Pastor Jesse Bradley joined Grace as our Senior Pastor in October 2015. Jesse played professional soccer as a goalkeeper in Zimbabwe, Africa (Highlands F.C.) and Scotland (Rothes F.C.). He graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Psychology, and also holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jesse enjoys working with a wide range of people. His passions include developing leaders, preaching, helping people discover Jesus and incorporate their faith into everyday life. He has written two books, Rooted in Grace, and recently, A New Season. Jesse and his wife, Laurie, have four children.
John Bomar is our Pastor of Congregational Care. John has 19 years of experience as a pastor and associate pastor. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, with a degree in religion. John also attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, and has an M.Ed. in Pastoral Counseling from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. John and his wife, Mary, are both native Washingtonians and have been married since 1963. They have two adult children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, all living in the Auburn area.
Tyler Clark is our Adult Ministries Pastor. Tyler is passionate about discipling people who disciple others. He is currently attending Multnomah University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Leadership. Tyler and his wife, Tracia, have been married since 2005 and have three children. Tyler enjoys family adventures, woodworking, reading, technology, and good coffee.
Mark Edwards has been a pastor to children and their families since 1997. In November of 2016, Mark joined the staff of Grace Community Church. He is committed to building a partnership with families and believes that parents have the greatest role which is to lead their children into a deep and authentic faith with God through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Mark has been married to his wife, Cheri, since 1987. They have three daughters, each married, and enjoys being “Papa” to five beautiful grandchildren. Mark enjoys home remodeling and repair, woodworking, and golf. His greatest joy is spending time with his family. Each week he and Cheri enjoy Family Dinner Night with their children and grand kids.
Andy Shurson is our Student Ministries Pastor. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary and has been involved with Grace Student Ministries over the last several years through GO Retreat, Journey Summer Camp, and has written curriculum for Student Life Groups. Andy and his wife, Lauren, were married in 2013 and enjoy doing ministry work together. The two of them, along with their dog, Briley, made the big move from Nashville, Tennessee, to the Pacific Northwest in August 2014. Andy and Lauren have two sons, Haddon and Lewis. Andy enjoys hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and fellowship over coffee, food, and board games (although he can be a little competitive).
Paul Ward has been a worship pastor for the past fifteen years in Michigan, Oregon, and now at Grace Community Church since 2013, where he leads worship for our worship services. Paul is dedicated to “developing artists to lead our church to passionately worship our God.” He graduated from Yale University in 1996 with a degree in biology and is currently finishing his master’s degree in ministry leadership at George Fox Seminary. Paul and his wife, Kristen, have been married since 1996 and have three children. Paul is an ultra-running enthusiast. His idea of a good time is running for several hours on a remote mountain trail or running in a 50 mile race.
Brett and his wife, Debbie, met at an eastside church college Bible study group and have been married since 1990. Grace Community Church has been their church home since 2003. Their daughter is in college and their son is an active grade-schooler. Brett runs an epoxy formulation company in Auburn, and Debbie is in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship. Brett has been active in many ministries at Grace including the Men’s Golf Tournament, teaching 4th grade Sunday school, serving on the Resource Advisory Team, and leading a small group. Debbie serves in the church library and sings in the choir. They enjoy kids sports, playing golf, Husky football, and cooking anything with bacon.
David and his wife, Kim, were married in 1977 after having met in high school, and they started attending Grace Community Church in 1981. They have three adult children. David has a background in corrections and law enforcement. He spent 26-1/2 years at the Tukwila Police Department, retiring in 2011 as Chief of Police. David has served on multiple committees including Pastoral Search, Building with Purpose, Elder Search, and Resource Advisory Team. David enjoys hunting, horses, and sailing. Kim loves to quilt and is a part of the Grace Quilters Ministry. They both also enjoy spending time at and sharing their cabin in Eastern Washington.
David Kaneshiro and his wife, Melanie, have been married since 1987 and have two adult children. They have been attending Grace since 2007, where they have served as small group leaders. David became a Christian in the early ’80’s and has been involved with International Student ministries in various capacities since that time. He is employed at World Vision. David’s passions include transformational prayer and the mission of disciples making disciples.
Brad has attended Grace since moving to Auburn in 2005. He has been married to JoAn since 1986. They have four children. He first came to faith in Jesus when he was a child living in Boise Idaho. He is a graduate of Northwest University with a degree in pastoral ministry. He is excited to be serving the church as an Elder in times such as these. He believes the greatest days are ahead of us as we prayerfully seek God and are obedient to fulfilling The Great Commission by making disciples for Jesus.
Craig and his wife, Melanie, moved to Auburn from Canada in 2005. Their home is loving but chaotic, with two teenage sons and a very energetic dog! Craig owns a business involved in collision reconstruction and 3D laser scanning, while Melanie works in Human Resources at Weyerhaeuser. They both came to Christ in 2001 after being invited to attend a course at a friend’s church, which explained who Jesus is and was not afraid to address the difficult objections to Christianity head-on. They started attending Grace in 2007 and have led a Life Group since that time. Together, as a couple and individually, Craig and Melanie have served at Grace in various ministries including ESL, the pastor search committee, missions, and Resource Advisory Team. Their family enjoys skiing, sailing, and anything outdoors.
Torrey and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1990. They have been attending Grace Community Church since 2004, and they have three adult children, all in their twenties. Torrey has worked at World Vision since 1989 and has served in various leadership roles throughout Africa, the United States, and Europe. His passions in ministry are missions/outreach, and Life Groups. Torrey’s hobbies/interests include hiking, biking, kayaking, theology, and travel.
Mark and his wife, Robbie, met in high school in Wyoming and have been married since 1983. They moved to Washington in 1985 and have been attending Grace since 1997. They have two adult sons and one cute dog. Mark is an engineering manager at Boeing, Robbie is a real estate agent with Windermere, and together they serve in the Marriage Investors ministry at Grace and share a passion for seeing marriages grow and flourish. For fun, they enjoy projects around the house or in Mark’s workshop, relaxing in the back yard, and driving cars at the track. They live in the Lake Tapps area and host a small group in their home.
Barry and his wife, Patty, greatly enjoy the opportunity to serve together in ministry. Currently they are leading Second Sunday Prison Ministry and Unshakable Parents, a support group for parents who have children battling addictions. Barry and Patty are also very active in Worship and Arts ministry and have formerly served as Marriage Mentors, taught blended family classes, and served in the High School ministry. They live in Auburn and have four children and three grandchildren. Barry and Patty own an executive recruiting business and work to enable client companies to raise the bar and position candidates to reach new horizons.