Adam Love’s tenure at Grace began in January of 2020 after 23 years of ministry. He attended Northland Baptist Bible College and Central Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his MA. He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of four boys. Adam began ministry right after college and has served in churches in Virginia, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin before coming back south to Chattanooga. It is Adam’s desire that through the church loving one another as Christ loved us, the world will see Christ more clearly.
Head of School
Matt joined our ministry in 2013 to lead the Academy. He graduated from Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Secondary Education and later earned Master’s degrees in Counseling and Educational Administration. After teaching, coaching, and administrating in two Christian schools, Matt returned to work at his alma mater, CSU. He held a variety of positions from 1992-2013, ultimately serving as Dean of Students. Matt and his wife, Rosemary, have four adult daughters all serving with our Grace ministries and four adorable grandchildren.
Mike received a B.S. in Organizational Management and has worked locally for Chattem, Inc. and McKee Foods. In 1997, God directed his family to full-time missions. They joined the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) and served in Hungary until 2009, when they returned to serve on staff at Grace. Mike is married to Joan and they have three sons: Alan, Jonathan (Nicole), and TJ, and one fantastically cute grandson, Abel.
Fred’s ministry experience actually began at the age of 13, when he led the music in his dad’s church. During college he traveled back to his dad’s church on the weekends to lead worship. He graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1985 with a BA in Sacred Music, with a Proficiency in Voice. Fred and his wife, Tina, served on staff at Stone Mountain Baptist Tabernacle for 8 1/2 years before coming to Grace in 1994. Fred and Tina have three children: Scott (wife Chelsea, daughters Ava & Nora), Janna (husband Dan) and Luke.
Yensi was born in a small town in the Dominican Republic. At age 14, he went to live in an orphanage for boys, where he realized his need for a Savior. Soon after accepting Christ, he felt God calling him into ministry. He has bachelor’s degrees in Education and Theological Studies and is currently finishing up his MA in Christian Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has worked as a Bible teacher, Campus Pastor, Youth Pastor, and served for three years as Assistant Pastor at their church in the Dominican Republic. His wife, Diana, grew up attending Grace Baptist Church and Academy before meeting Yensi on the mission field. They serve together in ministry and are raising three adorable boys: Jeremy, Liam, and Evan.
After graduating from UTC in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, Kelly taught in public school before joining New Tribes Mission to teach missionaries’ kids (MKs) in the jungles of Venezuela. God opened the door for him to teach at New Tribes Bible Institute for 6 years to both work with MKs and train aspiring missionaries theologically for tribal work. In the fall of 2001, the Lord made it clear that Kelly was facing another transition, this time in ministry on secular campuses to college students who were seeking to live out their faith in a sometimes hostile environment. He served on a church staff in Chattanooga for seven years as a College Pastor and taught Bible at Grace Baptist Academy for five years. He has been on staff at our church since 2012.
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David is a native of Chattanooga and has been married to Brandi since August 5, 2006. They have two sons, Judah and Asher, and two daughters, Evalyn and Victoria. David graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 2006 with a degree in Youth Ministries. He later received a Master of Divinity from Temple Baptist Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David taught Bible at Grace Academy for several years, and also served as the church’s Junior High director before becoming Youth Pastor. He and his family are pre-field missionaries with ABWE and hope to be serving in full-time missions very soon.
Women's Ministry Dir.
Kamilla was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was raised in a pastor's home. In 1981, she graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible. In 1985, she earned a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kamilla is married to Dan, and they have been members of Grace since 1978. They have three adult children, Mandy (Houts), Paul and Tim, plus eight precious grandchildren. Kamilla became involved in the Women's Ministry in 2009 and now considers it a honor and privilege to serve as Director of Women's Ministries.
Aaron has attended Grace Baptist his entire life and is a graduate of the Children's Ministry that he now oversees! After high school, he was very active in teaching and leading small groups in various capacities at GBC, including Children's Ministry, AWANA, VBS, and Youth Group. Aaron earned his B.S. in Elementary Education in 2018 and holds a teaching license in Tennessee. He previously served as our College Intern, and is now the Elementary Director of our Lighthouse Kids program.
Jennifer met her husband, Nathan, while attending Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, and they were married in 2011. They have been blessed with four children: Caiden, Audrina, Adelaide and James.
Jenn has worked in children’s ministries since she was old enough to be a helper. She and Nathan were youth leaders for 5 years before they moved to Chattanooga in 2014. At Grace, Jennifer began helping in Puggles and later became a Sunday nursery worker, eventually becoming the Nursery Coordinator. She and her husband also lead the College Sunday school class and enjoy having students over during the week for fellowship.
Pam, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of seven children. She is married to John, a native of Chicago. They were married in 1980 and have two grown children. Joe and his wife, Melissa, live in the Atlanta area, and Katie and her husband, Jeremy, live in Halls, Tenn. Pam is also the proud grandmother of six! Pam's job description is quite diverse. While she keeps up with the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of the church office, it is the abnormal tasks that most appeal to her. She says, "You never know what your day will hold and how you might handle any given situation. Most days are very good and quite rewarding!"
Sara was raised in Upper-East Tennessee before coming to Chattanooga to attend UTC. With a BA in Communications and a minor in English/Writing, she worked in journalism and advertising before coming to Grace. Sara designs and publishes the bulletin and other print material, updates the website and social media, and creates many of the videos, PowerPoints and signage around the church.