Larry Linsenmaier, Lead Pastor
God’s love called me to Grace allowing me the honor to serve as our Lead Pastor. I am responsible for giving direction in creating, casting, and maintaining our core ideology and making sure that all of our ministries are aligned with that ideology. I am also responsible for weekend preaching and giving leadership and supervision to the staff. I am passionate about people and the favorite part of my call is to be able to share the Greatest News ever given with other people and then see the love of Christ change them. When I’m not working I love hanging out with my kids, and doing whatever I can to be around my hero, my wife Elma. We love movies, vacations, food, and friends.
Stephanie Parker, Office Administrator
At the early age of 5 years old my mom enrolled me in dance classes and I developed a love for ballet, tap, and jazz. I also had a friend who was persistent in bringing me to church, but I never understood the need for Jesus until I had children. At that time, I knew there was something missing and began my search for answers. Today Jesus is my Savior, my life, and my salvation. In addition to my administrative duties at Grace, I teach dance to people of all ages at my studio “Step In Style.” I was called to Grace Covenant four years ago. Anthony, Savannah, and Sierra are my wonderful children. I consider Grace Covenant as my second family and don‚t know what I‚d do without their love and support.
Kelly Gibson, Director of Children’s Ministries
Have you ever seen the hand of God move so dramatically that it truly leaves you amazed? It was a God thing four years ago when Michael and I and our four children were called to Grace Covenant. This happened as a direct result from the prayers of the faithful people of Grace, to minister through a Kids Club called AWANA. I grew up in the AWANA program and have been playing with and ministering to kids and teens for over 20 years now. I don‚t think that there is a greater pleasure in this life than to see people, tall ones and small ones give their lives to Jesus and then use their gifts & talents in Ministry & Service. It is an honor to serve you and your family as your children’s director and I would Love, Love, Love to meet you. So come on by.
Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D. B.C.E.T.S. - Counseling Ministry
I began life as an “accident”, so the first 10 months of life remains a mystery to me. However, in God’s eyes there are no accidents and I was adopted, while still a baby, by a loving Christian couple where I accepted Jesus as my Savior at an early age. As a teen, I had a passion for winning souls which ultimately led me to a Bible College, then into missionary work with Native Americans. Later in life, the Lord led me into the secular environment, where I worked as a writer/editor, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, career counselor, psychotherapist, and professional seminar speaker. For the last ten years, I’ve traveled the United States training health care professionals, pastors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, hospice counselors, Christian counselors, Police force employees, and other occupations who work with populations that experience trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and grief/ depression. I am thrilled to now be a part of Grace and offer counseling services and seminars. I look forward to assisting you with any life problems you may be experiencing. Please feel free to contact me with any painful burdens, and with the Lord’s guidance, we will work through them together.
Doris Kelley, Business Manager
I joined the staff at Grace Covenant in 2006 as the part-time bookkeeper/accountant. My background is in accounting and I have held positions in auto dealerships, schools, and non-profit organizations. I was blessed to take a sabbatical from full-time accounting to become a care-giver to my lovely Grandmother. When she passed away in May of 2013, I had somewhat lost my footing and purpose. But it wasn’t to be for very long. The position of Business Manager opened up here at Grace providing me with more hours and greater challenges. I am back in the environment that I enjoy. God’s timing is always just right! I am married to my husband of 35 years, Rob. I have 3 grown children all married to wonderful spouses, and 7 grandchildren.