Meet our Team
Billy Echols-Richter

Billy Echols-Richter

Pastor

Billy was appointed as the first Pastor of Grace Avenue UMC in April 1999. He served as the Pastor as the congregation grew from 0 members to over 2500 members.

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Laura Echols-Richter

Laura Echols-Richter

Executive Minister

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Laura Echols-Richter has been with Grace Avenue UMC since its start in 1999 and now serves as the Executive Minister.

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Laurie Hanson Roberts

Laurie Hanson Roberts

Minister of Sanctuary Worship

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Laurie Hanson Roberts has been part of the Grace Avenue UMC staff since the beginning of the church in 1999.

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Marcus Womack

Christopher Vaughan

Pastor of Modern Worship

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Kristen Lane

Minister of Discipleship Children & Families

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Kristen has worked full time in church ministry since 1995 and been involved in church work since 1992. As the Minister of Discipleship, she supports and oversees the Children’s, Youth, and Adult Ministry areas as well as the Small Group and Adult Sunday School program. 

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Marcus Womack

Sarah Schneider

Youth Minister

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Marcus Womack

Mary Martin

Missions Minister

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Mary joined the staff at Grace Avenue as the Mission Minister in 2014.  Her passion, source of high energy and commitment brings our missions beyond our walls to be in relationship with our neighbors both locally and globally.

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Cindy Moreland

Seth Wilkinson

Director of Operations

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Kim Eiffert

Kim Eiffert

Director of Communications

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Kim came to Grace Avenue in 2011 with a background in marketing, advertising, communications, and graphic design in a variety of different industries. 

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Heather Seiser - Guest Relations Coordinator
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Misty Bain - Database and Office Admin
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Collin Echols-Richter - Digital Pastor
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Karyl Patredis - Pastoral Intern (Modern Worship)
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Joyce Cravens - Minister of Visitation
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Bill Roberts - Associate Music Minister
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Preston Reid- Media/Video Manager
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Ashley Glover- Modern Worship Livestream/Media Coordinator
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Charles Crossman - Facilities Manager
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Karen Lubbe - Rainbow Corner Preschool Director
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Laura Simmons - Heart & Soul Administrator
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Shannon Rose - Part-Time Graphic Designer
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Michele Duffy - Children's Ministry Assistant (Preschool & Childcare)
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Jordan Marbry - Children's Ministry Assistant (Elementary)
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The Grace Avenue Ministry Team is here to assist you. If you have a special need or a question, please contact us by email or call the church office at 972.335.2882.