Meet the staff


Jason caddy, Lead Pastor

Pastor Jason has served full time in the Church of the Nazarene since 1995 and became the Lead Pastor at Grace in June, 2019Jason spent several years in staff ministry, primarily as a youth pastor but with other responsibilities in the areas of worship and finance. In 2002, he transitioned to the role of Senior Pastor and has enjoyed the calling of God on his life to serve the Kingdom, church and community. Jason’s favorite parts of ministry are meeting new people, seeing them get to know others in the church and establish new and transformational relationships.  The desire to inspire others to embrace the love of Jesus in everyday life has become a daily goal whether it is through his preaching on Sunday, playing Softball on Thursday or hanging with neighbors on Saturday. That desire is founded in the simple words of Jesus: Love God and Love People!


Pastor Jason and Tina met and married (1993) in Nashville at Trevecca Nazarene University. They have four children: Zac, Luke, Shaina, Jesse.  Jason and Tina spend most of their free time with their kids and the many different activities they find themselves involved with during their teen and college years.  Otherwise, the waves of the beach consistently call their names.  Jason also enjoys sports of all kinds (Varsity Football Official, basketball, softball, golf, etc) music and yard work.


Contact: jason@columbiagrace.org

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, care 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 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, discipleship pastor

Pastor Tonya loves helping all ages grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. She and husband, Tracy, have been a part of the lives of the families of Grace Church since 1999. She has served as children's pastor and now works with disciples of all ages.  


Before coming to Grace, Tonya graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, taught public school and was a preschool pastor. Since being here, she has completed her ordination in the Church of the Nazarene and an M.A. in Christian Education from Northwest Nazarene University. Tonya is certified in parent coaching through the National Center for Biblical Parenting and has led Financial Peace University. Her favorite role is being 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, worship pastor

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  

Children's Pastor

We are currently praying and searching for this position. Please be in prayer with us!