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Pastors & Staff

Dave Groleau

Interim Pastor

Dave and Brenda have been married for almost 45 years and have served together in formal ministry for 37 of  those years. Dave has served churches in urban and suburban Chicago, Long Island, and rural Iowa. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary, along with a Master of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dave has a passion for the local church and is excited for the opportunity to serve Grace during this unique season. 

Joe bennett

Worship/Young Adults Minister

Joe and his wife Chloe are parents to their son Judah. They graduated from Cedarville University, where they met and traveled together on Cedarville’s touring worship teams.  Joe is currently pursuing his M.Div. through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and he and Chloe could not be more excited to be at a church that is serious about being real and growing together in the Word of God.

Josiah smith

Youth/Communications Minister

Josiah and his wife Mackenzie graduated from Cedarville University before getting married in August of 2018. While attending there, Josiah studied both Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Josiah is also currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is passionate about seeing youth become true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Both Josiah and Mackenzie have a passion for ministry, and are beyond excited to be a part of what God is doing at Grace Bible Church.

Tamara Avery

Office Administrator 

Tamara and her husband Darren have been active members of Grace Bible Church
for 20 years and have served in many ministries. They also enjoy the blessings of 4
children. Tamara especially enjoys serving the church with her family in
Youth Group, Children's Ministry, Worship Team, Upward Basketball, and Life
Group. They love the people of this church and desire to serve God in a way
that will glorify him.

Mackenzie Smith

Director of Children's Ministry 

Bio coming soon. 

Kate Hocking


Ashley Forquer

Nursery Director 

Ashley Forquer has faithfully served in the children’s ministry at Grace for over 16 years and has loved every minute of it. She says her favorite thing is getting to take care of everyone’s precious children while simultaneously connecting with and serving alongside countless others. We appreciate Ashley’s servants heart and her passion to care for our kids at Grace!

Don Eversole

Media Director