Meet the staff


BJ bolton , executive pastor

Pastor BJ has been on staff at Grace Church in the Executive Pastor role since 2014. Before that, he served as the Discipleship Pastor for 2 years.

 

He has been a part of the Church of the Nazarene his whole life and believes strongly in its core values – to be a Christian people, a holy people, and a missional people. In 2014, he graduated from the ministerial preparation program at Nazarene Bible College.


Pastor BJ is gifted in the areas of leadership, management, and administration. His passion and goal is to help Grace Church family and staff have all they need – physically, spiritually, and emotionally – to love and serve Jesus.

 

He loves spending time with his wife, Amber (Ber), and their two girls, Ava and Emily. He also enjoys puzzles, fishing, sports, and home-cooking.


Contact: bj@columbiagrace.org

sue purvis, discipleship pastor

Sue has served at Grace Church in various roles since 1997 including church secretary, church administrator, and she was named Discipleship Pastor in 2014. She became a Christian as a young adult and responded to God’s call into pastoral ministry in 2008. Her passion is studying and teaching God’s Word and she willingly shares His work in her life to lead others to an intimate, joy-filled walk with Christ, embracing His grace, truth, forgiveness and healing. For continued growth in life and ministry, Sue is pursuing coursework toward ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. 


Recently widowed, Sue and her late husband Larry have four grown children; Will, Nick, Tim (Carrie), Kim and two granddaughters, Emma and Libby. For fun she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, scrapbooking, taking nature walks, and watching Hallmark movies.  Relaxing on the beach with a good book underneath an umbrella, coupled with visiting historical sites, is her idea of vacation.


Contact: sue@columbiagrace.org

ray brawner, student ministries pastor

Ray has been on full time staff at Grace Church since April of 2015 as the administrative assistant. In October of 2017, he was announced as the Grace Student Ministries Pastor. Before being full-time, he served as the student ministries coordinator. Ray grew up in a Christian home in Maury County, TN. He accepted Christ at 10 years of age. Before coming to Grace Church he served as a Youth Leader in Mt. Pleasant, Tn for 7 years. Ray has a love for missions and has participated in 20 mission trips.  


Ray has recently felt the call to full time ministry and is pursuing a ministerial preparation certificate from Nazarene Bible College and plans on seeking a Christian Ministry degree from Trevecca Nazarene University starting in the Spring of 2016.


Ray is married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany. Ray and Tiffany live in Hampshire and have three children Amy Carson, Jancin, and Isaac.


Ray loves spending time with his family, he loves to fish a cold creek, and enjoys attending athletic events of any sport. He also loves Notre Dame football and is a Green Bay Packer fan. 


Contact: ray@columbiagrace.org

Tonya marks, children's pastor

Pastor Tonya loves helping children grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and she and husband, Tracy, have been a part of the lives of the families at Grace Church since 1999. Tonya believes the key to raising people of God is encouraging the church and the family to partner together. She grew up in a loving Christian home in South Carolina and was taught and shown how to live for Jesus from an early age. 


Over the years, God has provided Pastor Tonya with many opportunities to lead children through camps, childcare jobs, earning an Education degree at Trevecca Nazarene university, being a public school teacher, and - best of all - being a momma to Jay, Jeana and Levi.


Pastor Tonya loves a cold Coke, hanging out with friends, and reading in her PJs.


Contact: tonya@columbiagrace.org

Michelle noel, Minister of music

Michelle has a passion for music and felt a call into worship ministry during her time at Trevecca Nazarene University.  Though graduating with a degree in Classical Voice, Michelle spent a large majority of her college career traveling with the worship band, Awaken, which cultivated a passion for leading others in worship.  She traveled for three years leading camps, retreats, churches, and special events. During that time, she became best friends with the bass player who happens to be her husband now! Together, they started filling in at Grace Church in October of 2014. By June of the following year, Michelle became the full-time worship leader at the church and feels extremely blessed to be a part of such a supportive fellowship of believers.

Michelle was born and raised in a small town in western Kentucky (Mayfield) where a large part of her family still lives. She has one brother who lives in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with his wife. Michelle is a land-locked beach bum who enjoys being with friends, traveling, all things Christmas, watching any sporting event and binge watching Netflix.


Contact: michelle@columbiagrace.org