Welcome


 

We are a local church that is committed to helping people reach their God given potential, building healthy families, and being a witness for Christ in the world through outreach. Our people are friendly. Our message is biblical and practically helpful. Our music is contemporary. Our methods are creative. We emphasize active participation.

 

What do we want for you?

We want to help you become a G5 follower. A G5 disciple is someone who Glorifies God, Grows on purpose, has a Generous spirit, is always Gracious, and has a Grateful attitude.

What should I expect when I visit?

You will get lots of hugs (we are a hugging church), free coffee, and worship experience that is designed to help you grow in your walk with Christ. We think you will love it.

What does Grace have for my family?

We have programs for all ages, from infants to seniors. Flightzone (ages 2-4th grade), Impact (grades 5-6), Thirst (grades 7-8), Inside Out (grades 9-12), Young Adults, Learning Opportunities for Adults, and Life Groups.

What should I wear?

We encourage you to wear whatever helps you feel comfortable. Whether it is a suit and tie, jeans, or flip-flops and a t shirt, we are just glad that you are thinking about visiting Grace.

How can we help you?

We have a wonderful team of pastors and volunteers that would love to meet you, and help you become the person God wants you to be. Let us know how we can serve you. 

Our Mission


Make Disciples.

Build Healthy Families.

Outreach.

Our Values


Christ-Centered

Because Jesus is central to our existence, we will seek to know Jesus, and live in a way that values him above all else.

Obedient to Scripture

Because the Bible influences our thoughts, beliefs, and actions, we will seek to know the Word, and do what it says.

Authentic

Because we desire integrity, we will seek to be honest and transparent with God, ourselves and each other.

Culturally Relevant

Because the world is changing, we will use a ministry approach that engages the culture without compromising the timeless message of the gospel.  

Relational

Because people are created in the image of God, we will seek to love and value all people.

Our Beliefs


About God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three persons:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

About Man

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  He is the supreme object of God's creation.  Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin".  This attitude separates man from God.

About Eternity

Man was created to exist forever.  He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to receive the saints, and reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man.  Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty.

About Assurance

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, there is assurance for the believer.  We can know that we are saved.  Assurance of salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this confidence.

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

About the Bible

The Bible is God's word to all men.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

Our Staff


Larry Kaufman, Lead Pastor

I am passionate about living on purpose, and making my life count for eternity. I have an amazing wife, and 5 crazy, wonderful kids. I dream of ways to unleash Grace's potential to change the world for Christ. I get to work with an amazing team of pastors, leaders and volunteers. Our best days are ahead of us.

My life verse is Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Interesting facts: My favorite food is sushi. I am competitive. I am a Browns fan. My favorite quote is "The glory of God is man fully alive." -St. Irenaeus

Contact Larry Kaufman, Lead Pastor

Wes Miller, Spiritual Growth Pastor

I have been married to Betty since 1998. We have 3 kids; Isaiah, Abby, and Maci. We love being outdoors as a family and playing sports. My favorite Bible passage is Psalm 139.

Contact Wes Miller, Spiritual Growth Pastor

Rocky Favia, Worship & Outreach Pastor

I have been at Grace since 2010. My wife, Kristie, and I were married in 1999. We have one son and one daughter. Two of my favorite activities are playing music and traveling.

Some of my favorite Bible verses are Colossians 1:13-14, 'For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.'

Contact Rocky Favia, Worship & Outreach Pastor

Ben Raber, Teaching Pastor

I have been married to Mabel for more than 25 years. We have a son, Andie, who is married and living in Sugarcreek with his wife, Amy.

Since my conversion, my passion has been, and continues to be, helping set people free from spiritual and religious bondage (darkness) and pointing people to freedom in Jesus (light). My favorite Bible verse is II Timothy 1:12

Contact Ben Raber, Teaching Pastor

Lauren Miller, Administrative Team Leader

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Scott, since 2007. We have two children, Bailey and Ethan. Some of my favorite things are running, coffee, traveling, blogging, and being with my family.

One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 5:7, 'For we live by faith, not by sight.'

Contact Lauren Miller, Administrative Team Leader

Amy Raber, Administrative Team

I married my wonderful husband in 2011, and have been at Grace since 2014. Some of my hobbies include being outdoors and crafting.

My favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4: 6-8, ‘Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’

Contact Amy Raber, Administrative Team

Tammy Troyer, Administrative Team

I have attended Grace since 2004. I have loved growing up in this church, and now being able to work for it is such a privilege. I married my best friend, Ryan, in 2015.

Some of my favorite things include drinking tea, The Little Mermaid, singing, painting, and wearing red lipstick.

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 42:1, ‘As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God.’

Contact Tammy Troyer, Administrative Team

Kendra Kaufman, Director of Care

I am in love with Pastor Larry whom I married in 1995. We have 5 children, ages 17-9, including a set of twins. As a young girl I felt God’s call on my life to serve Him in ministry. I am living my dream of serving alongside my husband at Grace.

I enjoy anything with my family, singing, playing piano, reading and knitting scarves. I also really like coffee, nail polish, flowers and lip gloss!

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 40:31, 'but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.'

Contact Kendra Kaufman, Director of Care

Charity Mishler, Director of Kids Ministry

As a previous Early Childhood Education major at Cedarville University, I am extremely excited to work with the kids here at Grace! My goal is to help them grow and inspire each child in a fun and creative way to shine their light for Jesus.

I enjoy anything chocolate, vacation, singing, outdoor adventures, fitness, and spending time with friends and family.

My favorite Bible passage is 2 Cor. 4:17-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Contact Charity Mishler, Director of Kids Ministry

Raphael Yutzy, Director of High School Ministries

I have attended Grace since 2010 and have been on staff at Grace since 2014. My wife, Regina, and I were married in 2008. We have three sons. My favorite hobbies are watching football and golf.

My favorite verse is Ephesians 3:20-21. 'Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.'

Contact Raphael Yutzy, Director of High School Ministries

Pastors' Blog