Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Steve Bray

Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve and Susan have been married for 32 years and have three beautiful adult daughters. If you ask, they will proudly show you more pictures than you want to see of their grandson. Steve’s hobbies include hiking, biking, and cheering on his favorite sports teams (Indiana Hoosiers, Colts, and U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team). Steve also loves a good leadership book, his mom’s strawberry pie, and a great cup of dark roast coffee.

Steve is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (B.A., B.S.),  Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Min.). He was ordained by The Wesleyan Church and has served churches in Florida, Illinois, and Indiana. His spiritual gifts include preaching, teaching, and administration. His favorite thing about being a pastor is seeing people’s lives radically changed by Jesus.

Life Verses:
Romans 12:1-2
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." 

Suzanne Adams

Director of Grace Singles and DivorceCare Ministries

Suzanne has been on staff at The Grace Place for 23 years.  As the Director of our Single Adult Ministry, she is passionate about creating fun events for singles and helping them grow in their relationship with Christ. Through our DivorceCare ministry, Suzanne also ministers to men and women who are either healing from their divorce or reconciling their marriage.  

Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys reading mystery novels, working on puzzles, and spending time with her family. With five adult children and three grandchildren, life for the Adams is always lively!  

Life Verse:
Jeremiah1:9
" Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Eric Addison

Assistant Pastor - Student Ministry,  Tech & Virtual Ministries

Pastor Eric has served The Grace Place in a variety of capacities for 16 years. Currently, Eric leads Grace Students as well as our Tech & Virtual Ministries which includes sound, video, website, online services, and more. He is also part of the weekend services teaching team. In his spare time, you can find Eric on the beach with his kids, scuba diving, or writing the sequel to his first novel, Yeshua's Thief.  

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Ohio Christian University.

Life Verse:
 2 Timothy 1:7
 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of love, discipline and of sound mind.”

Karon Addison

Director of Women's and Prayer Ministries

Karon has always had a heart for ministry. After graduating from Bible College, she and her husband (Pastor Rick, our Senior Pastor for 29 years!)  took the leap of faith and began their journey of full-time ministry together. For 43 years, they faithfully partnered in five different churches across the US: Michigan, Ohio, Alabama (twice), and Florida! Karon has done it all - from Preschool Director to Children’s Director to Singles Ministry to Women’s Ministry to Small Groups.  

Karon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a Social Studies minor. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Moody Bible Institute. Karon is passionate about making an impact in the lives of those around her. She loves sharing her faith, teaching, counseling and watching God work in the lives of others.  Whether it’s through leading Bible studies, mentoring young women, or simply having coffee with friends, Karon always has a way of brightening someone’s day!

Life Verse:
 Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

Scott Blackmon

Assistant Pastor - Children's and Family Ministries

Scott brings 20 years of experience in education and ministry to his current role as the Pastor of Grace Kids. Scott oversees our Children's Ministry on Sundays and Wednesdays, and special events like Fall Festival, Winterfest, and VBS. He also directs our popular Upward Sports Ministry which offers programs for both basketball and soccer.  

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and is currently pursuing a Masters degree.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their four kids: Cole, Drake, Reid, and Finley. They love going on family adventures and making lasting memories together!

Life Verse:
Proverbs 18:16
"A person’s gift makes room for him, and leads him before important people."

Lisa Emig

Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Lisa joined The Grace Place family in 2008 and has served as Assistant to the Senior Pastor since 2014.  Lisa was born and raised in West Palm Beach and has been living in Martin County for the past 25 years.  She holds a Bachelors in Finance and a Masters in Forensic Accounting.  After 20 years in the banking industry, Lisa made the decision to leave her career to devote time to her family and serving others.  It is through volunteering that she felt called to join the staff of The Grace Place, and she says “This is exactly where I am supposed to be in this season of my life!”

Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, being on the water, exercising her brain, and volunteering with Coastal Boxer Rescue.

Life Verses:
Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Micah 6:8
"...act justly...love mercy...walk humbly with your God." 

