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Mike McDaniel

Lead Pastor

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Why are you a part of GPC? Leading a movement that embraces change while holding to the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) creates a fun and dynamic environment. Our faith community loves the community of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri caring for real needs. At the same time we are a church without borders, and we are doing all we can to mobilize our members to the nations of the most unreached peoples.

Tell about your journey to GPC. Having grown up in NWA, I have known the area at its core. I spent 15 years out of the area pursuing my education and vocation, finishing my Doctor of Ministry Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. Though the degrees may have stopped, learning hasn’t.  I am a leader with an incurable desire to learn.

What do you do for fun? Having been in over 28 countries and 40 of the 50 states, it’s safe to say I like to get out and travel! I also work out just about daily through Crossfit, and I am an certified Level 1 Crossfit Trainer.

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Randy Willis

Executive Pastor

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Why are you a part of GPC? I love Grace Point’s vision and heartbeat for the world and for those that are finding their way to God. Grace Point’s passion for not “doing church as usual” is compelling, as is the environment that challenges everyone to continuously seek a more intimate, more dynamic relationship with Jesus.

Tell about your journey to GPC. I was in business with IBM for 31 years, but I was actively involved in my church as a teacher, a discipler, and a missions leader. When my time with IBM ended, God clearly called me to GPC via Isaiah 55:2 “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

What do you do for fun? Sports of almost any kind – and I’m usually game for adventure and adrenaline.

 

 

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Caleb Gabriele

Global Advancement/Community Care

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Why are you a part of GPC? Obedience. It really is that simple. God has created opportunity after opportunity for my family to join HIM where HE is already at work. God is doing incredible things at GPC and through GPC and my desire is to lead my family where HE wants us to be and it couldn’t be more clear to my wife and I that we ARE exactly where HE wants us.


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: I’m what some may refer to as “home grown” since I’ve been in NWA my entire life. Not yet having a specific calling into ministry, I entered into Ozark Christian College straight out of high school with more of a passion for construction. During a 10 year career in Residential Construction, God was molding me and shaping me for something I never dreamed of – a love and passion and deep desire to be in vocational ministry serving HIM and following HIM wherever HE would lead me next.  My family has been at GPC for eight years and I’ve been on staff for almost five of those and I honestly feel like my journey has just begun.


What do you do for fun? Hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, four-wheeling, etc. Most of the time I can’t have a conversation without talking about deer hunting. Football athletes study film before a game. I study film before a hunt. : ) Even talking about it right now is getting me excited for my next hunt. “My name is Caleb, and I am addicted to Bow-Hunting!”

Pastoral Staff

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Andrew Brown

Worship Pastor

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Why are you a part of GPC?

Grace Point is an incredible community of believers who desire to see the name of Jesus lifted high in our community and in our world. That desire is so clearly and intentionally woven into the fiber of the church, in everything from Sunday morning messages to the Global Adventure Trips around the earth. I am unbelievably thankful to be a part of such a strategic and compassionate body.

 

Tell about your journey to GPC.

Out of college, I began working in Student Ministries at my home church. After four years, the church’s leadership asked me to more fully utilize my worship gifts as the Director of Contemporary Worship. It quickly became clear to me that leading worship was the thing that God had created me for. Shortly after Easter 2016, I heard about the Worship Pastor position at GPC and immediately felt that the Lord might be up to something cool. Four months and several conversations later, I was called by the church to join the Pastoral team. It’s been an awesome and humbling experience, and I am thrilled to see what God has planned for the future of GPC.

 

What do you do for fun?

Music. Music. Music. I love listening to it, playing it, and I’ve even been known to rock a mean game of Guitar Hero. My wife, Stephanie, and I also love spending time with our Mini Australian Shepherd, Ruby (who is a Frisbee Master)! Oh, and….Fantasy Football!!!!

