Grace Community Church

Grace Church Leadership


Pastor-Teacher | Staff Elder

John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church. Following in the steps of his father, Dr. Jack MacArthur, John represents five successive generations of pastors in his family. He is also president of The Master's College and Seminary and is heard daily on "Grace to You," a nationally syndicated radio broadcast. The Grace to You ministry is committed to spreading John’s teaching through radio, books, CDs, television, and the Internet. John’s books include, The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.

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Clayton ERB

Minister of Music

Clayton coordinates and presides over Sunday services, concerts, and special events. He began his music ministry in his teens as pianist and organist for Bible conferences, radio and television, and traveling musical groups. After concluding his traveling ministry, he became minister of music at Gilead Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan; First Baptist Church of Eugene, Oregon; and Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington. Clayton's musical skills include choral conducting, composing, arranging, playing keyboard, and vocal coaching. He received his training at the University of Pennsylvania and through private instruction at Temple University and King's College, Briarcliff, New York.

Staff listed alphabetically

Andrew CURRY

Pastor, Jr. High Ministry

Andrew Curry grew up in Northern Ireland, where he trained as an elementary school teacher. While working as a teacher, he became involved in youth ministry and lay preaching. In 2010 Andrew moved to California in order to attend The Master’s Seminary, where he is currently enrolled in the Th.M program. Prior to serving as Junior High Pastor, Andrew served in the Crossroads ministry. Andrew and his wife, Sarah, have one daughter.


Pastor, College Ministry | Staff Elder

Austin has served in student ministry for over a decade. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, he moved to Los Angeles to attend The Master's Seminary in 2005. After serving as the junior high and high school pastor, he now serves as college pastor. He and his wife, Merilly, have three daughters and a son.


Pastor, Outreach Ministries | Staff Elder

After growing up in Guatemala, Central America, Kevin completed training for ministry at TMS in 1992. Upon graduation, he and his family spent several years in the former Soviet Union. In 2003 the Edwardses returned to Grace, where Kevin assists with training and preparing others for life and ministry overseas with Grace Ministries International.


Pastor, High School Ministry

Andrew Gutierrez has served on the staff of Grace Church since 2007. Prior to serving as the high school pastor, he served in children’s ministries and with college and career age adults. Andrew graduated from The Master’s Seminary in 2012. Prior to that he taught high school Government, United States History, and Economics and served as a Vice-Principal and Athletic Director. He received his B.A. in Political Science from California State University – Northridge. He and his wife, Michelle, have three sons.


Pastor, Membership

Justin began his ministry at Grace Church in 2010 after graduating from Bible college with a B.A. in Bible and a double minor in Pastoral Theology and Music. Before serving as the pastor of membership, he coordinated membership classes, interviewed prospective members, and helped oversee the new visitor ministry. Justin will receive his M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in 2014. He and his wife, Tonya, have one daughter and three sons.


Pastor | Church Administrator | Staff Elder

Michael joined the staff in 2005 as Associate Pastor of Spanish Ministries. He currently serves as Pastor of Administration over Grace Church. Michael has a missionary background in Latin America and has also served as senior pastor of a church for eight years in Oxnard, California. Michael received his M.Div. from The Master's Seminary. He and his wife, Madeline, have two daughters and a son.


Pastor, Special Ministries

Rick graduated from The Master’s College with a degree in Christian education and also attended The Master’s Seminary, where he received a master of divinity degree. For six years Rick served in an outreach ministry of Grace Church to the homeless in L.A. He then served in the Sunday School ministry for six years. Since 2002, Rick has been the pastor over Special Ministries. This is ministry to the mentally and physically disabled people of the church. Rick also serves in the Pastoral Care Ministry. Rick and his wife, Janelle, serve together in these ministries.


Pastor, Pastoral Care | Staff Elder

Tom has been on staff since 2001 and serves as the pastor over congregational care, where he provides pastoral support to individuals and families during times of trial through counseling, visitations, and discipleship. Tom earned his B.A. at The Master's College and his M.Div. at The Master's Seminary. He joined the Grace Church staff in 2003, serving as pastor to adult singles until 2006, when he became the pastor of Cornerstone, an adult fellowship group of newly married couples and families. Tom also has the privilege of serving as a part of the weekly syndicated television broadcast of Grace to You. He and his wife, Lori, have three sons.


Pastor, Grace Advance | Staff Elder

Lance served previously at Grace Church from 1986-1996 as a staff pastor, as well as John MacArthur’s personal assistant. From 1996-2011, he was the pastor-teacher of The Bible Church of Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas. He currently oversees Grace Advance, which seeks to provide pastoral leadership for developing churches. He also pastors the Joint Heirs fellowship group. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University, The Master’s Seminary (M.Div. and Th.M.), and the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He and his wife, Beth, have eight children.


Pastor, Local Outreach

Before moving to Southern California in 2009 with his wife, Janna, to attend The Master's Seminary, Mike received a B.A. in Italian and an M.Ed in Foreign Language from Rutgers University. He has had the privilege of teaching middle school Italian in Central New Jersey. Since coming to Grace Church, Mike has served in the Membership department, and now serves as Pastor of Local Outreach Ministries, which includes overseeing Fundamentals of the Faith classes, local evangelism, and six foreign-language Bible studies.


Pastor, Discipleship Counseling | Staff Elder

Bill Shannon has served on staff since 1989. He is the pastor of FaithBuilders, a Sunday morning adult fellowship group. Bill oversees and is actively involved in the biblical counseling ministry. He teaches discipleship counseling and marriage and family classes through Logos Equipping Ministries and provides formal and informal counseling for church members and regular attenders of Grace Church. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Bill has also enjoyed opportunities to minister internationally, teaching at pastors' conferences and training centers in India and South Africa. Bill graduated from Iona College (B.A.) in New Rochelle, New York, and earned his master of divinity degree from The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California. Bill and his wife, Donna, have two daughters.


Pastor, Spanish Ministries | Staff Elder

Henry has a missionary background, serving in Costa Rica and Mexico. He was also the director of curriculum development for LOGOI International in Miami, Florida. Henry is a graduate of Biola University (B.A. in Spanish literature), Talbot Theological Seminary (M.Div. in missions), and Dallas Theological Seminary (S.T.M.). He is presently a doctoral candidate in cross-cultural education at Biola University. Henry and his wife, Barbara, have two children.


Pastor, Children's Ministries

With 15 years of ministry experience and a B.A. in Bible and Theology from Appalachian Bible College, Matt, along with his wife, Amy, and their three children moved to Southern California in 2010 to attend The Master’s Seminary. The Whites have been involved in Children’s Ministry since their arrival at Grace, and Matt served as a Sunday School teacher and intern before becoming the pastor of Children’s Ministries.