Contact Us

  •  Phone: (816) 279-2090
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  •  Mailing Address: 5103 South 50th St., St. Joseph MO, 64507




Pastor Darrell Jones
Senior Pastor

Darrell has been on staff since July 1, 1986. He was the Youth and Worship Pastor at Grace until June 1, 1997 when he assumed the role of Senior Pastor.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Missouri Western State University, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Nazarene Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Tammie have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.

Pastor Dennis Jennings
Counseling & Pastoral Care

Dennis has been part of the Grace staff since 2000 and became a full time pastor in 2003.  He is our lead pastor for counseling.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Missouri Western State University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry, Care and Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Linda have one daughter.

Pastor Ken Maxey
Adult Education, Discipleship and Family Ministries

Ken has been on staff since January of 2000. Ken oversees Adult Education, Discipleship and young families.  He holds three Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Vennard Bible College and William Penn College in the areas of Bible, Youth Ministry, and Secondary Education. Ken and his wife Sara have four sons.

Pastor Dan Blakely
Children's Ministry

Dan has been with Grace since 2006. He oversees the children's ministry at Grace. He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology and Sociology from Missouri Western State University.  Prior to Grace Dan worked for the Department of Mental Health and the State School System.  He and his wife Kimberly have three children.

Pastor Chris Olson

Chris has been an Elder at Grace since 2002.  During that time he oversaw various ministry positions.  After 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service he joined our Pastoral staff in 2009.  He oversees all financial aspects at Grace.  He and his wife Pam have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

Pastor Dave Ernst
Seniors Ministry

Dave began his ministry at Grace in January 2015. He oversees senior adult ministries and will also minister to those grieving. Prior to Grace Dave was a pastor for 12 years and a hospice chaplain for over 16 years.  He has an undergraduate degree in psychology/sociology from Northern State University and a Masters in Divinity from North American Baptist Seminary.  Dave and his wife Naomi have two children and two grandchildren.

Pastor Nick Pierce
Youth Ministry

Nick has been on staff since October 2014.  He serves as the Youth Pastor for middle school and high school age children. Before coming on staff he was involved in youth ministry for 5 years  and was a pediatric nurse for 7 years. He holds an A.A. in Youth Ministry from Calvary Bible College, a B.S. in Advanced Biblical Studies from Calvary University and a M.A. in Theology from Veritas International University. He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Christian Apologetics through Veritas International University. He and his wife Ashley have four children. 

Sean Killin
College Ministry Director

Sean has been on staff since December 2014.  Sean oversees Renewal, our ministry for anyone ages 18 to 30(ish). Sean is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College. Sean and his wife, Hannah, have a son.

Steven Weese
Children's Ministry Assistant

Steven began working in Children's Ministry in 2007. He graduated from Missouri Western with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in December 2017.  He loves working with students and being a positive role model for them. While working in Children's Ministry, he is also a first-grade teacher at Mid-Buchanan Elementary. Steven began attending Grace in 2004

Trish Devine
Counseling Ministry Assistant

Trish has been assisting with counseling at Grace since 2008. She has facilitated recovery type groups since 1997. Trish has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from NWMSU and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2004. She has been working as a counselor since 2002. She is also certified in Co-Occurring disorders. 


Phil Magana
Worship Director

Phil has been involved with worship at Grace for more than 10 years.  In June of 2010 he took the position of Worship Director and oversees the worship ministry in the church. Phil is a retired school teacher has a genuine heart to worship the Father and lead others in worship. He and his wife Cheri have two children.

Jeremy Sharp
Media Director & Worship Leader

Jeremy is the media director for the church and also leads the worship for the 9:30am service. Within the church he maintains the website, graphic design, and leads the video crews for Sunday mornings.  He and his wife Cheyenne have seven children and three grandchildren.

Dyann Duncan
Event Planning and Facility Director/Women's Ministry Director

Dyann has been on staff at Grace since 2008. She is the Event Planner/Facility Director and as of 2019 is the Women's Ministry Director.  She holds a Bachelors degree from Missouri Baptist University in Communication Arts and was previously a youth pastor in Savannah, MO. She and her husband Jason have three children.

Gary Reynolds
Maintenance Director

Gary has been with Grace since 2010.  He oversees the maintenance of the facility, grounds and church property. Gary is also the director of the Missions Board.  Before coming to Grace he owned and operated his own business.  He and his wife Judy have nine children and 10 grandchildren. 

Becky Shellito
Office Manager

Becky started as an office volunteer when the church was founded in 1984. She joined the staff as part-time Church Secretary in January of 1986 and has assumed the role of Office Manager since 1995.  She oversees the church's office staff, synchronizes calendars, performs HR duties and maintains official records. She attended Missouri Western State University. Becky and her husband Steve raised three children and have one grandson.

Joyce Croner
Finance Secretary

Joyce joined the staff in 2002 as the church Finance Secretary. She works with the finance committee, handles accounts payable and enters contributions. Prior to joining the staff she retired from a career in banking after 36 years. She and her husband D.L. have two daughters, four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.


Susan Hall
Office Manager

Susan has been on staff with Grace since August 2015. Susan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Western State University and has over 17 years of office experience. Susan and her husband, Terry, have two sons and one grandchild.

Sherri Wright

Sherri joined the Grace Evangelical Church staff in May of 2019. Sherri has four years of church office experience and over twenty years of other office and banking experience. Sherri and her husband Marty have two children.