Staff
Pastor

David Bauknight

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Organist and Choirmaster

Tommy Bishop

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Thomas Earl “Tommy” Bishop joined the staff of Grace United Methodist Church as Organist/Choirmaster on June 4th, 2014 after serving for 32 years as Organist/Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church.  A life-long resident of Union, Tommy began taking piano lessons at age 5 with his great aunt, Mabel Malone Godshall.  When he was 13, Frank Nabors, who then was organist at First Presbyterian Church, began teaching him organ.  He also took lessons from former Grace United Methodist Church organist, Cecil Ringer and attended the Winthrop College Academy of Music where he studied with Dr. David Lowry.  After graduating from Union High School in 1980, Bishop attended USC-Union where he received an Associate in Science degree.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Limestone College where he studied organ with Robert Sutter and piano with Joyce Welch.  While at Limestone, he received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Performance.  Bishop has been a church organist for the past 38 years having begun at the age of 14 at his home church, the Episcopal Church of the Nativity where he is a 4th generation member.  He also has served as organist for mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church for the past 20 years.  He has been a private piano and organ teacher for the past 29 years and an adjunct faculty member of USC-U for the past 10 years.  Bishop is also a member of the Union County Arts Council Board, the Union Music Club where he is a past president, the Union County Historical Society, and the Spartanburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he is a past dean.  He has played for countless weddings, funerals, graduations, community church services, and other events in Union County over the past 38 years.


Director of Ministries

Karen Hibbard

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Youth Director

Zach Staniewicz

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I grew up in Verplanck, New York, 45 minutes north of NYC right off the Hudson River.  I graduated Concordia College (Bronxville, NY) in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  I have been playing professional baseball since the summer of 2009 with teams from all over the world.  I had a 2 year hiatus in baseball when I joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 2011.  I have been involved with Grace since 2008 when my mother and I were invited to Grace by George and Eleanor Lynn.  I was taken aback by the genuine care and welcome that we received at Grace, which made it an easy choice to make that my home church.  I wanted to contribute to the Grace some how with my time.  Before I knew it, I was invited me to help out with the youth one Sunday and knew that this was something that I could do.  Youth Ministry is important to me because I know the youth are the future of the church.  Helping out the youth is not new to me after working multiple summer camps during the summer since high school and coaching different youth baseball teams. My goal is to give our youth an opportunity to know who Jesus is and equip them to share the message to anyone who crosses their path. 


Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

Caroline Barger

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Born and raised in Union, Ms. Caroline Barger has been working for Grace United Methodist since 1999. She has become a permanant fixture in the church and always warmly welcomes everyone with a smile.  She has become an integral part of the inner workings of the church, serving as both adminstrative assistant and finacial secretary.


Director of Christian Education Program

Robin Bennett

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Custodian

George Spencer


Nursery Caregiver

Melva Ledwell


Servant Leaders 2017

2017 Servant Leaders

Servant Leaders for 2017

      * PASTOR                                                                                                                  David D. Bauknight

         ORGANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR                                                                             Tommy Bishop

      * DIRECTOR OF MINISTRIES                                                                                 Karen Hibbard

      * YOUTH DIRECTOR                                                                                               Zach Staniewicz

         ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & FINANCIAL SECRETARY                              Caroline Barger

         DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN ENRICHMENT CENTER (GUMCEP)                             Robin Bennett

         CUSTODIAN                                                                                                                George Spencer

      * LAY LEADER                                                                                                                 Frank Hart

      * LAY MEMBERS TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                                     Jane Moore & Frances Adams          

         ALTERNATE LAY MEMBERS TO CONFERENCE                                                Jane & Buddy Wilkes

      * RECORDING SECRETARY                                                                                   Margie Ruff

   WEBSITE MANAGER                                                                                                 Cole Heatherly

* CHURCH COUNCIL SERVANT LEADER                                                                   Dale Goff

      * FINANCE SERVANT LEADER                                                                               John Fallaw

