The Search for Grace's Next Senior Pastor

In 1998, Rick and Mary Hale, along with about 90 people crammed into a house to start dreaming and praying about planting a new interdenominational community church for the purpose of finding and fulfilling God's will for their lives. Two weeks later, over 200 people met to commit themselves to this project, and Grace Community Church was born. But just as Moses had to step aside for Joshua, the time has come for Rick and Mary to retire and let another leader step-in to take us to the next phase of our maturity.

This requires patience and prayer from the saints at Grace. It is a challenge to find a suitable successor knowing that they come during challenging times. 

But this is the Church of Jesus! Who better to guide, provide, and protect his Body than he? 

What can you do?

Pray. The Bible is very clear: "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." (Colossians 4:2) We will announce various prayer challenges and opportunities and we encourage you to keep seeking the Lord privately, in small groups, in large groups and at every opportunity. 

A Search Team has been assembled, and their job is simple, but complex: they will clarify what are the non-negotiable standards, present and broadcast the position of Senior Pastor, vet the candidates that apply, interview the most qualified, and present their best to the Deacon Board who will then carefully and prayerfully see if they pass muster, and then present them to adult members for voting.

Communication is very important to us and we want you to know which phase we're in.

Another thing that is important is that you, as a member, use this information as a matter of prayer. 

Where are we RIGHT NOW?

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STATUS: The Team has just finalized all presentation documents and passed that on to Rick and the Deacons. Next: we broadcast the position to Christian search organizations. 

Phase 1: “Preparation”

Plan of Succession is developed

Search Team selected and begins preparing


Phase 2: “The Search Begins”

Deacons announce the official beginning of the search

Search Team begins the publication of the position


Phase 3: “The Search Narrows”

Resumes are recieved

         Applicants are narrowed

Interviews conducted with top candidates

         Top candidate is chosen


Phase 4: “The Search Concludes”

The top candidate is recommended to the Church

Church-wide vote

Phase 5: "Our New Pastor is Installed

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How Can I Pray?

  • Use suggested scriptures to form your requests.

  • Ask that over all the Father's Kingdom come and Will be done.

  • For the team: 

    • Supernaturlly guided in wording and promoting our church's search

    • Unified in spirit, service, and process​

    • protection from the enemy's distraction

  • ​That the shepherd God has always had in-mind will be prepared for a wonderful move. ​

  • That this shepherd and his family will be unified in heart and intent on leading Grace into the next phase of our life. 


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Can I recommend this position to a qualified candidate? Yes! point them to THIS PAGE.

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Grace Official Succession Documents

Our Search Team
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Anne Hicks is a retired CPA who serves on the Grace staff as our Finance Director. She loves to serve on the media team, with graphics, camera, and as video director.  She belongs to a small group and has been a Grace member since 2006.  She and her husband Chris, have been married almost 22 years, have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

She acts as our Staff Representative.   

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Sean Lee has been a resident of Roswell since 2002, joining the staff at Grace as their Youth Pastor and has since changed ministry positions to be our Pastor of Connection. You can read more about him here.

Sean acts as Pastoral represtative and is the Chairman of this Chain Gang.  

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Michelle Pruit has attended Grace from the beginning! After graduating from University, she came back to Roswell, worked at Grace for a bit, and now has a career in early childhood education. She's an active volunteer at Grace with her husband, Adam, in Celebrate Recovery and the worship/media ministry. She and Adam have been married for 6 years and enjoy traveling, eating good food and hanging out with their dogs.

She acts as our church Representative.   

Jeremy Sanchez is on the Guinness book of worlds records as the man with the highest average IQ (adjusted for inflation). He and his wife Sonia have been at Grace since 2016. And he has a beard that every man admires.   

He acts as our Deacon Representative.