Benjamin Jorden
Senior Pastor

Ben was born and raised in Kirksville but spent 14 years with his wife, Karis, as inner-city missionaries in Chicago before returning home to become the senior pastor at Grace in 2019. Ben and Karis were married in 2006 and have three sons Elias, Hezekiah, and Malachi.

Ben holds a B.A. in Bible and Missions with an emphasis in Urban Ministry from Moody Bible Institute, and a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary.

The Jorden family likes ATA Martial Arts, bonfires, coffee, and relationships with people from the church and the community!

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Jon Mark Goldsmith
Associate Pastor of Children and Youth Ministry

Pastor Jon Mark leads and oversees our children and youth ministries. He earned a B.A. in theology and Bible from Moody Bible Institute. He is also a Master of Divinity student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

His wife, Anessa serves by leading the Grace Youth Girls ministry. She has a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Jon Mark and Anessa love nature, coffee, art, good conversation, and strengthening the Body of Christ in their calling. They have one daughter whose name is Haven.

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Christopher and Margaret Peterson
Worship leader and Administrative Assistant

Chris is our volunteer director of Music. He works full-time as a highway engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

Margaret grew up at Grace, met Chris here, and serves as our pastor's administrative assistant. They both help in youth ministry and love to make art and music together.

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