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Aaron giesler

senior Pastor

Aaron and his family have been at Grace Church since 2008. He moved to Albuquerque from Dallas to be the youth pastor at Grace. Aaron earned a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and became Senior Pastor in April of 2018. In his free time, you will find Aaron coaching youth football.

Romans 8:28 is the verse that Aaron clings to when life seems hard. 

Amanda Essenmacher

ministry manager

Amanda began attending Grace Church in 2008. After serving in campus ministry and missions, Amanda worked in Christian schools as a teacher and administrator. She began serving on the executive team as Ministry Manager in 2018.

Amanda enjoys watching college basketball with her husband Mark and collecting tall stacks of books she will (probably) read this year. 

ben lawry

worship ministry director

Ben Lawry has served in Grace Church’s music ministry since 2008, initially as a volunteer musician, and as Grace Church’s full-time worship ministry director since January 2018. With a background in young adult and worship ministry, Ben has a heart for training and equipping the next generation of musicians and worship leaders to pursue the things that God has called them to do.  Ben's favorite activities include camping with his family and taking photos of the stars. 

Bryn Anthony

adult ministries director

Bryn has been part of the Grace family since 2018. She has been following Jesus since she was in college and has loved serving in many areas of ministry in and out of the church. Bryn is passionate about creating community that loves God and welcomes people. She and her husband, RJ, are often around Grace events or playing ultimate frisbee. She currently works as a registered dietitian helping people struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. She truly believes that her day-job is sharing the gospel through food.

mark tucker

missions director

Mark is a retired engineer who uses his volunteer hours to serve in many capacities. He is our current Missions Director, and he also serves with Purify the Planet and Elohim USA. Mark and his wife Janira are active volunteers at Grace Church.

Brittany Lohmeier

Family ministry director

Brittany and her family have been attending Grace since 2015. She has a background in education and a true love for children and students. Being able to minister to children through play, crafts, and song is her passion and something she considers to be a true blessing. The Lord led Brittany and her family back to Albuquerque in 2021 after some time out of state and she believes it was to serve by returning to Grace. Grace has always felt like home to Brittany and her family and she is excited to be a part of teaching the next generation about the life changing grace of Jesus.

RJ Anthony

Digital strategies director

RJ has attended Grace church since he was young. He has been serving in different ministries since he was in middle school and, after several years of serving as a lyrics and camera tech and a service producer on the worship team, he took on the challenge of leading digital strategies. RJ married his wife, Bryn, in early 2021.

brian bickett

operations manager

Brian joined the Grace family in 2000, about the same time he surrendered his life to Jesus. His working career started as a cab driver in Tokyo, Japan. He was the Distribution Manager at the University of Maryland Asian Division for five years and spent eleven years in administration for a Department of Energy contractor on Kirtland Air Force Base. Then he developed software at Oracle Corporation for another eleven years and, after taking an invention of his to market for three years, he followed the Lord’s leading to serve as our Operations Manager. Brian married his wife Kelli in 2021.

additional staff

Donna Duran


mikayla lee


douglas sloane

Maintenance Tech

Governing Board

Lance Blount


Jay Pickerill

Vice Chairman



Jeff Lohmeier


Brent Ecton

Board Member

Mark Tucker

Board Member