      * TRUSTEES SERVANT LEADER                                                                           Tommy Sinclair

      * STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS SERVANT LEADER                                                Fran Love

      * TREASURER                                                                                                        Mary Lou Gregory

         SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS                                                                  Karen Hibbard & Margie Ruff

         SUNDAY SCHOOL SECRETARIES                                                                             Sally Palmer, Margie Ruff, Karen Hibbard, Mary Lou Gregory

         MCF/SONSHINERS COORDINATOR’S                                                                    Karen Hibbard & Margie Ruff

         GEMS/STARS COORDINATORS                                                                               Pat Owens, & Jane Wilkes

         CARE GROUP COORDINATOR                                                                                Frances Adams

      * NURTURE SERVANT LEADER                                                                                  Pat Owens

      * EVANGELISM & OUTREACH SERVANT LEADER                                                   Rusty Price & Billy Jack Moore

      * ALTAR GUILD COORDINATOR                                                                               Freada Jackson

         HEAD GREETER                                                                                                       Ralph Greer       

         USHER COORDINATOR                                                                                         Glenn Hibbard           

         ACOLYTE COORDINATOR                                                                                      April Glenn

         COMMUNION STEWARD COORDINATOR                                                          Dawn Fallaw

      * HEALTH & WELFARE SERVANT LEADER                                                             Pat Nichols

      * HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR                                                                              Brenda Childers

      * UNITED METHODIST WOMEN SERVANT LEADER                                           Sheryl Price

         LOVE & SERVICE (Bereavement Ministry)                                                         Jane Moore & Marie Hudson

         CEMETERY MINISTRY                                                                                          Pete Berry (Chr.), Jack Rash, Jim Cunningham

             

MINISTRY TEAMS & MEMBERS

(Red is Ministry Servant Leader)

 

AT LARGE: CHURCH COUNCIL MINISTRIES:             

           Class of 2017:          Carolyn Turner, Dawn Fallaw, Kathy Arnold

           Class of 2018:          Zach Staniewicz, Mike Zimmerman, Mimi Charles

           Class of 2019:          Peggy Langley, Betsy Sheorn,

 

TRUSTEES MINISTRIES:      Ex-officio – Freddy Gault

            Class of 2017:    Tommy Sinclair, Doris Russell, Larry Goff

            Class of 2018:    Lisbeth Kelly, Allen Owens, Jacob Arnold

            Class of 2019:    Tommy Sherbert, Brooke Valentine, Joe Lawson

 

STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS MINISTRIES:

            Class of 2017:      Fran Love, Mike Jolly, Kathie Sinclair

            Class of 2018:      Ralph Thompson, Melodi Gault, Philip Arnold

            Class of 2019:      Judy Caston, David Keith, Bill Weber

            LM:                      Frances Adams

            LL:                       Frank Hart

 

 

NOMINATIONS & LAY LEADERSHIP MINISTRIES:   Pastor is Servant Leader

            Class of 2017:       Jeanette Galloway, Brenda Childers, John Glenn

            Class of 2018:       Harold Simmons, Mary Jane Cunningham, Sissy Matthews

            Class of 2019:       Jan Thompson, Susan Lawson, Stewart Wagner

                                          Lay Leader – Frank Hart                     

FINANCE MINISTRIES: (Members due to their leadership area)

 John Fallaw – Fin. Servant Leader                        David Bauknight- Pastor                     Mary Lou Gregory - Finance Secretary                      Dale Goff – Church Council SL.         Frank Hart – Lay Leader                                 Fran Love - SPRC Servant Leader               Frances Adams – Lay Mem. to AC                         Tommy Sinclair - Trustee Serv. Leader

 

2016 AUDIT MINISTRY

            John Fallaw, Bob Love, Frances Adams, Brenda Childers, Tommy Sherbert, Brad Valentine, Pastor David


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