It’s been a season of significant staff changes for us at Grace UMC, and although we’re terribly sad to see members of our team move on to new opportunities, it has given us at Grace new opportunities as well – a chance to reimagine the best way to structure our staff team to serve the congregation and the community.
After discussion and prayer by our staff and SPR Committee, Stacy Guerrero was asked to expand her responsibilities and serve as Director of Next Gen Ministries – a term that encompasses all of the “next generation” of Christ-followers that we are raising up in the church. With the launch of our extension campus, Common Grace, and the upcoming expansion of children and youth programming at the Center of Grace, it’s critical that we have a Director to coordinate ministries at all sites and ensure quality programming. Stacy has done excellent work as the Director of Children’s Ministries and we are so excited for her to grow into this new role.
With Stacy moving into her new role, we have new faces in Children’s Ministry to introduce you to! We are pleased to welcome a new Children’s Ministry Program Coordinator, Laura Messer, to our staff team. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She will be overseeing and managing all of our Children’s Ministry programs at Ridgeview with an emphasis on elementary aged Sunday programing, special events, family programs and providing resources for faith formation for families to utilize throughout the week.
Another recent addition to our staff is Chrissy Green, our Early Childhood Specialist. Chrissy serves as the lead teacher for our ELL preschool at Center of Grace and oversees Sunday morning childcareand preschool programming at the Ridgeview campus. Chrissy spent many years teaching in schools and now brings her talents to share with kids in our church and community!
These are exciting times! If you have any questions about all that has changed, feel free to contact Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org- and when you see Stacy, Chrissy, and Laura around the church, be sure to congratulate them and/or welcome them to Grace!