The goals of the church leadership are to help build up the church, promote the spiritual welfare of the fellowship, maintain the character of doctrine reflected in the services and ministries of the church and be custodians of church property and finances, all done to the glory of God.
Bill’s life purpose is helping people learn God’s Word and live it together. Before coming to Grace he pastored churches in Wisconsin and Oregon, taught Pastoral Ministry as a Seminary Professor, and deployed as a Military Chaplain. Bill grew up on a dairy farm (yep – a cheesehead!) and became a follower of Christ as a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A graduate of both Northwest Baptist Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary, Bill and his wife Teri live in Manhattan and are the parents of four children; Rachel, Jenni, Anna, and Jon.
Clint longs to experience the transformative grace of Jesus Christ in his own life and in the church. He serves through teaching, prayer, counseling and providing direction for family and discipleship ministries. A Kansas native, he grew up under the godly influence of his parents on the family farm. Clint enjoys spending time with his family watching football and exploring God’s glorious creation.
Alan’s goal is to serve the church through music and the Word. After graduating from Iowa Wesleyan College he taught band and choir for five years before deciding to minister in music full-time. Alan loves to play guitar and piano and has a passion to see all generations join in worship. His duties include the planning and coordination of all public worship services, development of teams within the worship ministry and technical support for the staff and website. Alan and his wife, Jodie, live in Manhattan. They have three children, Isaac, Abigail and Chloe. You can learn a little more about Alan, his family and the journey they have been on for the past couple of years on their blog, http://ourchloeelizabeth.blogspot.com.
“Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.” That’s what I heard the night I first came in contact with the Gospel as a sophomore in high school. It was at that time I gave my life to Jesus and He has been the most important thing in my life ever since. Coming to Kansas State in 1975 — where I earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture — I quickly found a spiritual home at Grace Baptist Church. The pastor at the time, Horace Brelsford, became a spiritual father to me and he encouraged me to go on from K-State to Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana, where I earned a Th.M. Before traveling east, however, I married Amy, my wonderful partner and beautiful wife. Amy and I have four daughters, now grown, three granddaughters, and one energetic grandson. From seminary, we served 11 years in France as missionaries in church planting and theological education. Living back in Manhattan since 2000, Grace has once again become our spiritual oasis, where I have been able to pursue my passions of studying and teaching theology, especially as it is found in the overarching narrative of the Old Testament. It is a humbling thing now to serve as a pastor. May Jesus Christ be the most important thing to each of us.
April Bockus is the Office Assistant and Custodian. She has served Grace since 2002 with a servant heart and quiet spirit. April takes care of attendance and updating the data base, handles the bills and voucher system we use, maintains the files, graciously answers the phone, maintains records, printing jobs, and joyfully completes other tasks as assigned. April and her staff also keep the building clean, working around our busy activities here at Grace. She is also our troubleshooter. April’s elected position at Grace is Church’s Financial Secretary. April attended the Manhattan Area Technical College and earned a degree in Business. April and her husband, Bill have three daughters and two grandchildren.
Kay Bollman is the Visitation Coordinator and has a heart of mercy. She has served Grace since 1997 through visitation, counseling, and prayer. She records information given by our guests and contacts them as needed, helps maintain the care group lists and assignments to those groups and assists in visitation ministry. Kay takes great joy in learning and doing new things. Kay serves on the Deacon/Deaconess board, which is an elected position. Kay has been involved in many different outreaches over the years and has been a great blessing to our fellowship. Her husband John passed away September 2 of 2011.
Jenner Carter serves as Staff Assistant and Nursery Coordinator. Jenner has a passion for organization, numbers, and planning, which she utilizes daily in her responsibilities at Grace. She and her husband, Eric, were brought to the Manhattan area by the U. S. Army in December 2002. Eric and Jenner hail originally from Arkansas–Woo Pig Sooie! They were married in August of 1996 and have been blessed with three children: Gabriel, Gillian, and Gracelyn. In her “spare time” Jenner enjoys scrapbooking, puzzles and football.
Jenny Humes serves as staff assistant. She and her husband Nathan have attended Grace since 2000 while attending Kansas State University where they met. They were married in 2002. They have two children, Hannah and Jack. Jenny’s gift of administration was used while serving as the AWANA Commander at Grace for seven years. She now utilizes these gifts to assist the Leadership of the church and execute various daily tasks including: maintaining the buildings schedule, bulletins, design work, membership process and baptism process. Jenny loves to laugh, cook, eat, read and cheer on her Kansas State Wildcats.
