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. He also oversees our small groups, pastoral care, and Growth Track.
Jonathan graduated from Grace College of Divinity and out of college served on staff for three years at Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC. Next, he spent five years as the Executive Pastor of Grace Church of Southern Pines, NC before God called them to Chapel Hill.
Jonathan is married to the love of his life Michelle. They are passionate about Jesus, church, building lives, each other, their children, college football, and UNC basketball….and they are affectionally known as Disney freaks.
Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in speech pathology and now spends most of her time home schooling their 4 children: Brooke, Stephen, Christin, and David.
Chris Bitsas - Creative Director
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. 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 Higgins - Administrator
Kevin joined the staff in 2016 after retiring from a 35 year career in the insurance industry. Kevin oversees the financial aspects of the church as well as managing the facility and the support staff. He is married to his wife Beth and they enjoy gardening, raising chickens, and their grandchildren.
Kevin Baker - Worship Pastor
Kevin joined the staff in July of 2013. He is a seasoned worship leader with a passion to help others experience God through song. 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. He is an established songwriter and musician, traveling the United States, leading worship concerts, conferences and retreats, before finding roots in North Carolina and calling Grace home.
Kevin and his wife Jodi have two children Eden and Eli. They enjoy Durham Bulls baseball, exploring the many foodie locations in the triangle, live music 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 joined Grace Church’s team in August 2007 as a full-time missionary to the high schools of Chapel Hill and Durham. He helped pioneer a faith-based school clubs organization for the area’s high schools and directed it for 8 years. Adam was ordained at Grace Church in October 2009. Currently, Adam is the Family Life Pastor, overseeing the children and student ministries. He loves it! Reaching young people 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 six children.
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 2004. 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 daughters Brielle and Nia.
Steve Heineman - College Ministry
Steve leads the college ministry and has been part of the team since 2013. His wife Kristin has been co-leading the group since 2015. They have five kids that they enjoy. Steve is passionate about reaching and supporting UNC Christians who find challenges to their faith everywhere they turn.
Steve and Kristin live by Southpoint Mall in Durham and are small business owners. Steve owns a window cleaning business and a Christmas light installation business. Kristin is a skincare consultant. In their spare time, they like reading, traveling, and playing with their children.