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.
Samantha has attended Grace Place since 2018 and serves as the Pastor of Evangelism and Administration.
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.
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."
Sean has been attending Grace Place since 2017 and serves as the Jr. High and High School Youth Director.
Sean's vision for the youth is to help them enter into a personal relationship with Jesus. From engaging activities, interactive messages, scripture memorization, and leading worship. Sean and his wife Ashley have three children, Elizabeth, Emory, and Benjamine.
Jerry and Janet help to oversee ministries that care for the people of our church and the community around us.
Jerry has a heart for the sick and ailing. He spends much of his time making hospital and home visits. Jerry also helps with church finances and any other administrative tasks as needed. Janet is the director of our Curb to Core Ministry, which focuses on helping new guests get connected into the community of our church. Jerry and Janet have been attending Grace Place since 2010. They enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.
Our Business Council is a dedicated group of individuals who want to serve and give guidance to the Pastors of Grace Place.