Meet The Staff

Pastor Bill Walker

What Inspires You?

Potential and seeing God work! That is what inspires me about GRACE.  It is an awesome body of believers with amazing gifting and passion for God. It is my prayer that we might bring together all the strengths and abilities and use them to see God do a great work for His glory!

If you had no limits, where would you vacation?

Anywhere with my family. That is not a cop-out :-) I have traveled to Israel, Egypt, India, Europe, etc and while all those places were wonderful they were without my family. I felt incomplete and it took away from those experiences. So I am happy at home or in Hawaii so long as I am with my family.

What's God been teaching you lately?

That He is enough. Paul's words in Philippians 3:10 roll around in my mind a lot these days, "that I may know him...". Paul had come to "know" Christ 30 years prior but the passion of his heart after all those years of ministry was to simply "know" Him more. To "know" Him more intimately, personally and passionately. Paul knew as I am learning that all the achievements, accolades, and attainments of life come and go but only Jesus remains and satisfies.

What is your role at GRACE?

My title is senior pastor but what that means to me is: I have the privilege of leading an awesome ministry team of gifted and passionate Jesus followers. I get to be the primary teacher in our Sunday morning worship experiences. I have the awesome opportunity to walk alongside the body of believers and love on them as they journey with Jesus. I get to help lead and shape the ministry into the desired future God has called us to:"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20. My title is senior pastor, all I know is I love doing what God has made and called me to do!

Pastor Dennis Fay

What  made you first come to GRACE and why did you stay?

I came to GRACE 19 years ago due to the teaching and preaching of Pastor Jeff Thornley.  He was doing an in-depth study of the Book of Revelation.  I was so impressed with the teaching and the friendliness of GRACE that I made GRACE my permanent home.  The teaching and friendliness is still amazing!

Where is your favorite place to eat?

My favorite place to eat is Silver Skewers.  They have the best rice in town, not to mention their steaks, chicken and shrimp.

What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge in life is me!  I do not always live a balance life.  I need to say no more often and prioritize my schedule better.  Being in the ministry is awesome and a privilege and I tend to do things in my own power and not rely on God's incredible power.

What is your role at GRACE?

I am the Executive Pastor at GRACE.  I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church and to assist the Senior Pastor in any way that I can.  Ultimately my role is to lift up the Senior Pastor's arms so he can do what God has called him to do - shepherd God's church.

COURTNEY CHEREST, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

How long have you been a part of the family at Grace? 

I came to Grace as a young child in fifth grade and worshiped here until college. I have lived in  three different states since then.  I was on staff at a church in Washington State when Pastor Dennis contacted me about a role here. I came on staff in September 2015 and have been loving every minute since!

What is your biggest blessing in ministry? 

I love getting to pour into the next generation coming behind me. I teach a Bible study for young professional women and we have a blast in the Scriptures every week. I also get to equip other worship leaders in their giftings. It's a privilege to pour out whatever God has given me. It's not I who live, but Christ who lives in me. 

What is your role at Grace? 

I am the Communications Director, worship leader for our contemporary service (11 a.m.), and the office manager. Wearing a lot of different hats lets me stay motivated and excited because there's always something to be done! I like having the opportunity to use several different abilities all in one position! It keeps me busy, that's for sure!

Contact Courtney -  Cell: 574-527-5379  | Email: communications@gracewaldorf.org

TIM REMO, YOUTH PASTOR

How long have you been a part of the family at Grace

My wife and I have been a part of Grace since the fall of 2015. A few years ago, we were serving in the music ministry and youth program at our old church for our first two years of marriage and then we felt called by the Holy Spirit to go elsewhere. Since I lived in Waldorf practically my whole life, I knew of Grace and we decided to visit. Upon walking through the doors of Grace, we felt God's presence. We fell in love with the worship, the preaching, and the people. We knew God was moving in this church and we knew He had called us here. 

What is your biggest blessing in ministry? 

I absolutely love people. I love pursuing people, getting to know them, and pouring life into them. I thank God that he has chosen me to do so with our youth. My heart longs to build up our young men and women and point them to Christ. I love when I see a young teen surrender his life to Christ, follow Him in making disciples, and sharing the good news of the Gospel. 

What is your role at Grace?

I am the Youth Pastor here at Grace. I joined staff in July of 2017. My role is to create an entertaining environment to attract the youth of the church, the school, and the community, in order that they may hear the Gospel. My desire is not that they only hear, but through relationships and discipleship, they may grow in a deeper relationship with Christ and be equipped to walk with Him as they enter college or life after high school. 

Contact Tim -  Cell: 301-751-7823  | Email: youth@gracewaldorf.org

CATHY SHAW, CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Cathy Shaw has come on staff as a Children's Ministry Director (serving part-time). She moved to Maryland in August 2015 after completing her undergraduate program in Exercise and Health Science from Bryan College. She is in her second year as the elementary physical education teacher at Grace Christian Academy and loves her students! She has also had the opportunity to coach cross country, middle school girls basketball, and in the spring will begin her first coaching season with the track and field team. 

Cathy has made Grace Church her home church since her move to the area and has been involved in the Young Adults class. She is excited to be in this role and serve the local church by ministering to children and families as we grow the children's ministry program.

Contact Cathy -  Cell: 219-776-7703 | Email: kids@gracewaldorf.org

 

MIKE ROWE, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DIRECTOR

Mike Rowe serves as the Facilities Manager overseeing the day-to-day building operations, maintenance, and facility grounds. Mike is a native to Southern Maryland having grown up and graduated in Waldorf. After high school, Mike started his career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) having entered the Steamfitters Union apprenticeship school in 1993.

Mike has been furthering his career ever since always striving to better himself and improve the talents and giftings the Lord has given. Most recently, God has given him an opportunity to use all that he has learned in the field in ministry. Mike is married to Melissa and has two children, Austin and Hailey. He values faith, family, and his personal relationship with the Lord. We are excited to have him on staff!

Contact Mike -  Cell: 301-885-7747 | Email: mike.rowe@graceknights.org