Welcome


 

We are a local church that exists to make fully committed disciples, to build healthy families, and to send people out to live on mission for Christ.

 

What do we want for you?

We want to help you reach your full, God-given potential.

What should I expect when I visit?

You can expect a warm greeting, free coffee, and a worship experience that is designed to help you grow in your walk with Christ.

What does Grace have for my family?

We have programs for all ages from infants to seniors. Programs include nursery, Grace Kids, 5th & 6th Grade, Junior High, High School, Young Adults, and Life Groups.

What should I wear?

We encourage you to wear what you feel comfortable in. Whether it is a suit and tie or flip-flops and a t-shirt, we want you to feel like your best self.

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 Fully Committed Disciples

Build Healthy Families

Send People Out

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.

Sending

Because there are people in the world that do not know the Good News of Christ, we will seek to equip and send people out to reach them.

Our Core Beliefs


In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have freedom of conscience. In all of our beliefs we show love.

 

About God

There is one eternal God in three persons (Trinity). Genesis 1:26

About Man

All have sinned and are separated from God. Romans 3:23

About Eternity

Everyone will spend eternity in heaven or hell. Matthew 25:46

About Jesus Christ

Jesus is the sustitutionary atonement for the sins of humanity. 2 Corinthians 5:21

About Salvation

Receiving Jesus is how we are redeemed and reconciled to God. John 1:12

About Assurance

You can know that you are saved. 1 John 5:13

About the Holy Spirit

It is given to empower people to follow Jesus. John 14:26

About the Bible

It is our authority for morality and Christian living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

About the Church

It is God's instrument to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world and to usher in the kingdom of God. Ephesians 3:10

About Creation

God is the intelligent designer of the universe. Genesis 1:1

About End Times

Jesus is returning for His bride, the Church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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

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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.

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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

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Raphael Yutzy, Worship Pastor

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.'

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Charity Mishler, Director of Kid's 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. 4:16-18
“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.”

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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.'

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Matt Yoder, Director of High School Ministry

I have attended Grace basically all of my life. It is an honor to be able to serve and be a part of the church I have grown up in. Some of my hobbies include a quality round of golf and fishing.

A favorite verse of mine is Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

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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.’

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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 Ecclesiastes 3:12, "I know there is nothing better for my people than to be happy and to do good while they live."

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Anita Miller, Executive Assistant

I have been attending Grace for several years and have been full-time on staff since January 2017.

Some of my favorite things are music, art, creativity with crafts, freshly ground hot coffee, dark chocolate, spending time with friends and visiting family in Columbus.

My background in business has widened my world and those experiences have taught me that God knows the plans He has in mind for me, plans to prosper and not harm me, plans for hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11).

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