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 trusted in Christ around the age of 4 and had the incredible privilege of attending a local Christian school from 6th grade until I graduated. It was there that I met my husband, Weston. We got married in April of 2013 and have one fur baby – a Pomeranian Dachshund mix named Ivory. I learned at a young age that Jesus had died for my sins but it wasn’t until I started attending Grace in 2008 that I realized how much better life would be if I was living it for the Lord. I still often struggle to give Him the heavy loads but He always proves to be faithful, especially when I’m stumbling. How lucky we are to have such a loving God.


What is your favorite season & why?

Winter. I love the snow. And Christmas. My perfect day would be curled up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie while the snow falls. The snow makes everything feel just a little bit magical.


What is your favorite movie?

Do I have to pick just one? My all-time favorite is Singin’ in the Rain but Frozen runs a close second. I love just about anything by Disney.


One thing people don't know about you?

I am also a fitness instructor.


What is your favorite quote?

Choose joy. Life is hard and full of trials but in the midst of it all, we can choose to be joyful because we have the Almighty God on our side.


A place you would like to visit?

Paris. I have wanted to go there since I was a little girl. I would love to learn French before I go.


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 4 kids - Bodie, Eisley, Emery and Breck.  In fact, they look so much like her that sometimes when I'm out with them, people ask me whose kids I'm babysitting! They're a blast!  It's a blessing and a privilege to be part of the Grace team. 


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