Josh was born and raised in central Illinois (“noy”, not “noise” please) where things are just a tiny bit colder. He grew up watching Harry Carry and the Chicago Cubs, loving sci-fi, and tinkering with tech. He got a degree from Illinois State University and went into a career in technology for about 10 years (polo’s and kakis every day) before his pastor took him to lunch one day and said, “I think God is calling you to be a full-time pastor.” It was 11 years ago when he and Linda both took that leap of faith, and they’ve found Jesus to be faithful every step since. So you’ve already guessed that Linda, Josh’s wife, is a remarkable woman of faith. She’s also a brilliant sign language interpreter and mom of their 3 teens, Jake, Davi, and Gracie. They love hiking in the Wichita Mountains, eating authentic italian food, seeing the latest superhero movies, and watching live concerts when they can. Josh is Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship. His passion is to see men and women walk in a real, life-giving friendship with Jesus Christ…and as many of them as possible before he stops breathing. He loves it when the Scripture comes alive for people. And his dream is to lead a local church away from self-centered church-ness and to a place where every one of us owns God’s call to “see to it that no one misses the grace of God”.
Sarah was born and raised here in Lawton, OK where she attended Lawton High.
She later moved to Sydney, Australia to attend Hillsong International Leadership
College. While she was in Sydney she met her wonderful husband Tanner.
They moved back to Lawton at the end of 2017 with a baby boy on the way who
will be here in April! Sarah has had the opportunity to spend the majority of her life
attending and serving at Grace Fellowship. She is the fourth generation in her
family to be part of this incredible community and she can’t wait to add another
generation to that legacy. As the Worship Pastor, she is inspired by creativity and
the opportunity the church has to both encounter God and express His beauty
through creativity of all kinds.
Tanner was born in Denver Colorado and went to High School in Farmington New
Mexico. He did two years at Fort Lewis College in Colorado as a Music
Performance Major and then moved to Australia to attend Hillsong International
Leadership College. He studied ministry there for 3 years and was involved with
the creative team there at Hillsong Church.
Tanner met his wife Sarah in Australia and moved to Lawton in November of 2017.
He is passionate about worship, community, people, and the Church. He is a
movie buff and a Star Wars nerd. Tanner the Connections Pastor at Grace
Fellowship and he looks after our Life Groups and is involved with the worship
Ricky is our Students Pastor at Grace and he leads service for our Middle and High School students on Wednesday nights. Ricky is a former military child and had the opportunity to travel and live in multiple states across the U.S. growing up. His family received orders to Lawton, OK in the summer of 2012, where Ricky has remained since. He and his wife Rachel both graduated from Lawton High School and have been part of Grace for over 5 years. They have two children; their son Liam and their daughter Elly. Ricky is passionate about people, the church, and creating fun filled atmospheres wherever he goes. He loves movies, almost every genre of music, and cereal.
Brooke is a native to the state of Michigan. As a military spouse, her family was stationed at Lawton/Fort Sill in 2015 and plan on remaining in Oklahoma. She’s happily married to a faithful, God-fearing man and the two are the proud parents to their beautiful and brilliant niece, Harley. Brooke attained her undergraduate degree from American Military University and is currently in seminary, studying Christian Ministry. Her passion is in building relationships centered on Christ and seeing those far from God draw near to Him. She fervently loves God and loves people. As the Church Engagement Director here at Grace, Brooke’s hope is that everyone experiences and embraces the love and grace of God.