Meet the team.

we love Jesus. We Love Yakima. We Love To Laugh. 

Bill Williamson

Senior Pastor, Head of Staff
The Grace of Christ Family is so blessed to have Bill as our Senior Pastor! He first served Grace from 1995 to 1999 and thankfully, God called Pastor Bill and his wife, Debbie, back to Yakima in 2018 and, inevitably, back to Yakima Grace in 2019...
Meet Bill.

alex rule

Pastor, Gracia de Cristo
Pastor Alex serves “Gracia de Cristo," the Spanish-speaking community of our Church Family; he also spearheads our outreach to the Latino community at Adams Elementary...
Meet Alex.

Nate Gross

Contemporary Worship
Nathan was born and raised in the Yakima Valley, calling Selah home for most of his life. He started writing songs at a young age, and has led worship since he was 16 years old, with Psalms 96 & 150 being instrumental Biblical passages in his development as a leader...
Meet Nate.

jason wickson

Traditional Worship
Jason is our Traditional Worship Director at Grace - working primarily with our Temple Choir and Jon Waite, organist, who lead our worship service at 11:00...
Meet Jason.

Melissa Gray

Family Ministries
Melissa is blessed to call Grace home since her teenage years.  She was involved with the Trek Ministry and later began teaching in the preschool.  She is now our Family Ministries Director at Grace - supervising several ministries including Grace Kids, Preschool, Students. Family Dinners, and Life Groups...
Meet Melissa.

ali hildebrand

Student Ministries
Born in Yakima, Ali Rose started her faith here at Grace, attending first the preschool and continuing on through to youth group. As Interim Student Director, she is excited to give back to the Church that raised her, and she also makes a pretty mean cappuccino...
Meet Ali.  

Monnie Miller

Grace Kids
Monnie has worked for Grace of Christ for the last 20 years working in the Childcare department for most of that time and recently became the Children’s Ministry Director. Monnie is so blessed to work with a staff that loves the kids and helps show the love of Jesus each day...
Meet Monnie.

jessica van horn

Preschool
After some time away, Jessica Van Horn is happy to be back at Grace of Christ as the Director Position of our Grace of Christ Preschool. She continues to teach Music and PE classes, as well as her director duties...
Meet Jessica.

ericka clark

Pastor's Assistant
Ericka joined the team in 2001 and has loved serving in the front office and now, as Pastor's Assistant. If you have a question, she’ll find the answer! She also shares her passion for Jesus by leading our Prayer Matters ministry...
Meet Ericka.

Jennifer Brice

Front Office


tammy Nunley

Business Manager
Tammy Nunley celebrated 25 years at Grace as Business/Finance Manager in 2020! (Happy Anniversary, Tammy!)  She was born and raised in Nebraska although she loves living in the Pacific Northwest...
Meet Tammy.

Deb Meyers

Tech & Communications
Debbie loves worshiping the Lord and loves technology – so she has the perfect job -using technology to bring Glory to God! She joined the staff in 1991 following a stint as the volunteer newsletter editor,..
Meet Debbie.

Jenifer knight

Preschool & Grace Kids
Jenifer loves sharing Jesus' love with our Grace Kids and preschoolers, especially now as her youngest of three daughters is graduating from High School...
Meet Jenifer.

Maurice Peugh

Buildings & Grounds
Maurice has been on staff at Grace of Christ for 20 years on Building & Grounds.  Many years prior to that he had volunteered with our landscape maintenance.  He loves woodworking and you can see around the church several tables that he has built with his own hands in the shop here at the church...
Meet Maurice.

Dan Barela

Custodian
Serving now as Head Custodian, Dan Barela started at Grace of Christ in 1987 - yep, that's 34 years ago! He loves serving with the staff and all the people of our ministries, from Preschool to Golden Circle...
Meet Dan.

John Yolo

Facilities
During John's youth in the Lower Valley during the 60's & 70's, John "attended" First Pres via KIT Radio. Then in the 80's he moved to Yakima and, on a Sunday morning invitation from a classmate, John found his in-person Church home with Grace!
Meet John.

meet our lay leaders.

Steve barker

Pastor, Emeritus
Steve joined the pastoral staff at "First Pres" in 1984. He helped write two books on small groups: Small Group Leaders Handbook and Good Things Come in Small Groups. Steve is an evangelist and believes that God has an absolute claim on our lives as our Creator.
Steve was honored to be Pastor Emeritus when he contracted Parkinson’s Disease and retired with a disability in 2007.  

dennis whitcher

Lay Pastor
Dennis received his Certificate in Lay Ministry from Whitworth College in 2002.  He was ordained as a Lay Pastor and commissioned to serve as the Pastor for the Tieton Presbyterian Church where he and his wife Barbara served for three years. Dennis was commissioned by our Session in January 2014, to serve as a volunteer Lay Pastor for Grace of Christ Church.

Dennis currently serves as a Deacon, conducts worship services at retirement homes, performs memorial and funeral services, serves on the Pastoral Care Team and assists during Sunday worship. He enjoys quilting with his wife Barbara, target shooting, trap shooting, and golf.