Who are Grace's Elders?

As Grace Fellowship has continued to grow, we are seeking to fill leadership positions on our Elder Board. As a result, we have the opportunity to affirm two candidates to fulfill this critical role at our church.

Elders function in several critical areas at Grace. Some of the most significant ones include:

  • Serving as spiritual overseers of the church.
  • Ensuring correct theology is being taught.
  • Protecting the vision, mission, and direction of the church through decision making.
  • Actively shepherding people, praying for the church, and teaching when needed.
  • Managing and overseeing the overall budget of the church.
  • Establishing future direction of the church.

Meet our Elder Candidates

Jim Bennett

Jim and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2007 and have two children - Graham (9) and Daniel (6). Jim is currently the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, where he works closely with colleges and universities across Ohio. He has been a Christian for 26 years, and since becoming a regular attender at Grace in 2010, Jim has served as a Grace Group Leader and Host, as a member of the Pickerington Campus Counting Team, and on the Guest Services Seating Team. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with family, reading, and being in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Luke Smith

Luke has been a Christ-follower for 24 years and has attended Grace for 11 years. While at Grace, he has served on the seating team, led a High School Ministry group, and served as a 678 leader. He currently serves on safety services, performs premarital coaching, and co-leads a men's small group. Luke is a Captain at Jackson Township Fire Department where he provides Fire and EMS services. He is married to Angie and they have three kids - Elijah, Naomi, and Mack. He enjoys spending time with family, camping, woodworking, and sports.


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