The day-to-day ministry of our church is led by a team of full-time and part-time staff. Our staff are responsible for implementing the vision and direction set forth by the elder team through the equipping of our members.


Ben Talmadge

Senior Pastor

Ben serves as the senior pastor of Grace Church. He has been on staff with Grace since 2008 and has been the senior pastor since 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School. He is married to Anna Grace, and they are the parents of two children.


Tim Thomassian

Associate Pastor

Tim has served as the Associate Pastor at Grace since 1996. He oversees our small group ministry (Shepherding Groups), Deacon Ministry, and Ministry Teams. He is a graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Laurie, have three adult children.


Nita Hallman

Administrative & Community Life Assistant

Nita and her husband, Terry, are both native to Tuscaloosa. She joined the staff in April 1998. She also does lay-counseling with women and assists with our Community Life Ministries. She and Terry have been part of the Grace Church family since 2000. They have a son and a daughter and six grandchildren.


Shannon Gray

Children's Education & Women's Ministry Director

Shannon serves as the Children’s & Women’s Ministry Director at Grace Church. She has been on staff with Grace since 2006 and has been part of the Grace Church family since 1979. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a Masters in Human Development and Family Life Studies. She is married to Alan—they have three sons, two daughters and six grandchildren.


Tim Wilson

Youth Director

Tim has been serving as Youth Director since February 2016. Prior to coming on staff he had been a volunteer with the student ministry since college. A 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama, he and his wife Karlie have two kids.


Leslie Hoyle

Music Director

Leslie has been a part of Grace Church since 2004 and became Music Director in 2017. She attended Bob Jones University where she majored in Music Education. Leslie is a married to Lee Hoyle, and they have four children.


We are an elder-led church, meaning that we operate under the authority of a team of elders, all of whom are active members and all of whom possess equal authority in all decision-making and oversight of the church.


Phil Bishop


Jim Gleason


Jeremy Henderson


Andy Paxton


Marc Sherrill


Ben Talmadge


Our deacons are servant leaders who oversee a variety of practical ministries connected to the congregation and who support the work of the church and the elders. 


Gene Fondren


Seaborn Gray


Minda Paxton


Yancey Reach


Diane Sekeres


Scott Spears