Our Staff

Pastor Bruno R. Giamba, lead pastor

What is your role at Grace Church? 

My role at Grace church is Lead Pastor.  

What do you enjoy most about serving the Lord in ministry? 

I love preaching and teaching God's Word. I love to lead, coach and serve the staff. I enjoy working together as a team! Grace church has an amazing staff. In addition, I enjoy working with the leaders of the church. Our leaders have a "can do" attitude, in other words, a "servants heart". I'm excited to work alongside them for God's glory!

What are you most passionate about?  

Leading people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I love coming "alongside" of new believers and training them in discipleship. I want believers to become fully dedicated followers of Christ and reach their immediate context for God's kingdom! 

What are some of your interests?

I enjoy spending time with my wife (Gioia) and four children (Maria, Rebecca, Giuseppe and Sofia), working out at the gym, reading, playing sports, eating (sorry, I need to be honest) and watching Yankee baseball! 


Contact Pastor Bruno -  Cell: 856-745-8625  | Email: bruno.giamba@gracewaldorf.org

Pastor Dennis Fay, Executive pastor

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

I came to GRACE over two decades 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 lead pastor's arms so he can do what God has called him to do - shepherd God's church.

Contact Pastor Dennis - Cell: 301-509-3548 | Email: dennis.fay@gracewaldorf.org

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.), the women's ministry director, 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

 KRISSEL MIRAFLOR, OFFICE        ADMINISTRATOR

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

 I started attending in the Spring of 2017 when my cousin  Tim (the youth pastor) mentioned that the worship band  needed a drummer. I'm a drummer and even though I lived  in Northern Virginia, I was eager to play and serve the Lord through music. I started playing with the band and haven't left since. I moved to Waldorf in May 2018 and was able to be even more involved. 

What is your biggest blessing in ministry? 

Seeing God work in and through people. I love being a part of creating environments of worship where people can freely express their love for God. 

What is your role at Grace?

After being a volunteer for almost two years, the Lord opened the door to come on staff and serve Him and the church through administrative office work. I'll be serving the staff and pastors and I'm so blessed to be on staff at Grace Church Waldorf!

Contact Krissel -  Cell: 747-272-3641  | Email: krissel.miraflor@gracewaldorf.org

HEATHER BELL, CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Heather Bell is excited to lead the team in ministering to the children of Grace Church Waldorf. She and her husband Matt first visited in August 2017 and transferred their membership from Clinton Grace Church (another church in the Charis Fellowship) in March 2018. Then in April, the former Children’s Ministry Director approached Heather about succeeding her in the role after she moved away. She officially started this new position in June 2018.

Besides having four children of her own, she is a teacher having taught fifth grade, preschool, and second grade for a total of fourteen years. She attended Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and earned bachelor’s degrees in both elementary education and biblical studies (and met Matt!). Then she was privileged to continue in education, earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College. She was honored to serve her previous home church in the nursery and lead the MOPS ministry for several years. All that to say, her ministry heart and passion is with and for children.

Contact Heather  -  Cell: 301-848-2506 | Email: kids@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

JOHN WATHEN, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DIRECTOR

 John Wathen serves as the Facilities Manager overseeing the day-to-day building operations, maintenance, and facility grounds. 

John has been 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. John is married to Kenda and has three children, Sophie, Samuel, and Susannah. He values faith, family, and his personal relationship with the Lord. We are excited to have him on staff!


Contact John - Cell: 301-542-4070 | Email: john.wathen@graceknights.org