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Elders 

With Jesus Christ as the Head of our Church, Grace is led by our senior pastor and the pastoral team, who are supported, protected and advised by an elder team.  Understanding that spiritual oversight is best done through the counsel of many rather then a few, the elder team consists of spiritually mature men who are actively involved in the Body.

Steve Atkins

Atkins Steve is married to Carol and they have been at Grace for 13 years. Steve has been employed at PNC Bank for 34 years and is a Process Engineer. Steve serves with Grace Men’s Ministry through Priority Projects. He is also a coach for one of our Grace softball teams, and serves on the MUMS set-up team. He participates in Band of Brothers and in a men's small group Bible study. Steve says, "God gave me Grace Church as a path to move from religion to relationship. Rather than Christ being a segment of my life – getting attention only on Sunday mornings – He is now the center. Through the study of Scripture and fellowship with other Christians, my faith and trust in the Lord continues to grow."  Email Steve Atkins

  

Russ Czellath

Czellath Russ is married to Peggy and they have been at Grace for 15 years. After retiring 3 years ago, Russ and Peggy stay busy caring for aging family members. Here at Grace, Russ serves as Head Usher, as an Adult Class teacher, and he co-leads our Grace Golf league. Russ has served in a number of short-term missions trips. Russ states, “I have had the privilege of watching our church grow and serve increasing numbers of people. We have accomplished several church plants and reached out to our community to exemplify Jesus Christ. I am proud to be a member and serve at Grace.”  
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DJ Eidson

EidsonDJ is married to Jessica and they have 4 children. They have attended Grace since 2003. DJ is a Regional Account Manager with Horizon Pharma, developing sales reps from Chicago to New York City. He enjoys mentoring children as a teacher in Grace Kids ministry and as a coach in his community. DJ has also served as one of our hosts in the Venue. DJ states, "I was baptized at Grace, and all 4 of our children have been dedicated at Grace. I have grown a lot as a Christian under Pastor Jonathan's leadership and am really excited to serve as an Elder at Grace."
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Josh Grusendorf

EidsonJosh and Kim were married at Grace in 2006, and have 3 sons. Josh came to Grace while still in high school. He has been in law enforcement for over 13 years and is currently a law enforcement training officer for the State of Ohio. He and Kim are involved in our Marriage Ministry and lead the Young Married Connection on Wednesdays. Josh also serves in our Sports Ministry as team chaplain. Josh states, "Grace is where our family has grown, where our kids accepted Christ, and where our friendships were born. We look forward to many more years here, serving our wonderful Savior in whatever way He calls." Email Josh Grusendorf

 

 

Bill Holko

Holko Bill is married to Diane, and they've been at Grace for 5 years. Bill has retired after 43 years in public education. His favorite role was that of high school principal. He currently serves as a part-time consultant with the Summit County Educational Service Center. At Grace, Bill serves on the Men's Ministry Planning Committee and serves as a teacher, when needed. Bill also teaches in our Adult Classes. Diane serves in our Children's Ministry on Sunday mornings. Outside Grace, Bill volunteers with True Freedom Prison Ministries, teaching and mentoring inmates at Grafton Reintegration Center. He also assists with an inner-city addiction recovery program. Bill says, "We love the clear, Christ-centered preaching, the wonderful worship music, the emphasis on missions, and the overall friendliness of Grace Church." Email Bill Holko

 

 

Cliff Kime

Kime Cliff is married to Lisa; they have been at Grace for over 8 years. Cliff is a retired police officer with the Cleveland Police Department, ending his career in the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. He teaches spin classes in Strongsville and North Olmsted. At Grace, Cliff is a bass guitarist on our Worship team and leads a men’s home study. He has served with PCL, the Car Cruise In, We Care missions trips, and Making Peace. Cliff says “Grace has brought me into relationship with Jesus, changing me and bringing me in line with God’s will. I’m grateful to be moving forward and have a strong passion for Men’s Ministry and look forward to God using me powerfully in the future. Email Cliff Kime

