Meet our Team
Billy Echols-Richter

Billy Echols-Richter

Pastor

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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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Joe Stobaugh

Executive Minister of Worship & Arts

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Joe Stobaugh, the Executive Minister of Worship and Arts at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, has served God and the church through this role since October 2012.

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Marcus Womack

Marcus Womack

Minister of Outreach

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Marcus came to Grace Avenue in January of 2013.  He is the Minister of Outreach, and is the pastor for the Threshold service.  He has a degree in Management from the University of Texas at Austin and attended seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.

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Bryant Phelps

Minister In-Residence

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Bryant Phelps came to Grace Avenue as a Path 1 Resident in July of 2017.

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Kristen Lane

Children’s Minister

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Kristen has worked full time in church ministry since 1995 and been involved in church work since 1992. As Children’s Minister, she is involved with children from birth through 5th grade.

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Christopher Vaughan

Youth Minister

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Christopher Vaughan is the Youth Minister at Grace Avenue. He is a graduate of the Perkins School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity.

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Laurie Hanson Roberts

Laurie Hanson Roberts

Musc Minister

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

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Bill D. Ball, Jr.

Adult Minister

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Bill serves as Adult Minister at Grace Avenue.  This role includes coordinating a wide range of adult ministries. 

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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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Joyce Cravens

Joyce Cravens

Senior Adult Minister

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Joyce graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1994. She received her Master of Divinity degree at SMU in 1998.

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Cindy Moreland

Cindy Moreland

Director of Operations

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Cindy has been with Grace Avenue UMC since early 2017. Her role at Grace Avenue includes, financial management, Human Resources, oversight of building operations and administration.

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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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Bill Roberts – Associate Music Minister
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Keri Keck – Assistant Children’s Minister
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Maria Lempke- Media/Video Coordinator
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Charles Crossman – Facilities Manager
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Karen Lubbe – Rainbow Corner Preschool Director
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Donna Buss – Administrative Assistant
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Laura Simmons – Worship & Arts Assistant
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Carole Boboy- Accounting Assistant
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Brittany Piggins – Communications Assistant
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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.