

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Ken Grate, Director of Finance

My faith journey has taken me from roots in Nazarene and Friends churches in Northeastern Ohio where I came to surrender my heart to the Lord, to an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus through sound Biblical teaching and solid Christian friendships in Mennonite churches here in Holmes County. I have found that the only “church” name that matters is “Christ-Followers” which is refreshingly evident here at Grace.

Sheila and I met at Malone University, and have spent the last 26+ years growing closer together and raising two awesome sons, Tyler and Adam, who make us so proud as they are developing their own faith journeys.

I enjoy doing anything outdoors, even just working around the house. But, preferred activity would involve nice green grass and a little white ball, that never seems to go where I want it to!

A verse that has kind of become my life verse that I strive to live by is Col. 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord…”. I want to give Him my best, because He has given His all.

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Mabel Raber, Director of Guest Services

I am married to Ben Raber and enjoy cooking, working in the flower beds, and spending time with family. My passion is to create an environment in our church that makes all feel welcome.

One of my favorite bible verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

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Caleb Miller, Worship Gathering Coordinator

My wife, Ariel, and I have been attending Grace since 2014 and got married at the church in 2016. I work part-time as a firefighter and EMT while running my own woodworking business. My goal as worship gathering coordinator is to create an environment to help connect the body of Christ with their Almighty Creator.

One of my favorite verses is 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

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