GRACE POINT CHURCH MEMBER LEADERSHIP

Grace Point Church employs a system of mutual accountability in our leadership structure. Our pastor works in tandem with the Deacons and Trustees to ensure that all Grace Point ministries adhere to a strict standard of ethics and morals, based upon Scriptural teachings concerning the leadership offices, structure, governance, and purposes of the church.

Our Pastoral Team casts the vision and sets the direction toward our church’s stated mission, while the Deacons and Trustees preserve the integrity and efficiency of the path the church travels.

Our Deacons  and Trustees are elected for three-year terms. They are nominated by the church body and are vetted by the Lead Pastor. Those who emerge from that process are voted upon by the church body at our annual Church Strategy Meeting.

What is a DEACON? A church deacon is one of two offices established in Scripture (the other being the pastor) and they are required to be “servants,” (Acts 6:2). The are appointed to assist the pastor in meeting the needs of the church body. They are not a “board,” nor are they the same as elders. They are not the “decision-makers” for the church, but they do serve as a sounding-board and in an advisory capacity for the Pastor and staff. Scripture tells us that they are to be doctrinally sound, live a clean and holy life, love the brethren, manage their family well, be temperate, not be divorced, and have a clear testimony of salvation (I Timothy 3:8-13).

What is a TRUSTEE? Our Trustees serve as a financial oversight body, working with and advising the Lead Pastor, Pastoral Team, and Deacons as they collaborate to manage our ministry budget and forecast future needs. They are men or women who have proven themselves trustworthy and knowledgeable not only in their professional life, but in church matters and in their homes, as well. They carefully examine and monitor all financial matters concerning the church.

Grace Point DEACONS

Brian Moore (2019) – Brian has been a member of Grace Point since 2006. He and Emily have been married for 21 years and have three boys Ben (16), Matt (14) and Jack (11). Brian works at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a clinical social worker with a focus on Veterans who struggle from severe mental illness. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas in the School of Social Work. His wife Emily is a second grade teacher with the Springdale School District, focusing on the underserved minority population. As a family, they have been involved with foster care and the Mosaic Ministry. To date, they have served over 20 foster children in their home. They love serving in Wee World and attending the McCoy’s Communitas Group.

Steven Sanders (2019) – The Sanders family has been attending Grace Point since 2007. Steven is a physical therapist and business owner of Premiere Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab in Bentonville. He and his wife Amy have three children, Emily, Abbey Kate, and Luke. Steven served as a Grace Point Trustee in the past and is currently involved in the First Impressions Ministry. Amy serves in the Children’s Ministry. Steven enjoys playing golf, tennis and coaching his kids basketball teams.

Josh Holck (2020) –Josh grew up in Minnesota as a pastor’s kid and went south for college to Iowa State University. He has been married to Lis for 11 years and they have three children ranging in age from 2 to 6. He has worked for Hormel Foods for 11 years in sales and marketing. The Holcks joined GPC in 2014. They lead a Communitas Group and serve in Wee World.

Justen Traweek (2020) –The Traweeks first joined GPC in 2007. Justen has served as an usher, a greeter, and taught kindergarten and first grade. They led a Communitas Group and he served as a deacon until they relocated to Pennsylvania in 2010, then to Texas for six years, and came back to our area last summer. In the past two years, Traweek family members have participated in several Global Adventures. GPC has played a huge role in Justen’s desire to live on mission, whether locally in his position at Walmart or to the nations. Justen and Stephanie have three children.

Andre Moore (2021) – Born and raised on the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago off the northern coast of South America, Andre migrated to the United States to pursue higher level education at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He was recruited by Tyson Foods at the completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and relocated to Northwest Arkansas to begin his career and earned a Master’s Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas. He is now the Senior Customer Development Manager at Unilever. 

Andre is married to Regine, and they have one son, Isaac. Andre is involved in Fusion Student Ministry, serves on the First Impressions Team, and has participated in a Global Adventure to Mali.

