Pastoral Staff

Joel Walters , Senior Pastor

Joel Walters, Senior Pastor

Joel was born in Michigan, accepted Christ as his Savior in 1971, and graduated with a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Joel and his wife, Laurie, and their four children were called to Grace in 1992.  Joel's passion is to reach people for Christ and to help those who already know Christ become more like Him every day.

Joel's favorite verse is Acts 20:24 -- “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the race the Lord Jesus has given me - the race of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.”

Blair Abbott , Pastor

Blair Abbott, Pastor

Blair was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He gave his life to Christ in 1978. Blair, and his wife, Diana, have served at Grace since 1988; where they raised their three children and have served in both non-vocational and vocational roles.  Blair's passion is to help people know Christ personally and discover their ministry "sweet spot" [God-given gifts and talents] so they can use them to build up God's Kingdom.

Blair's favorite verse is Micah 6:8 -- “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Wes Tarbox , Pastor

Wes Tarbox, Pastor

Wes Pastors our youth, 7th - 12th graders. Wes was born and raised in Plano, TX, and accepted Christ in his childhood years. He and his wife, Melissa, have raised two children and  have served in both vocational and non-vocational ministry since 1992. Wes’ desire is to lead teens to own their faith in Christ, and to teach and disciple them in ways that encourage them to grow, serve, and discover their own giftedness as followers of Christ.  
Wes' favorite verse is Romans 8:28 -- “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

Bill Yuhasz , Pastor

Bill Yuhasz, Pastor

Bill has a passion to see people's lives changed through the gospel and the hope that comes only through Jesus. He desires to help people understand who God is, who they are and what they are called to do.  

His favorite verse is Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” 

When Bill isn't at church he enjoys spending time with is family, traveling and enjoying life.  He also travels and speaks to all types of people through his ministry Known Legacy to help inspire people to live the legacy that God has called them to.


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