Grace exists to gather the convinced and unconvinced into community, where we grow as Jesus does His work of forgiving and renewing, so that we go out to live for a story bigger than ourselves.
Gathering takes place through Sunday worship, community groups and affinity groups, as well as a variety of other venues, large and small. Gathering was the instinct of the early church because the Christian life is a community project. Even if you’re not yet a Christian, gathering with other Christians is vital, because “Belonging often happens before believing.”
The work of Jesus takes place as we worship, pray, cry, serve, love, help, celebrate, and encourage one another. By His Spirit, we are transformed, becoming more like what God intended humanity to be.
We are blessed to be a blessing, which means that followers of Jesus are to be “in the world, not of the world, but for the world”. God’s ultimate goal is to make “all things new”, but He wants us to bring the hope of new creation into the “here and now” – in our neighborhoods and in our schools, at the coffee shops and at the bars, with our families and where we work, throughout Silicon Valley and to the world.
Meet Our Team
There are many layers of leadership at Grace, including pastors, elders, and diaconal mercy team members, as well as numerous lay volunteers who play absolutely vital roles in serving and leading us with their gifts. In addition, we have several full-time and part-time Staff who are characterized by a spirit of cooperation and mutual support for the sake of fulfilling our mission.
As the Director of Operations, James’ responsibilities include internal administration, facilities management, event planning, and heading Sunday morning execution. He also leads the Faith & Sexuality affinity group.
In his free time he enjoys exploring Northern California (and beyond), hiking, trail running, CrossFit, the Enneagram, dad jokes, and anything food/drink/coffee-related, all hopefully while hanging out with friends and his community group.
Kevin now lives in Mountain View with his wife Stephanie and two children. Stephanie grew up between the U.S. and Brazil, and was in academia before landing in tech. Besides trying to keep up with their kids, Kevin and Steph enjoy traveling, hiking, and cheering on Cleveland sports & the OSU football team.
As the GraceKids Nursery and Preschool Coordinator, Sarah oversees nursery childcare, preschool volunteer training and scheduling, and preparation of class curriculum and supplies. Best of all, Sarah gets to help children grow their relationship with their Heavenly Father by sharing big truths with them and by showing them that church is a place where they are known and loved.
Sarah wouldn’t mind telling you that she’s happiest when surrounded by giggling children, that she often tears up in class during worship and story time, and that every little person who walks through the doors of GraceKids is incredibly important to her. When Sarah isn’t at Grace, you’ll likely find her on a soccer, football or baseball field biting her nails and cheering her kids on, or hiking with her dog while listening to classic rock and dreaming of a tropical vacation with her husband.
Alongside her role at Grace, Kathy is pursuing a Master’s of Counseling degree with Westminster Online Learning. Her favorite ways to unwind are laughing, hiking and spending time with family and friends, but especially with her one-year-old grandson.
David also loves finding new places to eat, cycling, college football, snow skiing, live music, and great coffee – especially when these things are shared with others. His heart is for Grace to always feel like a place where you are “free to struggle” instead of “struggling to be free.”
Iron likes to spend time with his family, learn obscure facts, and follow his beloved New York Yankees. He is married to his wife Grace, and they have one daughter, Charlotte.
After working for RUF for five years, Jess came on staff at Grace in May 2018 to serve as the Director of Creative Arts and Congregational Care and interim Worship Director, or affectionately known as the Director of Colors and Feelings. She currently coordinates our worship team and crafts our Sunday services by choosing songs, Scripture readings and prayers that complement the preaching of the Word.
When she’s not making music, Jess loves listening to music — discovering new artists and going to see her favorites live. She loves hosting movie nights and trying out new recipes on her dinner guests. She is also a part of the Crossfit community and likes to lift heavy things.
The GraceKids Elementary coordinator role was a natural fit for Allison as she loves communicating God’s great love for his children to his children. She has been serving in children’s ministry for most of her life, either as a volunteer in her church, a summer camp counselor, an Outdoor Education instructor, a registrar for Pine Cove camps, and on the GraceKids check-in team.
To get on her good side, bring her a latte and tell her that you think her children, Nate, Caed & Emerson, are hilarious, sweet, kind, etc.