Brian Cain
Lead Pastor

Brian has been in full-time ministry since 1987. He has been a licensed minister with the Foursquare Church since 1989.

With extensive experience in youth, young adult and adult ministries, Brian stepped into the role of Lead Pastor of Grace Place in July of 2010. With a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Southern California College and a Masters degree in New Testament theology from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Brian brings both a theological perspective and a people sensitive approach to ministry. Brian and his wife, Carolyn, have been married since 1991 and have 5 children, Samantha, Michaela, Tessa, Eliana and the man-child, Levi.

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Samantha Gerhart
Associate Pastor

Samantha has attended Grace Place since 2018 and serves as the Associate Pastor.

Samantha grew up as a pastor’s kid and has served in various areas of ministry throughout her life.  At a young age she felt God calling her into ministry and she is grateful to have the opportunity to live out that calling here at Grace Place.  She loves to help organize women’s events, lead Bible studies, help people find areas to connect and serve within the church, and she has a passion for teaching and communicate God’s word.

Samantha is currently working towards her bachelors degree in Biblical Theology.  She has been married to her husband, Will, since 2008.  They have two sons, William and Ethan.

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Shawna Short
Children's Ministry Director

Shawna serves as the Children's Ministry Director of Grace Place.  Shawna has been honored to work with kids in a variety of ways, as a Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school volunteer, youth director, and public school and home school teacher.  She has yet to meet a kid she didn't like.

She and her husband, Kim, have two children, Davey and Annie.  Shawna also has a bachelors degree in liberal studies and a masters degree in education from Fresno State.

One of Shawna's favorite verses is Psalm 127:3 "Children are a gift from God."

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Nathan and Brenna Conner
Youth Directors

Nathan and Brenna met at a College Group in 2018 and got married in 2021. Nathan grew up as a Pastor's kid in the mountains of Coarsegold. He is currently a welder/fabricator in a local shop.  Brenna was raised in Clovis and finished High School at Clovis High. She recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in health administration. 

Nathan and Brenna found Grace Place in 2020 and became the Young Adults leaders in 2021. They answered the call to serve our youth and are excited to enter into this next season of ministry. They will continue to lead our Young Adults as well. They have both felt a calling to step up and serve our community. They are committed to telling others about who God is and what He has done. 

Church Council
Bob Orcutt, Andy Shanley, Frank Urias, Rayshelle Isaak, Lynda Peters, and Monica Allison.

Our Business Council is a dedicated group of individuals who want to serve and give guidance to the Pastors of Grace Place.