Leadership

Aaron giesler

senior Pastor

Aaron and his family have been at Grace Church since 2008. He moved to Albuquerque from Dallas to Grace to be the youth pastor. He has served in several roles at Grace. He became Senior Pastor in April of 2018.

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. 

kathleen cantwell

adult ministries director

Kathleen and her husband Kevin are long-time members of Grace Church. Kathleen serves as our Adult Ministries Director, overseeing our adult small groups ministry and young adults ministry. Kathleen serves as a mentor and a volunteer. She and Kevin own and operate Aspen Leaf Landscaping. 

micah click

student ministry director

Micah is from Roswell, NM. He moved to Albuquerque in January 2019 and began serving in student ministry at Grace Church. Micah seeks to leverage Grace Student Ministry to lead students of Albuquerque to Christ and show them God’s purpose for their lives.

genesis westfall

children's ministry director

Genesis was born and raised in the beautiful and humid southern state of Georgia. She graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Children’s Ministry and a Minor in Bible and Theology.  Her years of ministry experience have shaped her and has helped her sharpen my skills to lead and minister to families and children more effectively.

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.

lynne felix

welcome experience director

Lynne Felix is our volunteer Welcome Experience Director, overseeing our guest services, prayer, and communion set-up teams. She and her husband Sam have been members of Grace Church since June 2018.

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 has recently taken on the challenge of leading digital strategies. RJ and his fiancé Bryn plan to marry in 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, 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.

jessica guinn

administrative assistant

Jessica and her husband Jon were born and raised in Kansas, where they met in high school.  They married in 2004 and had their son Ian in August of 2010.  Jessica was a church administrative assistant at two other churches in Kansas City for a total of almost 8 years before they moved to New Mexico in 2012.  Jessica became the Administrative Assistant here at Grace in June of 2013 and enjoys serving Grace in this capacity.  

additional staff

julie bauer

Accountant

douglas sloane

Maintenance Tech

Maria Luisa Gallegos sandoval

Custodian

Emily White

Custodian

Governing Board

kevin cantwell

Chairman

jeremy dye

Vice Chairman

mark essenmacher

Treasurer

TJ Hauser

Secretary

josh meares

Board Member

Craig Vineyard

Board Member

Lance Blount

Board Member