Lead Pastors – Pat & Steve Lawrence
Pat and Steve Lawrence are native Floridians who were high school sweethearts. They have been married for 50 years this year! They have 2 children Angelique and Daniel, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. They love spending as much time with them as possible.
Pat has had a calling on her life from a young age and is now walking out that calling as Senior Pastor at Living Grace Church. She and Steve are so excited to see what the Lord is doing and look forward to sharing what the Lord has taught them through the last 30 years of ministering the Word of God.
"God is a good God…and we want to share His love with you and your family!"- Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat received a Masters in Biblical Studies from the following:
- Rhema Bible College
- Norvel Hayes Bible College
- Charis Bible College (2019)
She worked on staff at Andrew Wommack Ministries and traveled with the Conference and Event Team all over America! Pastor Pat has also been on mission trips to Haiti & Brazil.
She has been very active in her local churches through the past:
- Associate Pastor
- President & founder of LIM-Women’s Ministry
- President Women’s Aglow
- Teacher of Women’s group
- Taught home Bible studies
- Children’s Pastor
- Youth Pastor
- Nursery worker
Pastor Pat loves to share her story of how at the age of 4 the Lord told her she preached her first sermon to her father and Uncle Charlie. 😊
She was very sick and heard the Lord say to her, “call your father and ask him to also call for his brother, “Uncle Charlie” so he will anoint you with oil and pray over you and you will be healed.”
She did just that by insisting to her mother that her father send for her Uncle and told them repeatedly she would be healed...at age 4! They listened and she was healed.
James 5:14-15 "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up."
Steve has an Associate Degree in Business Management.
He also has worked in:
- Helping with the startup of several other churches
- Church Administrator
- Head Usher
- Children’s church
- Youth Pastor
- Men’s group
- Bible studies
- He loves to serve anywhere and anytime... his heart is that of a true servant!
He is a retired letter carrier from the USPS, having worked there for 37 years. Steve also served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years on the USS Albany.
Pastor Pat & Steve have been owners of various small businesses in the state of Florida and worked as realtors for over 15 years.
One of their favorite scriptures is:
1 Cor. 1:9 "God is faithful who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
Pastor Pat and Steve have been called to be Pastors here in The Villages and the surrounding area. They are looking forward to meeting you and your family.
"It’s going to be an exciting journey with the Lord, come and we will learn to serve and love the Lord and each other, together!"- Pastor Pat & Steve
Living His grace, every day!
- He accepted Jesus about the age of 12.
- Baptized in the Holy Spirit at age 16.
- Devon has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Charis Bible College(2018).
- Taught Bible Studies
- Men’s Group
- Devon comes from an Amish background but found a fuller way to love Jesus.
Several months before the death of his sister, he was just starting to learn more about the Gospel of what Jesus had already done for him. Even though his sister went to be with Jesus, he knew he wanted to learn more of what God had for him. So the next school term in September he started Charis Bible College and graduated in May of 2018.
Living Grace Church is so important to Devon and he believes that your spiritual family (your local church) is just as important as your physical family…
God said to go to church!
Heb 10:25 " And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."
Our worship is powerful when we come together, and we need each other. It’s a lot more fun when we grow together!
Devon is believing that God is going to do great things at Living Grace Church and that God will bring many healings of relationships along with physical and spiritual healings.
One thing that Devon has learned is that he needs to keep a hunger for the Word of God.
"For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you: giving you the full revelation of God."
In February of 1951, Colleen Toney was born in Fruitland Park, Florida during a snowstorm. She has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Colleen is a hairstylist and co-owner of Key West Hair Salon in Ocala, Fl.
Colleen accepted the Lord into her heart and life at the age of 25.
Being raised Catholic she was not allowed to attend other churches. But, she was hungry for more of God.
While visiting a church service in Charlotte NC, with 30,000 other people, she heard the words for the first time... "God said if you are ashamed of me I will be ashamed of you"... so she jumped up and ran down the aisle leaving her husband and friends behind. Colleen said, "My salvation was such a supernatural experience that I literally SHOOK the whole 9 hour ride home on the bus."
She has served in the nursery and other areas of the church for years. Her love for the Lord is so evident and her heart is to serve wherever the Lord has need of her. She is truly a faithful servant!
After twenty years of marriage, she experienced a devastating divorce for which she blamed God because he did not restore her marriage. Subsequently, she turned to alcohol for the next twenty-two years.
In July of 2009, God led her to attend a Pentecostal Episcopal Church where she was delivered from her alcohol addiction. At this church, Colleen served as Senior Warden and was trained to serve as a Prayer Minister for their “Emotionally Free Conferences.”
On a Missions Trip in 2011, she traveled to New Zealand to help establish “Emotionally Free Conferences.” It is Colleen’s heart to see people set free from addictions that keep them in chains.
Her desire is to be part of a positive church. Searching for truth, she fell in love with the teachings of Andrew Wommack. She contacted his office to find a Bible Study near her and found out about us here at Living Grace Church.
Colleen is so grateful for what God has done in her life and is excited to be part of Living Grace Church! She wants to continue to grow and to help others be victorious in life also.
One of her favorite scriptures is:
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
"... now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen..."
What are you hoping for?
Come and see at Living Grace Church (I Cor 1:9) God is Faithful!
Susan Lawrence grew up in Marion County, FL.
She received her Christian foundation from being raised in a Baptist church. She was saved at the age of 12 and has always had a heart for serving in the church. When she was young, she was active in the youth choir, serving in the youth ministry, helping with VBS, and with Children's Sunday school classes. She met her husband, Daniel, in high school and together they raised 3 daughters.
In her early twenties, she started attending a non-denominational, spirit-filled church and discovered there was so much more to learn about what her salvation really meant. Over the years, she has continued to serve in various areas of the church; Nursery, Mom's Ministry, Choir, Meal Ministry, Social Media, and Church Office. Susan loves to volunteer her time in the community as well.
Most recently she has found her church home here at Living Grace Church and is excited to continue learning more about and growing in the love & grace of God.
One of her favorite scriptures:
1 John 4:4 (NKJV):
"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
Steve and Patti Balla
Steve and Patti Balla made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior at the same time during their marriage and while raising their two sons in Pennsylvania.
Steve and Patti have taught Bible studies and led home groups in both PA and FL. They completed Elijah House School for Ministry of Prayer Counseling.
Steve graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Rehab Counseling. He’s also an Army vet and worked as an Alcohol Abuse Counselor while in the service. He worked for the Office of Aging and as a disability claims adjudicator for the State of PA. In previous fellowships, he has served as an usher, deacon, and elder.
Patti has a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. She was a teacher in PA and FL. Patti homeschooled their sons throughout their education. She has been involved in Children's Church, Sunday school, VBS, Bible Quiz, and Bus Ministry in the past.
Serving the Body of Christ is Steve and Patti's commitment.
Steve's favorite scripture:
3 John 2 - "Beloved, it is my earnest desire that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."
Patti's favorite scripture:
2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind."