Grace Church


Pastor Leroy Childress (PC)
Senior Pastor

PC is dedicated to helping people understand the Gospel in everyday language and life.  One of his hobbies is helping people smile.  He has a passion for marriages and family unity and has  a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  PC is married to Eunice, who is from the Dominican Republic, and they have three daughters: Natalie (15) Hailey (13) and Naomi (11).  In his years of ministry, PC has served in church, school, prison, and street ministries.  When asked to describe himself, he would reply; “An idiot for the Lord with an over-active imagination.

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The Blessing of Snow 0 PC 02/03/2015 02/03/2015
As I consider the amount of snow we got, it has placed me into some deep thoughts.  When the snow begins to fall many people including myself get frustrated.  Now, don’t get me wrong, ... read more
Renae Kooy, Youth Director Email
Renae is a 2012 graduate of Moody BIble Institute where she earned a degree in Communication. She is dedicated to helping teenagers understand the depth of Jesus' love and other biblical truths. Renae grew up attending Grace Church and has served in various capacities throughout her years, both at Grace Church and other faith-based nonprofits within the Lansing and Chicago communities. Her service has allowed her to travel extensively and she remains passionate about creating unity and understanding among all people groups (Galatians 3:28). 
To contact Renae, click the email link above.

Jake Dykstra, Minister of Calling

Pastor Jake is originally from Artesia, CA where he was ordained in 1954.  He has served churches in Illinois, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada.  He is retired in word only as he serves area churches in the ministry of Visitation.  He is newly married to his wife, Bernice, and they live in Dyer, IN.  Pastor Jake does not keep office hours, but you can reach him, by contacting the church office.

Richard Bodden, Worship Director  Email

Richard is originally from Maryland. He settled here in the Lansing area after serving a few years as a missionary, followed by completing his BA Degree in Music at Concordia University Chicago. Outside of church, Richard likes to help out with various music activities around the local/ Chicago-land area. "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  Matthew 5:16

Kim Ballard, Church Administrator  Email

Kim is originally from Lansing and grew up at Grace Church.  She resides in Munster, Indiana with her husband, Bob, and four children.  Kim has been blessed to use her gifts of organization and administration for God purposes at Grace Church since 1989.  She has claimed Isaiah 40:31 as her life verse:  "but those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings likes eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  You can reach Kim in the office (708/474-0180) on Tuesday through Friday.

Dawn Slager, Secretary  Email

Dawn Slager grew up at Grace Church and resides in Lansing with her husband, John.  She has 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  Dawn has served the Grace Church office since 1995.  Her favorite thing to do is babysit her grandchildren.  Her favorite passage is 1 Corinthians 13, "the love chapter."  You can reach Dawn in the office on Wednesday and Thursday at 708-474-0180.

Debra Hoekstra, Custodian

Deb lives in Lansing with her husband, Dale.  They have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  Deb has joyfully served Grace Church since 1988.  The Lord has blessed her with the gift of hospitality.