Jesus Christ is the ultimate leader of Grace Community Church (Ephesians 4:15-16). Also, as the New Testament prescribes for church leadership, Grace is overseen by a team of elder-pastors (Titus 1:7, Acts 14:23, 20:17). We also have deacons who serve as a church-wide care team and many ministry directors who lead the ministries at Grace.

Stephen Paulsen, Lead Pastor

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Stephen is an Experienced Pastor, Collaborative Team Leader, and Military Veteran with proven expertise in developing robust discipleship strategies and learning programs. He enjoys building long-term relationships and is a shepherd at heart.

Stephen loves spending time with his family and in his spare time, surfing and playing/coaching hockey. He and his wife Julia grew up in Orange County and have been joyfully married since 2003. Together they have four wonderful kids: Grayson, Asher, Kerrick, and River. 


Brad Douglass, Director of Worship


Brad Douglass is a long-time member of Grace Community Church and is now serving as our Worship Director. With the assistance of his rock band, he provides an upbeat worship experience every Sunday morning.

“Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” —Isaiah 25:1 (NIV) 


Office Team

Betty Cramer - Administrator

Gina Resnicke - Administrative Assistant

Jill Caouette - Accounting

Sarah Donawerth - Communications Director

Ted Boldt - Facilities


Greg Christian

Don King

Tim Bruton

Ryan Aceto

Jerry Hammond

Galvin Chia

Bryan Martin

Jeff Gordy


Deacon Team


Elvyn Donawerth

Russ Eastman

Arin Resnicke

Diane Harris

Jane Go

Lynn Anderson


Grace Christian Schools Board

Galvin Chia, Chairman

Naomi Martin

Ana Douglas

Ken Welch

Lynn Tabler

Sandi Prince