Jim Reklis – Community Life Pastor
Jim has been on staff at Grace since November of 1989. He served as an associate pastor from 1989-1999, executive pastor from 2000-2002, and senior pastor from 2002-2005. More…
Jim has a lifelong passion to see people transformed by the Gospel and live in a vibrant community of faith. He oversees the small group ministry at Grace, the place for people to grow spiritually and build relationships. He also oversees missions and enjoys seeing Grace Church reach across the street and around the world. He serves as a leadership coach to ministry leaders, pastors, and missionaries. Jim enjoys biking, golf, travel, and spending time with family and friends. He attended the University of Minnesota and Oral Roberts University. He completed a masters level missional leadership certificate program at The Resurgence in Seattle, WA. Jim is also a certified coach. He and his wife, Phyllis, met at Oral Roberts University and were married in November 1975. They have six adult children and one grandson. Phyllis is involved in mentoring women and enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of topics. She works in the community as a companion for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Prior to his pastoral role at Grace, Jim served as senior pastor at Bethany Chapel, Wynne, Arkansas (1986-88), senior pastor at Gracelife Church, Marshall, Minnesota (1983-86), and associate pastor at Victory Vineyard Fellowship, Burnsville, Minnesota (1980-83).
Jonathan Love – Executive Pastor
Jonathan joined the staff in December 2008. As the Executive Pastor Jonathan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church. His passion is to see lost people come to know Christ and be transformed into mature disciples. More…
Jonathan graduated from Grace College of Divinity and served on staff for three years at Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC. Then God called them to Southern Pines, NC to be a part of Grace Church of Southern Pines where he served for five years as Executive Pastor. Jonathan and Michelle were married in 1999 in Daytona Beach, FL. Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in speech pathology. She now spends her time home schooling their four world changers: Brooke, Stephen, Christin, and David.
Jeremy Gwaltney – Associate Pastor
Jeremy is a staff pastor who serves as the GraceKids Director, Guest Services Director and oversees young adult ministries at Grace Church. More…
Jeremy has been a member of Grace since 1989 and has more than a decade of ministry experience. He has a degree in Communication from N.C. State University and a Master’s of Divinity in Advanced Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeremy joined the pastoral team in the Fall of 2003.
When he is not trying to chase down his two young daughters and son, or enjoying quality time with his wife, Jeremy enjoys fishing, theological and historical reading, watching a good television show and all things NC State sports. He and his wife, Tiffanee, have been married since 2003 and reside in Durham, NC.
Chris Bitsas – Creative Director
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Chris Bitsas joined the staff in July of 2012 and is serving as our Creative Director. He has been attending Grace since the Fall of 2002. His primary responsibility is providing creative vision and organizing teams around the creation and presentation of media. More…
Chris is a licensed architect and has worked in the profession for 10 years before coming on staff. He is a avid maker and photographer and enjoys tinkering in his studio. He went to school at UNC-Charlotte where he met his wife Leslie. They were married in 2002 and have four children, Ava, Adelynn, Ruby, and Ezra.
Kevin Baker – Worship Pastor
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Kevin joined the staff in July of 2013. He is a seasoned worship leader with vast talent and a huge heart for God. He leads with a fresh approach, forward looking while respecting the past. His commitment to excellence is paramount as an expression of his love for God. More…
Kevin and his wife Jodi have two children Eden and Eli. They enjoy Durham Bulls baseball, exploring the many foodie locations in the triangle, and having fun with friends. Jodi, an accomplished photographer, is also a talented worship leader, and is right at home beside her man on stage.
Adam Dawson – Student Pastor/ C3 Director
Adam Dawson joined Grace Church’s team in August 2007 as a full-time missionary to the high schools of Chapel Hill and Durham. More…
He helped pioneer Cross Culture on Campus, Grace Church’s campus outreach to the area’s students, and now oversees C3 at 10 high school campuses, reaching about 100 students each week. Adam was ordained at Grace Church in October 2009. As of June 2012, Adam is the Student Ministries Pastor, overseeing the high school and middle school students. He loves it! Reaching students and building their lives for Jesus is his passion. Prior to joining Grace Church’s staff, Adam was a high school math teacher for four years. He holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and a graduate degree from the University of Mississippi. He was born and raised in Leavenworth, KS. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children and live in Durham.
Darnell Tayleor – Assistant Director of C3
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Darnell Tayleor is a part-time missionary to the high school students of Durham, Wake, and Orange Counties. He has been a member of Grace Church since October of 2004. More…
Before becoming Assistant Director of Cross Culture on Campus(C3), Darnell was the owner and operator of a commercial cleaning business. Darnell’s heart is to see every high school student come to know Christ by providing them with God-centered communities to grow in the knowledge of Him. Darnell and his wife, Nikko, live in Durham with daughter Brielle.
Steve Heineman – College Ministry
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Steve has been a member of Grace Church since the beginning of 2013. He grew up as a pastor’s kid and, after attending one year of college at Rutgers, decided to join with the Covenant Players- an international drama ministry. More…
He spent four years traveling the entire country and performing, after which he decided to return to his studies.Steve has an Associates Degree in Human Services- Nonprofit Management, and is well on his way to completing a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources.Steve is happily married to his wife Kristin and they have three wonderful children- two boys and a girl. They live in Carrboro, about a mile and a half from the UNC campus. He works full time as the HR Admin for Durham Exchange Club Industries and in his spare time enjoys reading, fishing, running, and traveling.