Governance

Church Governance

Grace Church is governed by a Board of Directors in coordination with the Pastoral Team.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides oversight for the church in matters relating to business, finances and policy. In addition, the Senior Pastor reports to the Board of Directors. The Board utilizes the Carver model of policy governance.

  1. Financial Oversight and Accountability. The Board is responsible for the management of financial resources to ensure that Grace is a good steward of every dollar that is contributed.
  2. Strategic Assistance.Board members bring together the skills that God has gifted them with in the business and legal world to assist the pastors and staff in making strategic decisions.
  3. Policy Approval.The Board ensures that effective policies are in place to guide ministry practices and provide safeguards.
The Board of Directors provides oversight for the church in matters relating to business, finances and policy. In addition, the Senior Pastor reports to the Board of Directors. The Board utilizes the Carver model of policy governance.
  1. Nomination.The congregation identifies and nominates people who they feel would be good additions to the Board (based on character, giftedness, experience and spiritual maturity). People can nominate others and/or themselves.
  2. Confirmation.Once nominations are received, the Board and pastoral staff review the nominations and the Board selects one or more candidates to interview. Selected candidates then interview with the Board, after which time they jointly seek the Lord about the decision. The Board then presents approved candidates to the congregation for affirmation.
  3. Affirmation.Candidates are presented to the congregation for a 2-4 week affirmation process. This allows the church to engage candidates in conversation regarding any concerns they may have (see Matthew 18:15-16) or to disclose if they know anything about the candidates that would disqualify them from serving on the board.
  1. Do they model the character of Christ? (1 Timothy 3)
  2. Is there evidence of the Spirit of God and wisdom? (Acts 6)
  3. Do they have a strong passion for Grace Church?
  4. Are they able to think strategically?
  5. Can they collaborate effectively?

Who are our board members?

Susan Fox Sherry
Susan Fox Sherry

Treasurer

Ray Christopher
Ray Christopher


Jon Otten
Jon Otten


Michael Wilkes
Michael Wilkes

Secretary

Joshua Sharp
Joshua Sharp


Eric Buresh
Eric Buresh

Chairman

Tim Howey
Tim Howey

Senior Pastor

Pastoral Team

The Pastoral Team provides oversight to the church in matters relating to the Bible, doctrine, spiritual health and direction. Grace believes the three titles of a pastor communicate their three roles:
  1. As “elders” (i.e. “seniors”), they model Christ-like maturity to the church.
  2. As “bishops” (i.e. “overseers”), they discern God’s vision and direction for the church.
  3. As “pastors” (i.e. “shepherds”) they feed and care for God’s people spiritually.
The primary qualifications for a pastor center around godly character as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. In addition to character qualifications, the pastor must have a thorough knowledge of scripture with an ability to effectively teach God’s word.

Who are our pastoral team members?

Brian Gann
Brian Gann

Executive Pastor & Olathe Campus Pastor

Ben Abu Saada
Ben Abu Saada

Director of Worship & Communications

Christopher Fetters
Christopher Fetters

North Overland Park Campus Pastor

Justin Raby
Justin Raby

South Overland Park Campus Pastor & Director of Mobilization

Tim Howey
Tim Howey

Senior Pastor

Kent Liles
Kent Liles

Connections Director & Online Campus Pastor