Lead Pastors – Pat & Steve Lawrence
Pat and Steve Lawrence are native Floridians who were high school sweethearts. They have been married for 50 years! They have 2 children Angelique and Daniel, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Pastor Pat has had a calling on her life from a young age; she is happy to now be walking out that calling at Living Grace Church.
"God is a good God…and we want to share His love with you and your family!"- Pastor Pat
Along with being an ordained minister, Pastor Pat received a Masters in Biblical Studies from the following:
- Rhema Bible College
- Norvel Hayes Bible College
- Charis Bible College (2019)
While attending Charis Bible College, she worked with Andrew Wommack Ministries traveling with the Conference and Event Team all over America! Pastor Pat has also been on mission trips to Haiti & Brazil.
She has past experience in various local churches serving as:
- Associate Pastor & Children's/Youth Pastor
- President & founder of LIM-Women’s Ministry
- President Women’s Aglow
- Teaching women’s group and home Bible studies
- Nursery worker
One of Pastor Pat's earliest memories of experiencing God's healing power was at the age of 4...
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 telling them repeatedly she would be healed! They listened and she was healed. Later, God told her that she had preached her 1st sermon!
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 is a retired letter carrier from the USPS, having worked there for 37 years. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years on the USS Albany. Steve has an Associate Degree in Business Management. He 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!
One of Pastor Pat & Steve's favorite scriptures is:
1 Cor. 1:9 "God is faithful who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
They have been called to be Pastors and are looking forward to meeting you and your family soon!
"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!
Associate Pastor--Devon Gingerich
- 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."
Andy & Sharris Johnson
Andy and Sharris were married on May 20th,1989. They have two sons, Anthony, 28, and Zachary, 30. Both are career Air Force Sergeants.
Andy and Sharris graduated from Charis Bible College. They also work/worked for Andrew Wommack Ministries / Charis Bible College where Andy taught courses on Children’s Ministry, having 14 years of experience working with children, and they have both been featured speakers at Charis Bible College’s Healing School. Sharris has also been a guest speaker at the Women Arise conference for Andrew Wommack Ministries.
In 2010, they founded Charis Family Church in Woodland Park, CO where they were both pastors until the fall of 2021. They responded to God’s call for them to help raise up Living Grace Church with Pastor Pat and Steve and so in October 2021 they made the journey to their new home in Florida and here at Living Grace!
Andy & Sharris are both so excited to be going about and doing good and teaching the truth of God’s power here on the earth!
Jerry & Linda Skiles
Jerry & Linda have been married for 20 years and between them, they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. A few years ago, they decided to relocate from Iowa to Florida. They both received Jesus at a young age, Linda with a Baptist background and Jerry having grown up in the Church of the Nazarene.
A front-page picture of people with their hands raised high and their faces lifted toward heaven praising God, in Jerry’s hometown newspaper, was a turning point that began a lifetime search for a closer, more meaningful walk with God. This led Jerry and Linda to charismatic churches and, ultimately, to Living Grace Church.
At LGC, they found the message of God's amazing grace to be so compelling and have been attending now for almost 2 years. Linda is gifted in helps ministry and has/does serve wherever needed from Children’s Church to hospitality and everywhere in-between! Jerry’s gifting is in music and has experience singing in church choirs, college quartets, leading Praise & Worship, and even writing Christian music.
Linda's favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31 (KJV), "...but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint."
Jerry’s favorite Bible passage is Psalm 103:2-5 (KJV), 2. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3. who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4. who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5. who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."