PASTOR LEON WEBER
It all began when God planned a visit to Leon Weber while he was living life in darkness. He was a strong young man who had an ear to hear. He was seeking. At twenty-seven, he knelt down at a full gospel church and gave his heart to Jesus. Months later, God began speaking regarding a vision for the future. It was a vision of ministry and teaching Gods people. Years later, countless lives have been changed and affected by the gospel Pastor Leon Weber preaches. The call of God answered by a young man many years ago is still bearing fruit today.
Pastor Leon, as his congregation affectionately calls him, carries a true shepherds heart, along with a simple, dynamic ability to teach and bring forth revelation from Gods Word. His simple, yet in-depth teaching style is a favorite among his listeners. His life is one of overcoming areas of addictive behavior, and has a deep understanding of its grip on men and women. Gods hand is upon him as he takes not only the Word of God, but experience to bring the insight needed to set the captives free. Pastor Leon is known as an Ambassador of Grace and Mercy. He has been blessed with a heart for restoration, and carries this to all he touches. He has his wife, Denise; over 40 years by his side, and his two sons with him in ministry. Denise says, "Leon is a man of integrity...no matter what he has faced, I have seen him walk it out from his heart, like King David. I support him fully in his efforts and direction."
Together the Webers have pastored three churches, worked on staff with others and traveled ministering the gospel. Their callings have been proven by many being raised up in ministry under their leadership with fruit that remains. Grace Christian Fellowship was founded by Leon and Denise and is their lifes work. Grace has a strong mandate from God to reach the fallen and lost with His love and mercy. "Its been the hardest work we have yet to do, say the Webers, but absolutely the most rewarding."
PASTOR DENISE WEBER
Denise was born again in 1980 with a dramatic interaction with the Holy Spirit. She has a heart to see people walk in the fullness of what God has for them. She has a strong heart for the hurting and sees the church as a place of healing. She knows how to overcome and remain steadfast in life in the face of hardship. She is the mother of two sons, and has stood with her husband in ministry. God has used Denise in prayer for many years, her seasoned obedience has brought forth many sons and daughters into the kingdom. She is a seer and used in the prophetic. Friendship is a strong call on Denise's heart. True God called women who will stand in covenant friendship is her heart's cry. The church world has been known for betrayal and killing its own. She has a heart to change that and make a difference by establishing covenant friendships that are eternal. It's all about real people doing the right thing.
OUR PASTORAL TEAM:
Evangelist Debbie Stanley, has a Ph.D., retired in 2012 after 32 years in education as a public school educator and Early Childhood professor of the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University. She has written and presented various articles on diversity in the public school classroom. Debbie, called into ministry as an Evangelist, speaks with Holy Spirit inspired words from heaven. She oversees the Children's Ministry at Grace, as well as stands in the pulpit at various times throughout the year. She has been an ordained minister since 1994.
Pastors Jason & Rebecca Henrichson, have been ordained for ten years, serving at a ministry before relocating to the Little River area. Their primary calling is to teach people through the Scripture and by example how to walk in power. They say that God led them to Grace Christian Fellowship to introduce them to a ministry that accepts people as Christ does, loves like the Church should love and teaches the goodness of God. Jason is an excellent teacher, serving on mid-week study.
Pastor Melvin & Tammy Fields, Melvin is one of our lead vocals in our Praise Team, he teaches mid-week Bible study, has a great pulpit presence and his love for the Lord shows in all he does. He finished Bible School with AFCMITC. Melvin was ordained under Grace in 2018. Grace welcomes Melvin and his lovely wife Tammy into ministry at Grace.
Pastors Mike & Penny Merritt, Pastor Mike was called to preach in August of 1981. He and Penny have started 4 churches and pastored Abundant Life Faith Church Inc for 20 years semi retiring in 2016. Prior to Pastoral ministry he and Penny traveled throughout the US as the Merritt Singers recording 6 albums. Pastor Mike graduated from Rhema Bible College in 1986 receiving his license and ordination by Kenneth Hagin ministry. Pastor Mike brings to Grace a message of redemption and faith.
Pastors Rick & Robin Ruonala, Rick: A journey that started with Jesus as a teenager more than 45 years ago, that has included some hard and dark places….BUT GOD!! Ordained through World Harvest Ministries in 2016 while serving as lead Pastor of Father’s Cup Ministries in Longs, SC Tasted the Presence of God and have been ruined for life for MORE!!! Robin: Pastor Robin ,was ordained and licensed into Ministry in 2010, under Confidence International Ministries. She serves alongside her husband Pastor Rick, and desires to live a lifestyle passionately on fire for Christ; and to see lives and hearts made whole…by the love that changed her forever!
Pastors Rich & Liz Turschmann, serve as Youth Pastors at Grace.
SUNDAY MORNING CELEBRATION 10:00 AM
GOING DEEPER - WEDNESDAY NIGHT 7:00 PM