Brittany Barnhill
Small Group Coordinator

Brittany Barnhill
Small Group Coordinator

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the young age of 5 and from there, being in a Christian home and Christian school, I learned and grew each day about what believing in Jesus and living for him truly meant. I graduated from Faith Christian High School in 2008 and attended Regis University for one year and Colorado Christian for the last 3 years of college, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. I got married in September of 2012 to my husband Chad and we now have two beautiful blessings = Zoey and Cal. I always thought I would go into counseling but God allowed me to be a stay at home mom and get my real estate license for the first couple of years of my babies’ lives. Now I am so blessed to work at Grace Church with the amazing people who step out and step up to either host small groups or join a small group. It has been so cool to watch, support, and be a part of. God is so Good!


What is your favorite season & why?

Fall because I love the reminder that there is beauty in change.  I love seeing all the fall colors, feeling the crisp air yet still feeling the warm sun on your skin and realizing lots of holidays are approaching - which means lots of family time!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!


What is your favorite treat or snack?

Half Baked ice cream by Ben & Jerry's - you just can't go wrong with gobs of brownie & cookie dough swimming in vanilla and chocolate ice cream.


What is your favorite movie?

Currently, my favorite movie is The Shack - I love the way it illustrates the character of God and also how it shows that even in grief or when there are no answers, God is still there, God is still good and God cares about you and what you are facing.


What is your favorite book?

Through The Eyes Of A Lion or Redeeming Love


What is your favorite quote?

Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best!

 


Sarah Beranek
Guest Services Director

Sarah Beranek
Guest Services Director

I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior around the age of 4. I grew up in a Christian home and had the pleasure of attending a Christian school from 6th grade until graduation, where I met my husband, Weston, in 7th grade, in 2007! I really started to take my walk with Christ more seriously in 2008 after I started attending Grace. Church was never my favorite place to go, but after first attending Grace, I realized how much more joyful my life would be if I completely let God take the reins. Life has been a whirlwind of surprises since then, but I wouldn’t change a single moment of it.


What is your favorite season & why?

WINTER. I love the snow. I am one of those people who will sit and stare out the window all day as the snow falls. Plus, Christmas is essentially my favorite day of the year.


What is your favorite treat or snack?

A warm chai. Mmmmm. Delicious. Oh, and brownies. But who doesn’t love brownies?


What is your favorite movie?

Singing In the Rain, Frozen and the Despicable Me movies – people say I remind them of Lucy. If you don’t know who she is you should definitely watch the movies. She’s a hoot.


One thing people don't know about you?

I am the youngest of 6 kids. Family get togethers are loud and crazy but so much fun.


What is your favorite quote?

“Choose joy.” It is as simple as that. Through Christ we have the opportunity to choose joy, every single day, and I find that incredible. Even through hard times and trials we can still find joy.

 


Paul Faust
Campus Pastor
Volunteers

Paul Faust
Campus Pastor
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)


Mark Schweitzer
Campus Pastor
Spiritual Development

Mark Schweitzer
Campus Pastor
Spiritual Development

I trusted Christ as my Savior when I was 12 years old and decided by the age of 14 that I wanted to be in full-time ministry.  I met and married my wife, Kim, at Florida Bible College in 1978.  We have three wonderful children and three grandchildren.  My wife and I have both been teachers for many years. 


What is your favorite season & why?

My favorite time of the year is springtime.  By that time, I am chomping at the bit to go camping and get outside.  I love to see all of the new growth after everything being dead during the winter.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very young, I wanted to be an astronaut, but because of the example of my youth minister, I decided I wanted to become a youth minister while I was in Junior High.


What is your favorite treat or snack?

My favorite snack is Oreo cookies with a tall glass of ice cold milk.


A place you would like to visit?

Someday I would like to travel to all of the National Parks in America.


Lauren Smith
Missions Coordinator

Lauren Smith
Missions Coordinator

I grew up in the church, my dad being a pastor for the majority of my school life, and accepted Christ when I was 6 years old. I am the oldest of 6 kids and my parents homeschooled all of us! My husband, Chris, and I got married in August of 2016 and we have 2 fur children, Howard (our dog) and Luna (our cat). I am also a full-time student working towards getting my degree in animal science and becoming a licensed veterinary technician.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an Olympic Equestrian rider. I grew up riding horses and competing. I was pretty good at it, but we ended up moving at the height of my young career. My parents (and now my husband) are probably glad I didn’t pursue that dream, with it being one of the most expensive sports.


What is your favorite treat or snack?

Mochi! But this is an unfair answer since it changes on a daily basis. 


A place you would like to visit?

Africa! Plus, Chris grew up in South Africa, so I would also love to visit his childhood hometown.


What is your favorite season & why?

Definitely Fall. It’s starting to cool off a little, it always smells nice, and it’s the beginning of the holiday season! I have a lot of really great memories related to the Fall.


What is your favorite quote?

“Courage, dear heart.” – C.S. Lewis