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Brooke Bryant

Director of Women’s Ministries

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Why are you a part of GPC? I believe that God calls us to be a part of a local church. I want to be obedient to God and be a part of a local body in order to grow personally, as well as represent Him well on earth by ministering to our community, our nation, and other nations. God has given me a passion to aid in the restoration of families in our nation. GPC has given me many opportunities to use the gifts that God has given me. I work alongside my husband in the student ministry discipling teenagers, use my counseling degree to come alongside individuals and families, write spoken word pieces that remind the church body of God’s Truth, and finally, provide families a safe, loving, Christ-centered learning environment for their children through Kindle Mom’s Day Out and Weekday Preschool. Grace Point believes “every member is a minister and every ministry is meaningful.”


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: As a girl from Georiga, I never thought I would end up living in Arkansas! I had never even heard of Bentonville. I met my Texan husband Wade while we were studying at Dallas Theological Seminary. Upon his graduation, he was given an opportunity to interview at GPC. We both came to Bentonville for that interview, and fell in love with the church and the community. We have been here for almost six years, and we are so glad God brought us to a place we never expected.


What do you do for fun? I love spending time with my family. I enjoy singing, dancing, traveling, writing, and DIY projects. Coffee, dessert, or shopping with friends always brightens my day! What fuels me most is being able to teach others what God teaches me through His word.

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Wade Bryant

High School/Emerging Generations

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Why are you a part of GPC? I have the amazing privilege to be a part of leading and shaping the next generation of Christ-followers and world changers here at Grace Point. My life verse is Psalm 71:17-18, which says “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, until I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.” I have so much more left to declare and I am passionate about coming alongside the High Schoolers and Emerging Generations to proclaim the one true God.


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: I am a Texas boy, born and raised.  In 6th Grade, I was invited to a pre-teen camp called “Mission Possible” (that should give you an era).  At that camp God placed it on my heart to be a Youth Pastor, before I was even in youth.  Since that summer, God has continually placed ministry opportunities and people along my path to grow in the calling He put on my life.  After completing my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, while starting a Church in Howe, Texas – God led me to Dallas Theological Seminary where I met my wife (Brooke) and received my Masters in Christian Education in Youth Ministry.  I met Mike in a Starbucks near campus and God called me to Grace Point in June of 2009.


What do you do for fun? My wife and I enjoy going to the trails and the bark park with our kiddos Zion and Oaklynn Mae, and our Pug named Otis and deaf French Bulldog named Olive.  I am an avid Disc Golf player (take me please).  I enjoy playing golf, tennis, hunting, and hiking.  On a rainy day, I love curling up to a good… movie.

 

 

 

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Kevin Crow

Junior High Ministries

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Why are you a part of GPC? I believe in the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ for all who are willing to accept it and I can think of no better mission in life than to lead others to this truth through relationship building and eventually being a part of fostering their growth in Christ through discipleship.

Tell about your journey to Grace Point: Before becoming a member of Grace Point, I have had many opportunities to be involved in youth ministry in a variety of settings. From working at summer camps in Arkansas and Texas to being a guide in Colorado. These experiences have given me a holistic view of the needs of youth and strategies that are effective in engaging them in ministry. I enjoy providing high-energy, entertaining programs that keep youth engaged, while contributing to learning at the same time. I embrace the awkwardness of the teenage years and encourage them not to take themselves too seriously. Through my work at the Boys & Girls Club I have also been able to see the importance of parent involvement and the effect the status of the child’s home life can have on their specific needs. While I believe in fun and entertaining methods of ministry to engage youth, the ultimate priority is pointing them to a very real and accessible God. My education at Dallas Theological Seminary has provided me a sound biblical foundation of truth and a passion for portraying the Word in a relatable and unintimidating way.

What do you do for fun?  Growing as a father and husband; spending time in the outdoors camping, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking; A Razorback and Cardinal baseball fan!

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Daniel Franklin

Men’s Ministries

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Why are you a part of GPC? I love the mission of GPC and how as members everyone is challenged to love God to their fullest. That love for Him produces ministry and missions both locally and globally. GPC encourages people to step out of their comfort zones and be more than spectators.


