Bill’s life purpose is helping people learn God’s Word and live it together. Before coming to Grace he pastored churches in Wisconsin and Oregon, taught Pastoral Ministry as a Seminary Professor, and deployed as a Military Chaplain. Bill grew up on a dairy farm (yep – a cheesehead!) and became a follower of Christ as a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. A graduate of both Northwest Baptist Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary, Bill and his wife Teri live in Manhattan and are the parents of four children; Rachel, Jenni, Anna, and Jon.
Clint longs to experience the transformative grace of Jesus Christ in his own life and in the church. He serves through teaching, prayer, counseling and providing direction for family and discipleship ministries. A Kansas native, he grew up under the godly influence of his parents on the family farm. Clint enjoys spending time with his family watching football and exploring God’s glorious creation.
Alan’s goal is to serve the church through music and the Word. After graduating from Iowa Wesleyan College he taught band and choir for five years before deciding to minister in music full-time. Alan loves to play guitar and piano and has a passion to see all generations join in worship. His duties include the planning and coordination of all public worship services, development of teams within the worship ministry and technical support for the staff and website. Alan and his wife, Jodie, live in Manhattan. They have three children, Isaac, Abigail and Chloe.
“Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.” That’s what I heard the night I first came in contact with the Gospel as a sophomore in high school. It was at that time I gave my life to Jesus and He has been the most important thing in my life ever since. Coming to Kansas State in 1975 — where I earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture — I quickly found a spiritual home at Grace Baptist Church. The pastor at the time, Horace Brelsford, became a spiritual father to me and he encouraged me to go on from K-State to Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana, where I earned a Th.M. Before traveling east, however, I married Amy, my wonderful partner and beautiful wife. Amy and I have four daughters, now grown, three granddaughters, and two energetic grandsons. From seminary, we served 11 years in France as missionaries in church planting and theological education. Living back in Manhattan since 2000, Grace has once again become our spiritual oasis, where I have been able to pursue my passions of studying and teaching Biblical theology, especially as it is found in the overarching narrative of the Old Testament. It is a humbling thing now to serve as a pastor. May Jesus Christ be the most important thing to each of us.
Jenner Carter serves as Staff Assistant. Jenner has a passion for organization, numbers, and planning, which she utilizes daily in her responsibilities at Grace. She and her husband, Eric, were brought to the Manhattan area by the U. S. Army in December 2002. Eric and Jenner hail originally from Arkansas–Woo Pig Sooie! They were married in August of 1996 and have been blessed with three children: Gabriel, Gillian, and Gracelyn. In her “spare time” Jenner enjoys scrapbooking, puzzles and football.
Jenny Humes serves as staff assistant. She and her husband Nathan have attended Grace since 2000 while attending Kansas State University where they met. They were married in 2002. They have two children, Hannah and Jack. Jenny’s gift of administration was used while serving as the AWANA Commander at Grace for seven years. She now utilizes these gifts to assist the Leadership of the church and execute various daily tasks including: maintaining the buildings schedule, bulletins, design work, membership process and baptism process. Jenny loves to laugh, cook, eat, read, do puzzles and cheer on her Kansas State Wildcats.
Cassie Adrian serves as a staff assistant and nursery coordinator. She met her husband, Josh, while attending K-State and they married after graduating in 2005. Not long after that the Adrian’s moved all over the country and world, before returning to Manhattan in 2011, and started attending Grace Baptist Church in 2013. Their children Ruth, Charlotte, and Harvey keep them busy and laughing. As a family they enjoy going for walks at Washington Marlatt Park, playing games, doing puzzles, and reading The Little House on the Prairie series.
"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly..." - 1 Peter 5:2
Eric and his family have attended Grace shortly following their arrival to the area due to his stationing at Fort Riley, Kansas, in December 2002. Through God’s providence, Eric left the Army in 2004 and obtained a civilian position at Fort Riley. He and his wife, Jenner, have raised their three children (Gabriel, Gillian, and Gracelyn) in the local community since that time. Eric is originally from Arkansas, where he was blessed to grow-up in a Christian home and be rescued by Christ at the age of 7. He and his family consider Grace to be their Kansas extended family and he has served in multiple capacities within the church over the past 17 years.
Allen began attending Grace in 1986 when he came to take a faculty position at Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics. He began serving as Treasurer and on the Stewardship committee in 1987 and served for 16 years in that role. He began serving as an elder in 2003 serving three terms. He was elected again in 2010 and is completing his second term. He has taught adult Sunday school, lead Bible studies with the singles, taught 5th and 6th grade Sunday school, assisted his wife Lila in teaching 2nd grade and 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school. He is currently teaching 4th through 6th grade Sunday school. Allen was married to Lila in 1989. He and Lila have five children. Andrew, Sarah, Nathan, Rachel, and Jonathan. In his free time he enjoys going to his children’s events.
Rich Llewelyn grew up on a farm near Riley and began to follow Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in Manhattan. He attended K-State and began to attend Grace while a student. He is married to Linda, a Nebraska farm girl and they have two sons: Andy, a K-State engineering grad who works in Dodge City; and Matt, studying computer science at K-State. The Llewelyns lived in Surabaya, Indonesia for 10 years, returning to Manhattan in 2006. Rich works in the agricultural economics department at K-State and is faculty advisor for The Navigators. He and Linda both help students grow in their faith. They serve at Grace in several ways, including teaching the high school Sunday school class.
After a few years in professional baseball, I saw Jesus in the live of a few men in the locker room and came to follow Christ in the late 70’s. since then, it has been a journey to have an identity in Christ and follow Him. After coaching baseball for 25 years, that career came to an end and transitioned to teaching at Manhattan Christian College. Libby and I have 2 children, Josie and Kelsey. We have been married 48 years and are hoping in the Lord to finish well.
Jim grew up on a farm in North Central Kansas and moved to Manhattan in 1989 to pursue a degree at Kansas State University. He rededicated his life to Christ in 1992 and started attending GBC in 1996. Jim and his wife Shelly were married in 1997 and have one daughter Claire. He has served in various roles assisting ministries at GBC. He is currently assisting with the Highschool class. He and Shelly served in Christen homeschool leadership for 8 years and have recently stepped away from those roles. Jim works for Kansas State University at the Konza Prairie Biological Station. He is also a volunteer on the Riley County Rural Fire District along with several other community roles.
Brian and his wife Angela both grew up in Kentucky. They first attended Grace Baptist in 2001, when Brian came to K-State for the graduate program in Ag Economics. After several years away, they moved back to Manhattan in 2015 with their three daughters; Jadon, Ella, and Cora. Brian is an Agricultural Economics faculty member at K-State and became an elder in 2021.
John and his family began attending Grace Baptist Church in 2013. He originally attended Grace while pursuing a Computer Science degree at K-State from 1995 to 1998. This is also when he began to follow Christ and met his wife, Jennifer. He and Jennifer lived in Olathe, KS for 15 years where the Lord blessed them with their four children: Emily, Kaitlyn, Bryce, and Ben. The Lord called their family back to Manhattan in 2013 and they quickly claimed Grace as their home church. John is a Kansas native and has served in various capacities at Grace including Children’s Bible Hour, the care group ministry, as well as serving on various committees.