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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!

Senior Pastor, Rev. Sherry L. Gale, Ph.D.

Pastor Sherry believes we are all beloved children of God.  We each have gifts and abilities to be developed and shared together in community with one another.  The gifts, abilities, and experiences of each of us are needed to shape a world of justice, peace and love.  Each of us plays an integral role in continuing to mold the world into the beauty, abundance, peace and harmony God has always desired.  Pastor Sherry is thrilled to be serving Grace Church where her values and vision are widely shared.  She is grateful for the journey she shares with her children and her community – a journey that continues to inspire and challenge and transform her.

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.

Youth Ministry
Co-Directors,
Hope Grandy
& Jared Grandy

I am better known as Ms. Hope to many. As a mother of five now adult children and six grandchildren, I have loved working with children and youth at home and in ministry for many years. The most recent opportunity to work in the Youth Ministry at Grace Church as a Co-Director with my son, Jared Grandy is an awesome blessing and absolute joy. I appreciate the youth and the Youth Ministry at Grace and am excited about introducing more of the community to our Youth Ministry.

Jared Grandy is a father and law school graduate. He values curiosity and critical thought above all. He hopes to exhibit and teach the love of Jesus – imparting upon young people the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of all, as taught by our Lord and Savior. Youth will be challenged to think beyond the parameters of traditional doctrine in hopes that they can fully appreciate the word of God and how it is and always will be relevant to our society.

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.

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