��“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” — Hebrews 10:24-25
Hey Everyone! James here! Thanks for checking out Grace Chapel! Here are a few things to know about me...
I’ve been here at Grace since 2010. It’s a great privilege serving as Lead Pastor! We have good people and a seriously incredible staff!
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of serving in various pastoral capacities: youth, associate, and worship. I also spent a part of my life in the working world, both as an employee and as a business owner too.
I love sports and music. I especially enjoy a good round of golf! Music has always been a part of me too. While I can carry a tune and play acoustic guitar, my heart beats best behind a drum kit!
The real passion in my life is my family! My wife Cindy and I have been together for nearly 30 years! How crazy is that! She is a strong woman. A serious Proverbs 31 type: a woman of unshakable faith, strong character, an incredible wife and an amazing mother… we truly call her blessed! Our four kids are the joy of our lives. They’re all in college! They never cease to amaze us and continually make us proud! Cindy and I are so grateful for them.
My desire as the pastor is to see the church stand strong in today’s world, confident in their faith and following of Jesus!
I look forward to meeting you in person here at Grace!
Sean was raised in an environment where the Christian faith was important and, in high school, felt called by God into vocational ministry while attending a Christian youth conference. Since then, Sean has gotten involved in ministry however possible. In college, he served as a Student Leader for his chapter of InterVaristy while also leading prayer groups and a Bible study. He volunteered in middle school youth ministry and worship ministry throughout high school, college and beyond. Prior to joining GFC, Sean served as the Middle School Youth Pastor at Princeton Alliance Church for 4 years.
Sean and his wife Suzy (a Colorado native and former missionary) have been happily married for 4 years and are blessed to have one child, Ian McLain who was born in 2015. Suzy is deeply engaged in ministry alongside Sean. In addition to spending time with his family, Sean’s favorite pastimes include baseball, literature, and film.
Sean has a BA in Journalism from The College of New Jersey and is currently finishing up his MA in Intercultural Studies at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.
Frankie grew up in Rockaway Beach, NY with his mother and two older sisters. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Pillar College and soon will complete a Masters in Global Studies from Liberty University. His wife, Keyla, serves Pillar College full-time as the Executive Administrator to the President's Office.
Both Frankie and Keyla have passionate hearts for young people and the Church as a whole. Frankie states, “I am passionate about being able to help shape and mold a generation that will become the next group of believers that can shake the world. I firmly believe that God calls even the youngest children to be workers in the Kingdom, and if we can assist in any way, it would be by making ourselves available to teach and disciple our children to lead a life which is pleasing to God.”
With Frankies leading, they will tackle the critical task of developing and building strong Jr. High outreach and discipleship ministries that undergird our current Sr. High ministry while providing depth for the future. Along with his passion for teaching the youth, Pastor Frankie also takes great joy in leading our young adult, media, and worship ministries at Grace.
Frankie and Keyla were blessed with a son, Evan, in August 2013 and are excited about their ministry work here at Grace.
Katie grew up attending Grace Chapel and is so excited to be invested in God's work in the Children's ministry! She came to know the Lord at a young age through seeing the reality and evidence of Jesus in her parent's lives. She continued to grow in the knowledge of the Lord through Sunday school, youth group, and missions trips.
Katie graduated from Taylor University with a graphic design degree and has worked in product development for the craft and toy industry as a brand manager and later as a graphic designer. She has been happily married to her husband, Derek, for almost 12 years and has 2 kids, Matt (9) and Bethany (5). She continues to work part-time from home as a graphic designer as she raises her children.
Over the years, she has been committed to and led various Bible studies and small groups. She has served as a children's teacher for a community bible study as well as a children's teacher at Grace for about 3 years. She has a passion to help children know the Lord, to deepen their relationship with Him, and equip them with a solid Biblical foundation.
Traci came to know the Lord as her Savior at a young child growing up at Long Hill Chapel in Chatham, NJ. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. For over 25 years, while raising her children, Traci served in her home church in many capacities, such as Deaconess, Board Member, Church Clerk, Ladies Bible Study Leader, Day Camp Art Director, Little Lambs Christian Nursery School Teacher, AWANA Secretary, and singer on the Worship team.
She has two daughters, Brittany and Rebecca, a son-in-law (Joe), and is thrilled to be a part of Grace Chapel. Traci's desire is to see the love of Jesus shared in our communities and to teach people that the Lord accepts ALL who come to Him with a willing heart.