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Pastors and Elders

Pastor Jamie Howellfunny film and misc 013

Pastor Jamie has been a member of GBC for over 30 years and has served for much of that times a full time member of the pastoral staff. He and Lydia have been blessed with three children. Jamie is passionate about preaching and teaching the word of God and  applying the gospel to everyday life through his counseling ministry. He has completed the study courses in Biblical Counseling offered by CCEF and serves as a full-time staff Pastor for GBC.

Pastor Nicolas Alford

Nick is a great sinner, but Christ is a greater Savior. He is married to the lovely Shelby and they have been blessed with three children.  Nick grew up working in the construction industry, building homes with a small family business in the Pacific Northwest. He previously helped to plant Free Grace Baptist Church in Bremerton, WA and is now a full-time staff pastor at GBC. He is a graduate of Reformed Baptist Seminary and serves on the RBS Board of Overseers. He enjoys writing, taking cars apart, spending time with his wife and kids, and despairing over the Seattle Mariners

Mark HatfieldGBC_240

Mark has been a member at Grace for over 20 years where has has served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher.  Mark and Cheryl started attending Grace while students at Clemson University.  They have raised their four children while attending Grace.

Mark has operated a general contracting business (Hatfield Builders, Inc.) since 1992  He earned his Bachelors Degree at Clemson, and has received a Masters in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Since 2013 Mark has been serving as Pastor of Beijing Baptist Church in Beijing, China.  Mark is passionate about bringing the love of Jesus to everyone that he meets.

Scott Van SteenburghGBC_250

A member at Grace for over 10 years, Scott has served this body as an elder, worship leader, and Sunday School teacher. Scott met his wife Marsha working at the Wilds Christian Camp. Together they raised six children, and now enjoy spending time with their six grandkids.

Scott attended Bob Jones University, as well as Trinity Ministerial Acadamy, has served as a youth pastor and pastor in the past, and has over 30 years of experience as a professional cabinet maker. His passion is to see the saints built up in faith as they worship the living God and disciple the nations to the glory of Jesus Christ.

Brian Smithfunny film and misc 015

I love the Lord, I love my family, I love my church family.

The Lord saw fit to save me as a child in south Florida. I moved to Greenville for college, and married my dear wife Becky after my junior year. When I graduated from college I had a job in town, so Greenville has become our home.

The Lord brought my wife and I to GBC over twenty years ago, and GBC is our church family. We’re delighted that our three children have grown up in the church. We’re blessed to be a part of this church body.


The deacons at Grace Baptist Church are servants. That is what the word “deacon” means. It is a real church office identified in the Scriptures, and that means these men have a specific work to do along with the authority given to them by the church to do it. They are primarily provided to the church to assist the elders by off-loading many pressing needs related to our church life in order to free up the elders so they can give themselves to their appointed work of shepherding. How valuable these men are!Their work consists in a ministry of mercy and of the business affairs of the church. The deacons see that merciful care is ministered to the sick, the sorrowing, and the aged. They make sure such as these receive spiritual and physical comfort. And they minister the Word of God as they serve in this ministry. They also administer this church’s benevolence funds, and provide counsel to those in need. They are always looking for opportunities to do good, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

The deacons are given the authority to administer the business affairs of this church. They prepare the church budget and when the congregation has approved the budget, they have the responsibility to manage it. Our men have implemented specific precautions to insure the financial integrity of Grace Baptist’s ministry. The deacons also take responsibility for care and maintenance of the church’s properties. If our facilities are safe and attractive, it is because these servants are doing their God-given tasks. And they are very faithful in doing so. We thank the Lord for giving such men to us.