JAMES NICHOLS | PASTOR
Growing up in the church and coming to faith at an early age allowed James to participate in many different ministry opportunities throughout his childhood, college, and early married years. James met his wife, Melissa, in college and they married shortly after he graduated. While teaching and in seminary, James and Melissa had their 3
sons, Isaac, Eli, and Abram. James has served churches in TN, MO, FL, and IN. He enjoys getting together for fellowship and playing board games. Throughout his ministry, James' focus has always been on shepherding, community, and relational evangelism. James says, "The gospel continues to change and shape me and I pray that God will use my ministry to do the same to others."
If you would like to meet with Pastor James at the church, please contact our church administrator, Theresa, at
470-297-8486 or 615-390-4636.
THERESA CADEN | ADMINISTRATOR
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-1PM.
Theresa and her husband Scott have been married since 1993 and are supporters of Alabama football. (We try not to hold that against them). They have two children and four grandchildren ranging from fourteen to four. Theresa's son, Craig and his family live in Severance, Colorado and her daughter Shannon and her family live in Cumming, GA.
Theresa recently retired from forty years in Operations and Human Resources. She and Scott have been at GracePointe since the fall of 2018 and jumped right into being involved!
RALPH JOHNSTON JR. | FOUNDING PASTOR
Ralph and Lisa Johnston founded GracePointe Church in 2006 with a handful of people eager to bring the Gospel of Grace to northern Forsyth County and surrounding areas. Ralph saw GracePointe particularize and move into a building in the past 10 years of ministry. He also founded Camp Kerusso, one of Forsyth County's most popular summer camps. In the fall of 2019, GracePointe commissioned Ralph and Lisa to plant a church in North Carolina. This is GracePointe's first church plant and we are excited to see God's kingdom grow through the Johnston family.
JEFF LACEY | WORSHIP DIRECTOR
In 2012, Jeff married his high school sweetheart Annalee. They currently have three children, Scarlett, Britton, and Foster. He and Annalee spent several years leading Young Life together as volunteers. Jeff has been the worship leader at GracePointe since September 2016.
HANNAH LAIBLE | CAMP KERUSSO DIRECTOR | CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Hannah lives in Duluth, GA with her husband, Brenden, and their son, Roman. Hannah has an Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Covenant College with concentrations in Youth Ministry, Community Development and Coaching. When not working at camp, Hannah works as a volleyball coach at Lambert High School.
In 2017, Hannah joined the Camp Kerusso family through GracePointe Church. Camp Kerusso quickly found a place in Hannah's heart as an opportunity to live out her calling in youth ministry within the local community. She is passionate about the opportunities for authentic, gospel-driven relationships developed through Camp Kerusso's unique environment. Hannah can't wait to see how God will work through Camp Kerusso in the summer of 2020!
James and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2012. They moved to GA in February of 2020 from Minnesota where they had live for eight years. They have two crazy boys, Elijah and Todd, who love to play video games and run around outside and get dirty. In addition to their two kids James and Katie have a black lab named Milo and a very large cat (20lbs) named Mookie.
James holds a Bachelors of Science in Youth Ministry with a double major in Bible and is currently at Regent Seminary where he is obtaining his Master's of Divinity. James has been actively serving in the Army National Guard since 2010 and is currently serving as a Chaplain Candidate.
When James isn't working, he enjoys running Ultra Marathons, competing in Ironman Triathlons, and working out.
JAMES DAVIS | YOUTH DIRECTOR
Julie and Bruce were married in 1990 and have three children, Brenden, Bethany and Rebekah. As Julie homeschooled her children, she became very active in ministering to younger homeschool families. When her children began to head off to college, she transitioned out of the homeschool community but still had a passion for women and families. In 2012, she was able to step into the position of Women’s Ministry Director for women at Gracepointe.