Dennis Ives

Facilities & Maintenance

Denny is a native Floridian.  He moved to South Florida in 1993 and has lived in Stuart for 23 years.  He and his wife, Kristine, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.  Due to a nudge and realization that something was missing in their lives, Denny and Kristine began attending The Grace Place in 2007.   Denny joined The Grace Place staff 11 years ago, bringing with him 35 years of experience in the construction industry as a carpenter and project manager.  

Denny enjoys family, the outdoors and doing what he can to help others.

Life Verse:
Matthew 34:6
"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Lorraine Johnson

Director of Preschool & Aftercare

Lorraine has been part of The Grace Place for over 30 years and on staff for about 18 years.  Lorraine always wanted to be a “business-woman” and remembers saying she didn’t want a bunch of kids, a station wagon, or a dog.  But God had other plans, and she is so glad He did.

Lorraine is married with five children and ten grandchildren.  And, she was called to lead The Grace Place Preschool and has done so for more than 16 years.  Lorraine says, “God knows the desire of our hearts before we do!”

Lorraine enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and listening to gospel music.

Life Verse:
Matthew 7:21
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."

Stephanie Johnston

Director of Celebrate Recovery

Stephanie has been on staff at The Grace Place for 20 years.  As the leader of Celebrate Recovery for 17 years, she is passionate about helping people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Stephanie has been married to her husband Bill for 43 years, they have three children and four grandchildren.  

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys soaking in the beauty of the beach.

Life Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11
" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Carlos Martinez

Hispanic Ministry Pastor

Carlos Martinez Herrera leads our Hispanic Ministry, which meets simultaneously with our 11:00am service. Carlos' ministry experience includes leading Ushers Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, Worship Ministry, and serving as Minister of Prayer and Spiritual Warfare.  He is also an accomplished Broadcast TV Director.
Carlos has been married to Arelis Pacheco for the past 28 years, who has made it her mission to specialize in Family Counseling and Theology.  Together they have two children, Quiansi and Carlos Eduardo.

When not busy with ministry duties or family time, Carlos' hobbies include music, reading, going to the beach, and enjoying the beauty of nature.

Life Verse:
Colossians 3:23-24
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

Anita McCafferty

GriefShare Ministry

Born and raised in Connecticut, Anita moved to Florida in July of 2018 and joined The Grace Place in August of that year.  In February 2019, Anita joined our staff as Office Assistant.  A year later, she also began leading Grief Share.  After the death of her daughter in 2016, Anita retired from UPS to raise her two grandchildren. She has two other adult children and six grandchildren.

When Anita is not busy running to and from basketball games or practices for two Martin County leagues, she enjoys relaxing with a good book on the beach or creating art in her studio.

Life Verse:
Joshua 1:9
"Be strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go"

Peggy Miller

Bookkeeper

Peggy moved to Stuart 20 years ago from Nashville, where she put her bookkeeping skills to use in banking and other businesses before coming to Florida to work with family at a yachting company.  On moving to the area, Peggy began attending worship services at The Grace Place.  She was surprised, thrilled, and thankful for God opening the doors for her to join The Grace Place staff as their bookkeeper.  Hard to believe that was 10 years ago!  
 
Peggy has five adult children,  five grandchildren, and now three great grandchildren! She enjoys spending time with family, get-a-ways with her sisters, centering at the beach, reading mysteries, and baking.

Life Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."

Shelby Rael

Director of Worship

Shelby joined The Grace Place nearly five years ago as Worship Director.  He oversees weekend worship service teams and our Celebrate Recovery worship team.  Shelby loves seeing people experience the power that music can have in their lives. He is passionate about creating and leading others into the presence of God.

Shelby studied music at The Musicians Insititue in Los Angeles, graduating in 1986. He lived in Maryland for 30+ years before moving to Florida in 2017.  He is married with seven children, including adopting and raising two of his grandchildren.  Shelby enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.

Life Verse:
Joshua 24:15
“...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”