Deacons are the servant layer of leadership in the church. They are qualified men (1 Tim 3:8-13) serving the church to meet a specific task in order to free the elders to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). The following are the deacons, the servant leadership, of Grace Bible Church.
After a career in the field of education in the states of Kansas and Colorado I moved to Southern California. While there I completed a seminary degree and married Janet. We had both lost our first mates to cancer after marriages of 30+ years. I served as a pastor for over 6 years in a small central California church before moving to the Phoenix area. I serve as a smallgroup leader in our church. I see it as an opportunity to promote fellowship and mutual building up of one another in the faith. It is a blessing to grow along with those in the group.
Next Generation Ministries (3-11)
Jeff Hantla serves as a deacon of benevolence. His specific task is to assist and advise those with a need. He often helps individuals and families find means to meet physical needs as well as setting and meeting budgets; housing and financial difficulties are often discussed. Working as a physical therapist for 35 years has prepared Jeff to help those with physical needs improve their strength and function as well as navigate the healthcare system. Drawing on his role providing for his family for 40 years, Jeff is skilled at encouraging husbands to find ways to care financially and physically for their family.
Jeff writes, “In going through life, we all should expect to experience times of suffering and trials, which are all designed by God to grow us in Christ. If this time of trial includes financial stress, I would love to meet with you and go over your budget with you to find out what needs changing or addressing and find ways the church can help you in this. The best way to contact me is by phone. Call or text:480-406-9216.”
If you are contacting us for financial help and you are not a member of Grace Bible Church you will need to complete this form prior to discussing your need. Please note that the benevolence ministry’s primary focus is on providing material help and support for those within the church.
Logistics Coordination for Team PNG
Jeremy and Lorie Lehman have three children, Greer, Belle and Knox. They serve as missionaries for Grace Bible Church. They were both born in Northern California. The two of them met around Christmas of 2002 and were married in 2004. Having formerly lived in Anthem, AZ they eventually moved to Gilbert in January of 2010 and started attending Grace Bible Church. On a Missions Sunday in June 2012 they heard about the need for Logistics Staff in Papua New Guinea. After completing training they departed to the field with the Dodds and Canns in November of 2014. They currently serve in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Jeremy can be reached via Facetime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BookTable & Smallgroup
Equipping Hour & Smallgroup
Benevolence & Church Finances
Dave Bower is deacon serving over the areas of benevolence and church finances.
Bobby was born and raised in Mesa, AZ. The Lord graciously granted him repentance in 1999. In December of 2008 Bobby found his beloved home at GBC. During that same year he met his treasured wife Allie, whom he married in 2010. In 2014 he began to serve in the newly formed Equipping Hour ministry, which offers courses to the GBC body on various Biblical topics. Bobby shares in the operational duties of Equipping Hour, a ministry dear to his heart because it is through the knowledge of the Lord that His saints grow in their ability to glorify Him.
NGM & Smallgroup
Ben and his wife Melissa were raised in Southern California and met in high school at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. They were married in 2003 and moved to Arizona in 2007 for Ben’s job in the insurance industry and became members of Grace Bible Church the same year. Ben and Melissa have been serving in Next Generation Ministries since 2007 where Ben is currently deacon over the Infants and Toddlers ministry. Ben also serves as a smallgroup leader and is actively involved in various men’s ministries. In addition to NGM, Melissa also serves in the women’s Wellspring ministry and Frontlines. Ben and Melissa both attended The Master’s College where Ben received his degree in Christian Ministries Administration in 2003. He received his MBA from Arizona State University in 2012. They live in Chandler with their two daughters, Charis & Emma.
BookTable & CoffeeTable & Smallgroup
Facilities & Finance/Budget
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