Grace Church exists to give glory to God through Proclaiming the Gospel, Transformation by Grace, & Growing in Christ

Our Staff

Don Thayer: Senior Pastor

Don Thayer has been serving as Senior Pastor of Grace Church since August 2010. Pastor Don received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to serving at Grace Church, Don was an Associate Pastor for 13 years in Central Point, Oregon. Pastor Don enjoys sports, fishing and vacationing with his family. Don and his wife, Susan, were married in October 1992. They have 4 children: Nick, Parker, Sammi and Isaac.

Don’s Phone: 719.239.8053

George Hill: Care & Discipleship Pastor

George Hill has been serving at Grace Church since May of 1998, first as Youth Pastor and now as Care & Discipleship Pastor. George received his Camp, Recreation, and Youth Ministries degree from Judson Baptist College in Portland, Oregon and is has completed his Masters degree in Counseling from Adams State University. George enjoys doing anything with his family, follows the Colorado Rockies and is recently trying to improve his golf game. George and his wife Sheri were married in January 1988. They have 2 grown sons, who are married.  Tyler and his wife, Chelsea, live in Colorado Springs.  Josh and his wife, Heaven, live in Minneapolis.

George’s Phone: 719.239.1286

Jim LaCroix: Children & Student Ministries Pastor

Jim LaCroix has been serving as the Children’s & Student Ministries Pastor since September 2016.  Prior to that he served as part-time Church Administrator since January 2014. Jim’s passion is to free up pastors from as much administration as possible, to help them to become the leader, teacher, and shepherd God has called them to be. Besides working for Grace Church, Jim also leads Young Life in Salida. When not working, Jim loves to camp with his family, golf, fish, or just be outside somewhere in the sunshine! Jim and his wife Nancy met at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota, and were married in 1989. Nancy works part-time as an office manager for a company in Salida, and as a mom the rest of the time. Nancy loves beaches, reading, and family. Jim and Nancy feel incredibly blessed to be the parents of Sarah and Rebekah, two great teenage ladies!

Jim’s Phone: 719.221.4996

Jessica Weeks: Children’s Ministry Director

Jessica Weeks has been serving Grace Church since February 2015, first as Sunday Morning Coordinator, and now as the Grace Kids Director. Prior to joining Grace Church, she taught at Christian elementary schools in Salida and in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Jessica and her husband Mike were married in June 2007, and have two sons, Crispin and Aidan.

Jessica’s Phone: 703.909.0639

Judy Dobson: Financial Administrator

Judy Dobson has been a member at Grace Church since 1987 and serving as part-time secretary since 1996. She now serves as the Financial Administrator for Grace Church. Her husband, Ron, is a retired wildlife officer. They have three grown sons who grew up attending Grace Church. Judy enjoys hiking, biking, reading and spending time with her family. Judy, alongside her husband, Ron, lead the Dobson Small Group.

Judy’s Phone: 719.221.0617

Dani Potter: Office Administrator

Dani Potter and her husband Nathan are members of Grace Church. They have a son, Egon, and a daughter, Lola. Dani enjoys reading, writing, quiet mornings at coffeeshops, and spending time with her family.

Elders & Deacons

Paul Inge: 719.539.8699
Finley Nunn: 817.964.5472
Seth Richardson: 719.539.2826
Nick Tessitore: 719.539.3653

Aaron Blondeau: 719.207.4270
Tom Ferber: 262.565.8588
Bruce Gross: 719.239.0838
Dennis Heckel: 719.221.0501
Dan Johnson: 719.207.1315
Larry Keller: 303.903.9217
Michael Weeks: 703.209.0790