Dr. Rick Grace has been the Senior Pastor at SpringCreek Fellowship since 2005. He has more than 40 years of pastoral experience, having served churches in Illinois, Kansas, and now Arkansas. He holds a BS in History Education from Eastern Illinois University; a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from the University of Dubuque (IA) Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry in worship also from UDTS.
Dr. Grace has been married to his best friend Nancy for over 40 years and have two married children. Their son, Erick, lives in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife, Emily, and their three sons, Gage, Holden and Caleb.
Their daughter, LeeAnne Rhodes, lives in Goshen, AR, with her husband, Bill, and their children, Zachariah and Leah.
Dr. Grace will be retiring from SCF at the end of July 2019 to take an administrative role within the Discipleship Heritage Fellowship. He and Nancy will be moving back to Illinois to begin their new role at the beginning of September.
Josh Benefiel comes to SpringCreek after a decade of working with youth in a myriad of pastoral, teaching, mentoring and coaching roles. His heart for ministering to youth is rooted in providing a positive example of Godly manhood and developing authentic faith through solid Bible teaching, community outreach and missions opportunities.
Josh and his wife Sarah, both natives of southeast Kansas, have been married for ten years and have two awesome kids: Elias and Adelle.
Josh has a Bachelor's degree in history and political science from Emporia State University and a Masters degree in Theology and Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Josh's hobbies include writing, hiking, football and road trips. He always prefers driving to flying. Two of the top items on Josh's bucket list: to drive the Alaskan highway from Washington State to Alaska and to hike to the top of a volcano to roast a marshmallow.
Jason Thomas has been part of the SpringCreek Fellowship family since 2013. Jason has been a part of the worship team since he first came to SCF, but took the lead as our official worship leader early in 2019.
Jason is a talented musician and has a heart for worshiping and for leading others into the presence of God.
Jason and his wife Rebekah have been married for five years and have two boys: Seth and Titus.
Brother Allen and his family have been members of SCF for over two decades. Allen serves as the chairman of the Council of Elders and, along with his wife Tonya, as the leaders of our children's ministries.
Brother David and his family have been members of SCF for almost two decades. David faithfully serves within SCF as the chairman of the congregation's vision team, as our resident tech guru and as the head of our audio/ visual team.
Brother Keith has been a part of the SCF family as an elder and pastor for several years after having retired from being head pastor for several decades. He is currently on loan through Interim Pastoral Ministries to First Christian Church of Richlands, NC.
Brother Robin and his family have been members of SCF for over 38 years. Robin has served as an elder of SCF for 20 years. Robin now has Elder Emeritus status, having honorably served and now retired. Robin serves in an as-needed capacity, providing the Council of Elders with wisdom and counsel.