Our Staff

"A leader is one who knows the way,
goes the way, and shows the way."

-John Maxwell

Brad Wieneke

Lead Pastor

Hi my name is Brad Wieneke, Lead Pastor at Grace. My family and I have been attending Grace since 2000 and I began serving as Lead Pastor in 2015. God has blessed Joanne and I with four amazing girls: Anna, Rachel, Brooke and Joy. Together, we love serving the families of Grace. One of my passions is to work with couples as they pursue a relationship with God, and with each other. Relationships can be difficult, but we know that life is much better together. Especially when we understand and live out the Good News of the Gospel in our daily lives. My staff and I look forward to meeting you. Let us know how we can serve you today!

Travis Lurten

Worship Pastor

Welcome! My name is Travis and I’m glad you are here! My wife and I have been at Grace for a couple years now, and we love doing life with the people here. I have been a Worship Pastor for nearly 20 years and my wife and I have been serving together in some form for over 22 years… even before we were married! Leading with someone you love has made life and ministry so good!
Worship is a vital part of life for every Believer. In moments of triumph and joy, worship is our expression of gratitude! In moments when we hurt or feel broken, worship is our opportunity to come before His throne for healing and restoration. When we come together to worship, it is awesome to see God at work in the hearts of His people. We look forward to meeting you soon! Come, let’s worship together!

Nate Gillen

Youth Pastor

Welcome to Grace! My name is Nate and I’m the Youth Pastor here at Grace. My wife Kristi and I have 4 kids: Zac, Austin, Hayle, and Laney…and we are all in when it comes to advancing the Gospel. We moved to Joplin from Northeast Iowa and we love seeing God at work in Joplin as we share our passion of Jesus with our community. When it comes to working with students, I love watching their hearts transform and grow to love Jesus. To watch the love of Jesus change their hearts to love the church and the lost… and to see the power of the Gospel come alive within them as they reach the lost and change the world. There is nothing greater than this!
We are excited to get to know your family as we serve the community together!

Fred Vogel

Senior Adult Pastor

Welcome to Grace Baptist Church. My name is Fred Vogel. I currently serve our church through our Senior Adult Ministry. I have been a child of God and a pastor for over 50 years and our church is the best church I have ministered in. My wife, Mary, and I have been members of Grace Baptist Church since 1999. We have three daughters and one adopted daughter. They are all married and have blessed us with 12 wonderful Grandchildren.
I enjoy serving our Senior Adults and love teaching the 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders in Sunday School. I also enjoy helping with our Preschool each week. We love serving the families in our church and in the Joplin community, and we look forward to getting to know you and your family too.

Grant Ousley

College Minister

Hi! My name is Grant Ousley and I am the Director of the Pathways Ministry at Grace Baptist. The Pathways Ministry serves Young Adults in growing them closer to Christ and the person He has created them to be. I’m passionate about this age group because of the multitude of opportunities they have in their lives and love to see them take ownership of their relationship with Christ. I have served in the Young Adults and Youth Ministry since 2011 and have been a member of GBC since 2007.
My wife, Shelby, and I love to discuss and dream how we can serve young adults in new and personal ways.  We look forward to getting to know you.

Pam Hatcher

Church Secretary

Hi! I’m Pam Hatcher and I’ve been the secretary here at GBC since 2007. My husband Jason and I married  in 2003, we have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I love being able to work with the people that come to GBC and help them in any way I can. I also serve on the Children’s Team. I get to help plan and execute the monthly activities for the younger children. I enjoy getting to spend time with the kids, seeing the joy they bring to others as well as the fun they have learning about God’s love and what it looks like to love others. Call, email or stop by any time…I’m here to help. I look forward to getting to know you!

Shelby McDowell

Growing with Grace Preschool Director

Welcome! My name is Shelby McDowell and I am the new director of Growing with Grace Preschool. Though I have only been on staff at Grace for a short time, I'm enjoying meeting the families and developing relationships with the GWG Staff. My husband Michael and I have been married since 2014 and have been blessed with 2 rowdy sweet boys (Andrew and Isaac). Our family attends Christ’s Church of Oronogo where we serve as LifeGroup leaders and I also serve as a Preschool Sunday School teacher. I am so excited to serve families, students, and staff through GWG. I look forward to getting to know you and your family soon!