Elders

Rick Long
Pastor/Elder

Rick Long
Pastor/Elder

I trusted Jesus Christ when I was 8 years old at a prophecy conference in Boulder, Colorado. Shelley and I have been married since 1985 and have four wonderful children: Jordan, Brittany, Brooklyn and Jared. My passion is to make Christ known to everyone and share God’s purposes so that lives can be changed by living for these eternal purposes. Grace Church is the greatest church in the world and I am privileged to be a part of God’s global work through this amazing body of believers.

What is your favorite season & why?

Fall is my favorite time of year because it has the beauty of summer sunshine with comfortable temperatures. There are always changing colors with the possibility of an early snow storm. It just seems like Fall represents a time of transition and unexpected surprises.

What or who inspires you most?

My greatest inspiration has always come from the life of Jesus. I know this sounds like a cliché since I am a pastor, but I mean it with my whole heart. The combination of strength and humility Jesus displayed during his earthly ministry motivates me, while the love he demonstrated for everyone raises a standard for me to strive for in my own life. I love the fact that Jesus controlled his destiny and never allowed any other person to trap him or cause him to get off course. There are really too many more examples to list; but Jesus is the most inspiring person in my life. However, unless you read this and think that I have no purely human people who have inspired me - let me list a few: Michael Jordan, Indiana Jones, Martin Luther and Rudy Ruettiger.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was young, I wanted to be Evil Knievel, but after multiple injuries and accidents (which almost made my mother crazy) I gave up that dream. After becoming a believer in Jesus at age 8, I went to a concert by a musician named Dallas Holmes - when I heard him sing and preach, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had the same struggles through high school thinking I could play professional basketball or be a star quarterback; but I realized there was only one thing I was placed on earth to do - and it was to share the hope of God with everyone I possibly could, whenever and wherever I could. That’s all I can do.

One thing people don’t know about you?

I wanted to start a worm farm and a “Bait on Wheels” business - taking worms and other live bait to fisherman who fish surrounding lakes in my area!

What is your biggest challenge?

Saying “no” - I really want to help anyone I can. I want to pick up every check, help every child learn to love the Lord and play basketball and have as much fun living as you possibly can - this means sleep is a premium and saying “no” is a must.

What is your favorite quote?

“He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”


Jim Malouff
Pastor/Elder

Jim Malouff
Pastor/Elder

I trusted Christ at around nine years old. However, I built on the foundation of Christ with tradition and works for the next 25 years. Then God brought a financial trial into my life - one that took me near the brink of bankruptcy. Then he also brought a godly man into my life that began pointing me to Christ as my only hope. I have now been walking with the Lord for over 25 years and have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Judy, for 41 years, have 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.


What or who inspires you most?

The life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a United States Marshall.


What is your favorite movie?

Princess Bride


One thing people don’t know about you?

That I am kind and sweet?


What is your biggest challenge?

Facing the thought of losing our firstborn grandson Tommy. In July 2001 he had open-heart surgery, at the age of twelve weeks old. And the thought of losing a child was the most difficult thing I have ever faced. Praise God he is healthy and a blessing to all around him.


A place you would like to visit?

To travel around the continental United States and visit the unique areas of each state.


Paul Faust
Pastor/Elder
Volunteers

Paul Faust
Pastor/Elder
Volunteers

Before I was born, my mom started praying for me.  Because of this, I think it's no coincidence that she was the one that led me to Christ when I was a child.  I sincerely believe that the majority of the good that God has ever managed to do through me has come as a direct result of her continued prayer for me, and now as a result of the prayers of my wife as well.  In 2006, I married a woman who was, and still is, way out of my league.  Jenn's constant encouragement, profound wisdom, and passion for the things of God constantly challenge me to be a better man, and, thankfully, she's passed on her good looks to our son, Bodie, who was born in February of 2010.  It's a blessing and a privilege to be part of the Grace team - I only hope that my dreams for Grace are as big as God's! 


