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Ed Scearce | Sr. Pastor


Dr. Scearce spent 19 years in the business world prior to entering fulltime ministry in 1988.  He has served as Senior Pastor of Grace Church in Normal, Illinois since January, 1998.  He is a graduate of Liberty University and holds a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity International University.


In addition to serving as senior pastor of Grace Church, Dr. Scearce also has an international ministry of preaching and teaching the Word of God in various locations.  Along with his duties at Grace Church he serves as an adjunct professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, Netherlands and at MITS in Nagpur, India. Whether in the class room or behind a pulpit it is his desire to preach the life changing Word of God.


Pastor Scearce’s experiences in the business world and ministries in Western Europe, Romania, India and Africa bring a unique global perspective to the ministry God has given to him. He is dedicated to sharing the gospel of Christ through the “Oikos” paradigm and to the building of ministry leaders locally and internationally. 


Pastor Ed and his wife Lea have four children and four grandchildren.  Two of his hobbies are vegetable gardening and hunting.


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Len Thebarge | Sr. Associate Pastor


Executive Pastor Len Thebarge and his wife Denise are deeply committed to helping people develop strong spiritual foundations as they experience God's love and grace together. Len also provides administrative help to the overall ministry of Grace Church.


In addition to his experiences as a parent, Bible teacher, Senior and Youth Pastor, Len holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree from Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania. Pastor Len and his wife Denise have five adult children and four grandchildren. Len enjoys reading, exploring antique stores with Denise and playing with his grandchildren!





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David Gross | Associate Pastor of Student & Family Ministries


David Gross serves as coordinator of Jr. High, Sr. High and College events. Since high school he has been following a calling to work with young people, spreading the good news of Christ. He loves to disciple students through building relationships and teaching God's Word. In addition to student ministry, David is passionate about helping families to grow in their relationship with God and each other as they apply biblical truth to their lives.


David and his wife Marianne have two sons, Caleb and Zachary and two daughters, Sarah and Emily. David enjoys playing with his children, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, playing basketball, golf, and reading.