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Our mission is to love and serve our community and world with the good news of Jesus Christ, bringing people together across the lines of race and class to worship and follow Jesus.

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Jonathan Seda

 

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor of Grace since 1983, Jonathan has received degrees from Houghton College, Biblical Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary.  Serving on the Boards of Covenant Seminary, Young Life and Mosaix Global Network, Jonathan’s passion is for multi-ethnic, cross-cultural worship and ministry, not only at Grace Church, but also throughout his denomination and beyond.  He has taught on the subject of worship in Mexico, Kenya & Ghana and is involved in the leadership and teaching ministry of Mosaix Global Network, a multi-ethnic, cross-cultural movement.  Married to his wife Dale since 1975, he has four children and six grandchildren.

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(302)734-8150 ext. 700

Rev. Kenny Foster

 

Pastor of Community Outreach

Pastor of Community Outreach at Grace Church since 2007.  Formerly a bi-vocational pastor at New City Fellowship in  Chattanooga, TN,  Kenny was ordained in 1986 as an Independent Baptist minister while attending Tennessee Temple University and serving as an interim pastor at Alton Park Bible Church in Chattanooga.  Becoming convinced of the doctrines of grace, Kenny then took seminary courses from Covenant Seminary in St Louis, MO and was ordained as a pastor in the PCA in 2006. Some of the outreach ministries that Kenny has brought to Grace are Jobs For Life and the Hamlet Community Block Party. Kenny married his wife, Connie Wigden Foster, in 1985, and they have two living children.

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(302)734-8150 ext. 705

Rev. Jeff Rakes

 

Pastor of Worship and Administration

Jeff Rakes received his B.S. from Furman University and M.Div. from Covenant Seminary. He served as a church planter for six years in Edwardsville, Illinois and as an assistant pastor for six years in Plano, Texas before coming to Dover in 1993 as Grace's Pastor of Worship and Administration. Jeff enjoys songwriting and recording; he has produced several worship projects at Grace. He and his wife Celeste have three children and one grandchild. In his free time, you'll find him playing basketball or fiddling with Mac computers.

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Rev. Rick Barr

 

Pastor of Youth and Young Adults

Rev. Rick Barr received his B.A. from Gordon College and his M.A. of Theological Study from Chesapeake Theological Seminary.  An 11 year veteran on Young Life Staff, Rick joined the Grace Church Staff in 1991.  See "Passionate Disciples of Christ" for Rick's vision statement on Youth Ministry.  Rick convenes the "Heritage Presbytery Youth Workers," who put on a yearly retreat for adolescents and periodic equipping conferences for parents and youth workers.  In 1978, he married his wife, Beth, and they have two grown daughters.  Rick loves camping, fishing and the Baltimore Orioles.

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(302)734-8150 ext. 704