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: My wife and I like to say that we are missionaries from the Great State of Texas. We answered God’s call to be part of the church in 2006 as my wife joined the Staff as the Director of Children’s ministries. God has continually put the men of GPC on my heart as I have led several men’s events and small groups over the past few years. As my heart for men continued to grow so did the opportunities to serve and I officially joined the pastoral team in October 2014 as the Director of Men’s Ministries.


What do you do for fun?  I love my family! When I have free time I am hanging out and playing with my beautiful wife (LeAudra) and my two sons (Cooper and Colby). Family Movie and Game Nights are a regular occurrence in our home. We also love sports and the outdoors. I love untangling fishing poles and taking fish off of hooks while my family goes fishing.

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LeAudra Franklin

Elementary Ministries

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Why are you a part of GPC? Grace Point is family. It’s not just a place to belong and serve but a family that loves big and wide. We love NWA and we love the nations. We take the great commandment and the great commission seriously and we do it together.


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: I love kids and their natural ability to discover. My heart and calling is to help kids discover a relationship with Jesus. After praying and seeking where we were to GO, my husband and I moved from Texas so that I could join the pastoral team as the Children’s Director in 2006. I stepped away for a little while to stay at home with my two boys and then in 2014 came back on staff.


What do you do for fun? Hang out with my two boys and husband. We are either watching movies or playing games on family fun Fridays, going fishing and enjoying nature, or playing baseball. I also love to sit on my back deck and read books, ride my bike and go “treasure hunting” (AKA antique shopping).

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Ann Lawrenz

Director of Female Students

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Why are you a part of GPC? When we moved here, my family and I wanted to belong to a church in NWA where the members were in authentic community with each other, had a heart for the Lord and His people, a passion to make His name known locally and globally, and a desire to teach the Word in truth and love. That is Grace Point. We knew that on our first visit, God was calling us to make Grace Point our church home. 


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: I was in the corporate world for thirteen years in another state until God called my family and me to embark on a new adventure by moving to Arkansas for my husband’s job. After God planted us at Grace Point, I jumped into the FORGE ministry head-first by going to summer camp and then continuing to serve regularly in several capacities within the youth ministry. I have a heart for students and my prayer is that through mentoring, discipling, and coming alongside our female students, they will grow in deeper intimacy and relationship with Christ, develop strengthened fellowship with each other, and possess a yearning to serve others as kingdom workers in our community and abroad.  


What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my husband and son. We love the outdoors and especially all things lake related. Any time I get an opportunity to hang out with the girls of FUSION or FORGE is time well-spent and treasured. I like cycling, hiking, and Crossfitting with my friends and I also enjoy cooking for my family and others. 

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Collin Littlejohn

Student Worship Pastor

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Tim Logan

Curator of Arts/Media Outreach

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Why are you a part of GPC? It’s the latest chapter in my journey, and one that’s been many years in the making (read below). My calling, discovered when I made the very real decision to follow Christ in 1981, was to serve God by whatever means and in whatever place He would choose. Right now, that place is here in Bentonville at Grace Point Church. This church is one of the most vibrant churches I’ve ever known, and it’s a privilege to call it home and to work with the amazing staff member and “member-ministers” who call it home as well. 


Tell about your journey to Grace Point: I first met Mike McDaniel (upon my arrival at First Baptist Church of Rogers as their new Minister of Music in 1986) when he was a Junior in High School. Our relationship became strong, and I count it one of the greatest honors of my life to have him call and ask me to help him at Grace Point. It took me a few years to take that challenge, but I arrived in 2006 to help with music, then moved to media ministry a couple of years after. It’s a blast!


What do you do for fun? I paint, draw, doodle, and scribble a lot. Art has become much more a part of my life in the last few years (www.TimLoganArt.com). I love being with my wife, Leslie, who is the most amazing woman I have ever known, my three wonderful children (and their spouses/girlfriend), and my perfect grandchildren, of which there are four. So far. And I walk a lot.

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Dena McConnell

Preschool Ministries

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Why are you a part of GPC? 

