Lead Pastor

Stephen Deese

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Pastor Stephen and Brittney have been with Grace Church as Lead Pastor since February 2021.  They have served in pastoral ministry in Tennessee, Mississippi, Indiana, Missouri, and Virgina.  They have a spoiled dog named Addie and love to take trips and outings with her.  Just like Pastor Stephen and Brittney ~ Addie never meets a stranger!

You can find our Pastoral family at local coffee shops, sampling the many foodie options in Chattanooga, making connections in our community, and hanging out with friends and family around the dinner table.  They have heart and passion to share Jesus with everyone they meet and help people grow in their relationship with Jesus.

We look forward to welcoming you to Grace Church and having you a part of the amazing community who gather to worship, fellowship, grow in their relationship with Jesus in and around the Hixson community.  


Worship & Family Connections Leader

Elizabeth Spencer

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Elizabeth Spencer serves as our Worship & Family Connections Leader. She has been leading worship since the age of thirteen, and is overjoyed to be able to serve Grace Church through her both her passion of worship through music and her strong desire to form relationships with others.

Elizabeth attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in Christian Ministry with a focus of Worships in spring of 2022. She currently pursuing her Master's in Christian Leadership at Bryan College.

She loves coffee and connecting with others, which she likes to think go pretty hand in hand. She is always ready for a conversation, whether about food, music, or just talking through your week. Always feel free to reach out to her for anything!

Office Manager

Doreen Davis Riddle

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Doreen serves as our Church Office Secretary and Church Treasurer. She has been part of Grace Church for over 15 years and has served in many different roles. She also serves as East TN District Director for Children’s Bible Quizzing.

Doreen is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College (now University) and is parent to 3 wonderful adults: Shearl, Emily and Thomas.

Doreen loves her family, her church, autumn, peanut butter, snow, Christmas, Christian music, Bible quizzing and flowers, but she loves her Lord Jesus most of all.

Pastor Emeritus

Jerry Hanson

Rev. Jerry and Pat Hanson served as pastor from 1992-2008, the longest tenure of any pastor in the history of Grace Church!  He is a man of God who loves people and has a gift to work with his hands.  The numerous improvement projects that he has completed over the years is too many to list!  Devoted to the Word of God, Pastor Hanson currently serves as the Friendship Class teacher and is extremely effective in this role.  

Pastor Hanson and Pat are faithful supporters of Grace Church and an invaluable asset to our ministry team!  Pat is a retired educator with Hamilton County Schools and is active in choir, Women's Bible Study, Nazarene Missions, and hospitality.  We are blessed to have this couple as an integral part of the ministry of Grace Church!