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Come, experience Grace.

Grace Church is a faith community in the heart of Dayton seeking to follow Christ’s examples of love, peace and justice. We are a diverse urban community of persons who value connecting to God and to one another. We believe that it is good to question and to seek. We may not always believe the same as one another, but the people of Grace Church believe in God’s love and in one another. Grace is for everyone!

Come, experience Grace.

Grace Church is a faith community in the heart of Dayton seeking to follow Christ’s examples of love, peace and justice. We are a diverse urban community of persons who value connecting to God and to one another. We believe that it is good to question and to seek. We may not always believe the same as one another, but the people of Grace Church believe in God’s love and in one another. Grace is for everyone!

Sr. Pastor Don Wilson

Pastor Don is a native of South Carolina, where he grew up on a farm, he tells us. He graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, with a B.S. in political science. He earned his Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, OH. He began his professional life as a community developer and is experienced in community organizing and development, economic development, and youth organizing and social action. Before being ordained in the United Methodist Church, he worked as a church administrator and as an intern for the City of Trotwood, where he initiated a volunteer training program for residents.
All of these gifts and experience unite to make him well suited to serve as the Senior Pastor for Grace.

We are delighted to have him shepherd us. Our church community and our
neighborhood community will surely benefit from his guidance.

Sr. Pastor Don Wilson

Pastor Don is a native of South Carolina, where he grew up on a farm, he tells us. He graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, with a B.S. in political science. He earned his Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, OH. He began his professional life as a community developer and is experienced in community organizing and development, economic development, and youth organizing and social action. Before being ordained in the United Methodist Church, he worked as a church administrator and as an intern for the City of Trotwood, where he initiated a volunteer training program for residents.
All of these gifts and experience unite to make him well suited to serve as the Senior Pastor for Grace.

We are delighted to have him shepherd us. Our church community and our
neighborhood community will surely benefit from his guidance.

Children’s Ministry Director, Marcia Byrd

My goal with the ministry is to show kids that they can have fun while learning about who God is and how He loves and cares for them. It’s so exciting to see the children connect and grow in Christ. I feel that it is important to introduce the word of God early to create a strong foundation that kids can build on through their adult years. It is great to be a part of their journey.

Children’s Ministry Director, Marcia Byrd

My goal with the ministry is to show kids that they can have fun while learning about who God is and how He loves and cares for them. It’s so exciting to see the children connect and grow in Christ. I feel that it is important to introduce the word of God early to create a strong foundation that kids can build on through their adult years. It is great to be a part of their journey.

Worship Arts Director, Charis Weible

Charis Weible grew up with a worship director and pastor father and an artistic, musical mother. When it was time to make career decisions, Charis chose the arts: theatre, primarily, and eventually mostly costume design. She graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor of Arts in theatre in 2012, and has been working full time in the arts since 2013. She first started singing with the Grace Church choir in 2016, and immediately fell in love with the people and the church. She is currently the head of wardrobe for live entertainment at Kings Island, and a member of the performing arts staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. She is so excited to come back to her first love of music in this new role helping to broaden the worship experiences at Grace Church. In her free time, Charis can be found at the gym, playing with her dog, Penelope, cooking, or dreaming up new wild adventures.

Worship Arts Director, Charis Weible

Charis Weible grew up with a worship director and pastor father and an artistic, musical mother. When it was time to make career decisions, Charis chose the arts: theatre, primarily, and eventually mostly costume design. She graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor of Arts in theatre in 2012, and has been working full time in the arts since 2013. She first started singing with the Grace Church choir in 2016, and immediately fell in love with the people and the church. She is currently the head of wardrobe for live entertainment at Kings Island, and a member of the performing arts staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. She is so excited to come back to her first love of music in this new role helping to broaden the worship experiences at Grace Church. In her free time, Charis can be found at the gym, playing with her dog, Penelope, cooking, or dreaming up new wild adventures.

Church Administrator, Lisa Pelphrey

Hello! My name is Lisa Pelphrey, and I am the Church Administrator at Grace Church. I joined the team at Grace Church in 2011. I have always believed that God places people and experiences in your path to guide you. My mission is to help facilitate the administrative needs of the church all while serving the people and programs of Grace Church. I feel blessed to have been led to Grace Church and to serve the amazing people of Grace and the surrounding neighborhood.

Church Administrator, Lisa Pelphrey

Hello! My name is Lisa Pelphrey, and I am the Church Administrator at Grace Church. I joined the team at Grace Church in 2011. I have always believed that God places people and experiences in your path to guide you. My mission is to help facilitate the administrative needs of the church all while serving the people and programs of Grace Church. I feel blessed to have been led to Grace Church and to serve the amazing people of Grace and the surrounding neighborhood.

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