The first time we visited GPC we knew it was a church we wanted to be a part of.  After visiting a couple more times and going through NorthPoint that was confirmed. We saw that GPC leaders and members were passionate about authenticity, community, serving, and sharing the gospel locally and globally.

 


Tell about your journey to Grace Point. 

It just felt like home to us, it was where we wanted to bring our children to church to lean about Jesus and how to love like He does, it was a place where Brooks and I could be challenged in our faith, prayed over in difficult life circumstances, supported in raising our family, and growing closer in our marriage.  GPC is about living and loving like JESUS and I am so thankful to be a part of it.

God began working in my heart during the Experiencing God study, I began thinking, reflecting on where was God working around me, why am I teaching, and am I where God wants me to be.  During this time, God was moving and working in my life and in my family in directions we had no idea we were headed. Through some of those challenges, life circumstances God was teaching me again to trust Him and believe He had a plan, I just needed to wait and rest in Him.

Children and families have always been a passion of mine. I began my career in teaching for that reason, but God was steering my passion in a different direction. I love littles and their families and the thought of me getting to partner with them and encourage them in the journey of raising warriors for Christ overwhelms my heart with joy and thanksgiving. I am so excited about this new adventure!


What do you do for fun?

For fun I like to hang out with my family, we love to laugh and be silly!  I also enjoy being outside, reading, and hanging out with friends.

 

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Sierra Scott

Music Associate/Children’s Worship

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Why are you a part of GPC? 

Grace Point is a church that is intentional, outward focused and rooted in scripture. It doesn’t venture off to be led by man’s desires, thoughts or ambitions but instead is a church that is constantly seeking the Lord in every matter. It’s a church filled with people who are transparently broken, but who whole heartedly continue seek and point to the one and only perfect and holy one.  They accept me where I am, and continue to challenge me to go deeper in my walk with Jesus.

 


Tell about your journey to Grace Point. 

I had been searching for a church home, trying to find the place God was calling me to. After trying various churches, something was different when I came to Grace Point. In a room full of people I hadn’t yet even had a chance to meet, something was different. They already felt like family. Prior to my initial visit at Grace Point, I knew I was called to worship ministry, but assumed it would be quite a number of years before I had an opportunity to do so. The willingness of this church to develop, grow and present opportunities for those who have a heart to serve in areas where they feel called, was the point in which I knew this place was one in which God gave me to call home.


What do you do for fun?

I love taking spontaneous road trips and traveling when I can. I enjoy checking out the local music scene and going to concerts. I love hiking, painting, and especially enjoy a good and competitive race of Go-Carts! Making the most of time with friends and those whom God has blessed me within my life is always a priority as well!

 

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Patty Seal

Special Needs Ministry

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Why are you a part of GPC? 

Grace Point is a home and family that is welcoming and safe. It is a family that does not judge, but accepts me as I am and where I am in my life and spiritual journey. It is a family of fellow believers that guide me, challenge me and hold me accountable in my faith. I love the passion and dedication to ministry and mission, both locally and globally. I know I am in a place where I will grow and enrich my relationship with God.


Tell about your journey to Grace Point. 

I have been blessed to work with the most amazing students and families as a Special Education teacher for 25 years. After retiring, I prayed for direction as to “what’s next?” My husband, David and I were also looking for a church home and family. While continuing to seek a deeper relationship with God and spending more time with Him, He answered. He called us to Grace Point through our son, Adam, who knew Mike McDaniel through CrossFit. It had also been in the heart of LeAudra Franklin to create a ministry for children with special needs. Again, God blessed me, he brought us together and the ministry has become a reality. Through this ministry, God has given us the opportunity to serve by walking alongside our families and growing in our faith together. Every person is a unique creation of God having gifts to share with others.


What do you do for fun?

Hang out with my husband, David, of 32 years. We enjoy canoeing, hiking, camping and exploring nature. We love to spend time with our daughter, Samantha and son, Adam (when they are in town). I also enjoy swimming, biking, being with my friends and spending time on our back deck. It’s like a treehouse!

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