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!

 


Heidi Chandler
Guest Services Director

Heidi Chandler
Guest Services Director

I grew up in a traditional church where the gospel message was not clear and each service was predictable.  There was nothing personal about attending church for me.  It was not until 8th grade, after I changed middle schools that I realized when it comes to a God and man who dies for my pitiful sake, it is way more personal than religion could ever make it.  My friends' actions exemplified Christ's love and joy.  It was attractive and I wanted what they had.


What is your favorite quote?

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching - Anson Dorrance
(University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Coach)


What is your favorite book?

Any book written by the amazing Francine Rivers.


One thing people don't know about you?

I am a quintuplet, so I had the privilege of sharing my mother's womb with 4 other babies.  I also have an older brother who had the womb all to himself.  I was squished at 1lb, 11oz. but it was worth always having a playmate!


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a truck driver.  I remember that was decided in kindergarten when my 5th grade student buddy asked this question and I felt like I was on the spot, so I told him the first thing on my mind.  That continued to be my answer until 6th grade when I decided to take it up a notch and be an astronaut.  However, that did not last too long after I learned astronauts have to be very flexible and flexibility was never my forte.


When did you first come to Grace?

When I was a freshman at Regis University (2008).  My roommate happened to be Pastor Rick's daughter, Brittany.  I have been hooked ever since!  You HAVE to check this church out!


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)


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.