Grace Point Church Elders

Biographies of our Elders

GPC Elders

Andrew Brown

Andrew and his wife, Stephanie, have been members of Grace Point Church since they moved here in 2016. Andrew serves as our Connection and Digital Engagement Pastor, where he oversees all parts of helping people take their initial steps at GPC. Stephanie manages operations at Milestone Leadership and serves within GPKids Preschool. They have one daughter, Ellis (5), who is quite possibly the most joy-filled kiddo you’ll ever meet. Their family loves hanging out with family, playing hard, and enjoying Razorback basketball.

Justin Ferguson

Justin and Lindsey Ferguson have been members of Grace Point Church for 12 years. They have served as small group leaders, in GP Kids, and Justin has been a deacon for the last year. They have two boys, Jace (7) and Canyon (5), and as a family, they deeply value their church family and all the relationships they have within this body. Justin is an avid fisherman and loves the outdoors and they spend a lot of time on their family farm raising cattle and enjoying all the adventures that brings.


Eric King, our Executive Pastor at Grace Point Church, a devoted leader with a profound commitment to discipleship, effective leadership, and the global mission of making disciples. Eric brings a rich history of mission work and church leadership, spanning over 25 years. With extensive experience in various ministries, including the International Mission Board and SEND ITL, Eric has consistently led and inspired teams to effectively lead in effective global disciple making. Eric holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Pensacola Christian College. Together with his wife, Mariah, Eric has enjoyed over 27 years of marriage and is the proud parent of three adult children—Micah, Caleb, and Amber.

Mike McDaniel

Mike is the Lead Pastor of Grace Point Church. He and his wife, Lori, planted Grace Point in 2001. They served in two churches before crossing cultures to train leaders and plant churches in Zambia, Africa. Mike and Lori have committed their lives to teaching God’s word, making disciples, and leading and equipping the church to advance the Gospel locally and globally. Continually seeking to learn, Mike has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and Lori has a Master of Arts Degree from Southeastern Seminary. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Together they love exploring new places, chilling in the outdoors, and eating nachos.

Kevin Olson

Kevin and Lisa have been married almost 29 years, and have two children, Caleb (24), and Anna (17). After moving from Illinois eight years ago, they began faithfully attending Grace Point and have been members ever since. Kevin and Lisa have participated and led small groups, while Caleb and Anna have been active in junior and senior high programs.    

Kevin works in the supplier community calling on Walmart as a Senior Manager. Lisa has held various roles at GPC and is currently serving as an assistant on the Kids Team. In addition, they both enjoy serving as greeters on Sunday mornings.


Gary and Nancy have been married 34 years and have two children – Bethany, who works for a non-profit in Washington, DC, and Will, who serves with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Ruby, as missionaries in Osaka, Japan. Gary works for a supplier and Nancy is an award-winning freelance writer. They both have a heart for missions and discipleship and currently serve as Group leaders and support Grace Point’s mission efforts locally and internationally.  Gary also serves as a greeter on Sunday mornings and is championing our global development partnership with Osaka, Japan. They have been members of Grace Point Church since 2021.

Michael Paladino, Elder Chairman

Michael became a believer at age 23 after being influenced by his future wife and some amazing mentors. Getting to that point was a journey that included a lot of research, prayer, and God’s faithfulness. He and Leslie have two children, Gabby (15) and Peter (13). They joined Grace Point in 2012. Michael and Leslie are Group leaders, and Michael serves on the Video Production Team while Leslie serves in GPKids and the Cafe. He has served as a deacon and a trustee. 

Michael is co-founder and CEO of RevUnit, a Bentonville-based digital technology company.

Trent Sullivan

Trent and Elizabeth Sullivan have been married for 20 years. They have three children – Logan (18), Memphis (14), and Nora (6). They have been attending Grace Point Church for over 10 years and have been part of the foster care and adoptive community for over 12 years.

Trent is a Director of Technology for the Walmart Home Office. Trent volunteers at GPC through the Media Arts and Worship ministries as well as students.  Elizabeth has been teaching a Women’s Bible Study at Grace Point for the past few years and serves on the Women’s Leadership Team.  She also serves in students and worship. 


Scott and Kristen Walnofer have been active members of Grace Point Church since returning to NWA in 2019. Scott is the Senior Director of Sales for Kerry Ingredients, and Kristen is a stay-at-home mom, launching a new drafting and design and Airbnb businesses. Kristen and Scott support Grace Point Kids serving as "Game Host" and teachers with the 5th and 6th-Grade boys and girls, and have a lot of fun while ministering to this impressionable next generation. They lead a home-based small group with the passion for seeing young families grow in their faith, and they love to serve at GPC events such as catering for ONE Weekend, being host home for KampOut, and leading a table at Men's DiscipleshipU.

The Walnofer family includes Asa (11), Eli (9), and Ava (7). You are likely to spot the Walnofers riding bikes to the square to get ice cream on the weekends or cheering on their kiddos activities around town. Scott also holds the position of Vice President for the Bumpers College Arkansas Alumni Society.