 

Richard King

KingRichard is married to Fern; they have 5 daughters and have attended Grace for 9 years. Richard is retired from Alcoa Forgings & Extrusions. While there, he started a tutoring ministry with Grace to inner-city students. Richard also serves with Men’s Fraternity. He and Fern are involved in our Prayer, Meals, Welcome, and Adult Class ministries. Richard states his passion is “to help those in need…physically or spiritually, and to be salt and light in our world (Matt. 5:13-16). There are also many opportunities outside Grace to attract others to Christ, sometimes taking us out of our comfort zone.” Email Richard King

 

Lance Mayer

MayerLance is married to Karyn; they have 3 grown children. Lance is employed by OxyChem in PVC as a chemical engineer/scientist. At Grace, he and Karyn are involved in supporting our missionary prayer teams in praying for Keir and Joanna Thelander, Andy and Michelle Svoboda, and Drew and Michele Brown. Lance is also actively involved in our Friendship class serving one-on-one with students. Lance states, “My family and I started attending Grace 27 years ago, instantly falling in love with it then, just as so many people do now. It was a big church then, and it is many times larger now, making it even more important for each of us to be linked in and accountable to the body.” Email Lance Mayer

 

Josh Palcic

PalcicJosh is married to Jennifer. They were married in 2002 and have 3 children. Josh has been employed as a physical therapist for 8 years at The Achievement Centers for Children working with children. At Grace he has led Financial Peace University. He and Jen have been Senior High advisors and table leaders in our Marriage Ministry. They look forward to serving with Young Married Connection. Josh says, “From the moment we entered Grace, we felt at home because of the commitment to serving and caring for people. We have grown through the classes we have taken and through opportunities for involvement.” Email Josh Palcic

 

Mike Rush

mike-rushMike is married to Debbie. They have been at Grace for 35 years, and are Co-Founders and Executive Directors of Options for Families and Youth (OFY), providing services in foster care, adoption, Help Me Grow and behavioral healthcare (counseling). They consider their agency a ministry to the poor, disadvantaged, abused and neglected children of Cuyahoga County. At Grace, Mike teaches adult classes, participates in Men's Fraternity, and has a passion for missions, having participated in 7 short-term trips. Mike and Debbie serve in our Prayer Team ministry. Speaking of Grace, Mike says, "Through the years, Jesus Christ has always been the central focus. Pastors Donald and Jonathan have helped us grow spiritually, given us a place to love and support other believers, and provided us opportunities to pray for others and show God's love to our family and non-believers." Email Mike Rush

 

Bill White

bill-whiteBill is married to Alicia. They have attended Grace Church since 1984. Bill accepted Christ that year and has been continually involved in various ministries since that time. Bill retired in 2003 after a long career as a project and engineering manager with Union Carbide and BP Oil. Bill co-managed the lower level parking lot expansion in 2010 and the Atrium level build-out in 2011. Bill has served as an Elder for 2 terms. He oversees our Appliance and Furniture Donation Ministry, and participates in our Mission Trip Program and Prayer Team ministry. Bill says, "My fervent hope is to see Grace Church continue to grow and be a bright light for the Gospel in this community resulting in many more souls being saved through trusting Christ as Savior." Email Bill White

 

Bob Wido

GrusendorfBob is married to Diane, and they have been at Grace for 3 years. Bob served as Youth and Senior Pastor in two Alliance churches in PA, before serving as an Air Force Chaplain for 24 years. Diane served as an Alliance missionary before meeting Bob. Bob currently serves as Coordinator of Chaplain Ministries for the Central District. He regularly speaks at Band of Brothers and leads a small group Bible study. Diane leads a ladies' Bible study at Grace. Bob says, "We have found a home in this fellowship. We love the people, the leadership, and the ministry, and look forward to serving for years to come!" Email Bob Wido

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