What or who inspires you most?

I find myself continually returning to the apostle Paul.  He was an absolute genius and very well-educated, but he never allowed his intellectual training and his bent toward the abstract and obscure to distract him from the importance of putting into practice the things that he knew and believed.  Aside from Jesus, I don't know of a more passionate, wiser person than Paul.


 What did you want to be when you grew up?

Big Bird.  Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I understood the question ...


What is your biggest challenge?

Trying to touch my toes.  I also almost failed kindergarten because I couldn't skip.  Luckily, I figured it out ... in college ...


 What is your favorite book?

This isn't a fair question to ask a person with a Master's degree in English, but I can at least narrow it down to a few.  My favorite fiction books I've read recently are Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Knew Too Much.  For Religion and Theology, Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus, Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy, G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy, N.T. Wright's Evil and the Justice of God, and C.S. Lewis's Surprised by Joy are usually near the top of the list.  For out-of-the-box thinking, Malcolm Gladwell always comes through, and Outliers is my favorite of his.  And finally, if you're looking for a book (besides the Bible) that will change your life forever, read Elie Wiesel's Night, but be warned - it's not for the faint of heart. 


 What is your favorite quote?

"You are free ..." - God (Genesis 2:16)


Jason Stocker
Pastor/Elder 
Music

Jason Stocker
Pastor/Elder
Music

I was born in Portland, Oregon. I was practically raised in the church and accepted Christ at 9 years old at our summer church camp. I attended North Park University, a small Christian school in Chicago, and it was there that I discovered my passion for music and my desire to use music to bring glory to God. I've been in Colorado since 2000 and in 2003, married my smokin' hot wife, Krista.  We now have two beautiful kiddos, Abbey and Jake! 


What is your favorite treat or snack?

My favorite snack is peanut M&Ms. They are filled with an immense amount of peanut-y goodness, therefore they bring me great joy.


What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. To me, no other movie comes close to this one. Not even Fletch, although it is my favorite comedy.


When did you first come to Grace?

Krista and I have been serving here at Grace since January of 2006.


One thing people don’t know about you?

I am a huge Lionel Richie fan. The man has a voice as smooth as butter…


A place you would like to visit?

I’d love to go to every baseball stadium. I’m a huge baseball fan, so I’d love to take a summer and try to make it to all of them.


LeAnne Stauffer
Executive Assistant

LeAnne Stauffer
Executive Assistant

I was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Germany my senior year in high school. I began attending a Military Chapel Protestant service and going to youth group and finally understood the gospel and trusted Christ in 1979. I moved to Colorado in 1992 and I met my husband Jeff here at Grace and got married in 1993. We have one son, Mitchell, and live in Arvada. I love being on staff and one of the favorite parts of my job is to see everyone on the weekends and hear all the exciting things God is doing.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a nurse, became one, and had the privilege of working in Oncology Nursing for 17 years before working at Grace (I also wanted to be taller!)


One thing people don’t know about you?

I was baptized in the Jordan River


What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is to not be concerned about what others think and pleasing them, and instead be focused on what God wants me to be.


A place you would like to visit?

New York at Christmas, I want to ice skate at Rockefeller Center


What is your idea of a perfect day?

The perfect day for me is to wake up to at least 2 feet of snow on the ground, eat a donut, throw on my winter snow clothes, call my friends and invite them over to go sledding. Then I get to stay outside all day sledding until my fingers are frozen, my hair is hanging in icicles and I am so tired I can’t walk up the hill one more time; but since it’s the perfect day, my amazing husband has added a tow rope to get me up the hill. When I get done, I go inside and drink hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows, put on my favorite PJ’s and sit in front of the fireplace to get warm while watching “White Christmas” and hear one of my favorite songs “Count Your Blessings”. That is a perfect day, but don’t tell my friend Pastor Jim, he thinks I like summer!