Rob Whorton (2021) – Rob and his wife, Dawn, have been members of Grace Point Church since 2004. They have been married 25 years and have two sons and a daughter. Rob has served as a Deacon, Communitas Leader, in Wee World, and in Kid Nation. He has led several Global Adventures to New Day Orphanage in Zambia and will lead a Global Adventure to Japan in October. He currently serves as an Usher. Dawn is the Assistant Financial Administrator at Grace Point Church and serves in the Special Needs ministry. Rob is the Physical Plant Manager at Thaden School in Bentonville.  

Grace Point TRUSTEES

Mark McCoy (2019) – Mark has been a member of Grace Point since 2007. He and Tricia have been married for 9 years and have a daughter, Catie Grace (6).  Mark also has a son, Matt (25), who works for Sony in San Diego, CA. Mark is employed at Arvest Bank in their Special Assets Department working with Commercial Loans. Tricia is employed at Tyson Foods, Inc. as a Business Solution Architect in the Information Systems Department. Mark has volunteered with Special Olympics and coached in the Miracle League and currently serves on the Security Team at Grace Point. Tricia serves at the Wee World Registration desk and together they lead and love their Communitas group in Springdale.

Larry Weinberg (2019) – Larry has been a member of Grace Point Church since 2009. He and Gail have been married for 32 years and have two daughters, Brittany Baer (28, married to Tom Baer) and Kelly (25). Both Brittany and Kelly work for vendors and son-in-law Tom is employed at Walmart. Larry just celebrated his 20 years of service, (primarily in sales) at Hormel Foods, proud makers of SPAM, Muscle Milk and other delicacies. Larry has enjoyed being part of the First Impression Ministry and the Wee World Registration Desk for the past seven years while Gail enjoys being part of the Wee World Ministry. Gail and Larry have been blessed leading a Communitas Group for the past six years, and, along with their group, providing monthly meals to Soul’s Harbor in Rogers.

Mike Keller (2020)Mike and Nikki Keller have lived in NWA since 2004, having moved from Detroit to take a position with Walmart. They have been members of GPC for over 8 years. They have three daughters. He and Nikki have been involved with various ministries (Communitas Groups, Children’s Ministry, Missions, First impressions, etc.). Nikki is a part of the women’s ministry leadership team, leads a women’s bible study, and has gone on mission trips to Asia. Mike has been a Deacon at Grace Point for two years and currently leads a weekly men’s Bible study. He will be a part of the Zambia Global Adventure in October.

Mike is also a GPC Deacon.

Corey Thompson (2020)Corey and his wife, Katie, have been members of Grace Point since 2009. Corey and Katie have been married for 10 years and have two children, Madelyn (3) and Benjamin (1). Corey is the CEO of WattGlass, a research and development firm based in Fayetteville. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has a passion for seeing university research make an impact in the world. Katie taught 5th grade in the Springdale School District for 5 years, and recently joined WattGlass as operations manager. Since joining Grace Point, they have served in the coffee shop, led a Communitas Group, and served in children’s ministry.

Pat Halford (2021) – Pat and his wife Susan moved to Northwest Arkansas in January of 2014, joining Grace Point in October, 2015.  They have served as Leaders in the GPC College Ministry for about a year and are currently co-leading a Communitas Group with David and Melody Mills. Prior to moving to NWA, Pat was a Special Agent with the FBI for approximately 25 years in the field offices for Houston, Washington D.C. and Little Rock. He is now Director of Global Investigations with WalMart. He and Susan have been married 32+ years and have two daughters, Rachel and Abby, who both live in Little Rock. Abby is married and Rachel is engaged to be married in November of this year.

Kisha Smith (2021) – Kisha lived and worked most of her life in North Carolina, holding several positions in the field of
Human Resources. About four years ago, God opened a door for her family to relocate to Arkansas.
Kisha found the Lord at the age of eight, and she has a strong passion and desire to daily grow and develop in his grace. Kisha serves in our Worship ministry, is a part of our Missional Living WIN team, as well as a participant in our Women’s Ministry. She is enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary working towards a Masters in Christian Education with a focus on Women’s Ministry. Kisha also works to support women and young ladies in the Christian faith through her Professional Life Coaching services at Kisha’s Faithful Coaching. 

She is married to Marcus and they have have a daughter, Kylie (17) and a son, Santana (15).

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