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly…” 1 Peter 5:2
The congregation of Grace Baptist Church holds the office of elder in high regard. Mark Dever, in his book The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, writes:
“Elders serve as spiritual overseers of the church. They are intended by God to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer. Ministry of the Word. Elders are quite literally deacons of the Word. This is the central responsibility of elders, and it is absolutely central to the life and growth of the church. Elders are to lead God’s people by teaching God’s Word. This teaching must be by the public handling of God’s Word, the private counsel of biblical principles, and by an exemplary lifestyle that others may imitate. Prayer. Elders are also to devote themselves to prayer, both for themselves and on behalf of the whole congregation. Prayer not only counts as elder work, it is essential to the elder’s work. In the ministry of the Word and prayer, elders graze the flock on the Word, guard the flock from false teaching, and guide the flock on their homeward journey.”
Greg and his wife Leigh joined Grace Baptist in 1987. They were Grace sponsored missionaries for ten years with World Impact Inc. Their oldest son Jesse and his wife Sonya live in Kansas City as does their youngest Daughter Janelle. Manhattan is home to their oldest daughter Rebekah and her husband Jon, as well as their youngest son Levi and his wife Emily. Greg works in residential remodeling. Leigh received her online degree in early childhood education later in life and is presently teaching at a local preschool.
Allen began attending Grace in 1986 when he came to take a faculty position at Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics. He began serving as Treasurer and on the Stewardship committee in 1987 and served for 16 years in that role. He began serving as an elder in 2003 serving three terms. He was elected again in 2010 and is completing his second term. He has taught adult Sunday school, lead Bible studies with the singles, taught 5th and 6th grade Sunday school, assisted his wife Lila in teaching 2nd grade and 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school. He is currently teaching 4th through 6th grade Sunday school. Allen was married to Lila in 1989. He and Lila have five children. Andrew, Sarah, Nathan, Rachel, and Jonathan. In his free time he enjoys going to his children’s events.
My wife Janice and I have four children, Kristyne, Jason, David and Nathan. We have seven grandchildren, ranging in age from nineteen to one year. Janice works full time at Manhattan High School and I work there part-time as a substitute teacher for USD 383. We have a full schedule with church, our family & our work; but enjoy traveling when we can. I enjoy reading and studying Scripture as well as several Christian authors including Paul David Tripp and John Mac Arthur.
Dan Strom and his wife Judy have lived in Manhattan since 1986. They are parents of two grown sons, and have two grandchildren. Dan works for Kansas Farm Bureau. He and his wife have both served in many Grace Baptist ministries over the years, some of which are Wednesday evening children’s ministries, children’s Bible Hour, youth ministry, Adult Bible Hour teacher, Elder, Christian Education, Singles ministry and others. Dan has also served on the USD378 Board of Education and other community and state task forces. Dan reads a wide range of literature and finds it difficult to identify a specific author/book as a favorite. Usually his favorite book is the one he is currently reading!
Our family has attended Grace since 1981. Nancy and I have three grown children and eleven grandchildren. I am now retired from working at Cornerstone Family Counseling Center for over 25 years. I have very little spare time but when I do, I enjoy grandchildren, gardening, woodworking, fruit trees, helping family and friends with construction projects, travel, and family reunions. I read a wide variety of authors from Civil War, western history to inspirational . Over the years I have enjoyed some of the older ones like Dallas Willard, John Ortberg and Henry Blackaby. For the past couple of years I have enjoyed studying and teaching the wisdom literature in the book of Proverbs.
Susie and I returned to our home town and my home church, Grace Baptist, in 1985 with their three children. Earlier, in 1996, my parents along with their 7 children moved to Manhattan and began attending and serving at Grace. I was blessed to grow up spiritually at Grace under the teaching of pastors Falkner and Brelsford and many SS teachers and youth leaders. Having been raised in a Christian home, led to Christ by my mother, and discipled by the Church, I have grown to deeply appreciate the role of the church in our walk with Jesus. My walk with Jesus was distracted by worldly things in my youth. Thankfully through that time He never left me. Here is the short story of God’s provision: met Susie in high school, we quickly fell in love, began attending K-State together, I got drafted into the Army and sent to Germany, came home and married Susie and we went back to Germany for a year, returned to Manhattan to finish my education, moved to my favorite State of Colorado, rededicated my lfe to Jesus in 1982, and that gets us back to where I started this bio. The Lord opened a position for me at K-State so we could be closer family. After moving back home we were blessed with two more children. We are now “empty nesters” and enjoying our 12 grandchildren. I am eager to serve the body of Christ at Grace and look forward to seeing how God will use this fellowship to bring Him honor and glory. I currently minister in a men’s group, a care group, and AWANA.