Leadership

Pastors & Staff

JAMES PANZA

Lead Pastor

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 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!  
God Bless!

Associate Pastor

SEAN MCLAIN

Sean has been on staff at Grace since 2017. His ministry passions include discipling people in small group settings, teaching (especially on the topics of spiritual growth and global Christianity), as well as worshiping and preaching. Sean leads Life Groups, Adult Education, and Kingdom Men ministries at Grace.

Sean is a New Jersey native, having spent most of his life living in the Garden State. He did, however, spend a couple years living in Colorado Springs, CO where he met his wife, Suzy. Sean and Suzy have been married since 2013 and have two kids: Ian (born 2015) and Maisie (born 2018). Suzy’s background is in international missions and administrative assistance. She serves as Grace’s missions director and is deeply engaged in ministry alongside Sean. As a family, they enjoy playing games, exploring local parks, and having fun with friends.

In addition to his ministry passions, Sean enjoys reading widely (biography, history, classic novels, theology, etc.), is a baseball fanatic, and loves listening to and playing music. Sean has a BA in Journalism from The College of New Jersey and an MA in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary.

FRANKIE PAVIA

Associate Pastor

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 RESSA

C.E. Director

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 in 2004 and has worked in various roles over the years as a graphic designer, brand manager, and now part-time in marketing and office administration.  She and her husband Derek have been married since 2006, and have two kids, Matt (born 2008) and Bethany (born 2012).  

Over the years, she has been committed to and led various Bible studies and small groups. She served as a children's teacher for a community bible study as well as a children's teacher at Grace.  She has a passion to help children not only learn about Jesus, but deepen their relationship with Him, and to equip them with a solid Biblical foundation.

TRACI OTALORA

Church Administrator

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, two amazing sons-in-love (Joe and Josh), and two grandchildren!  Traci is thrilled to be a part of Grace Chapel, and her 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.