Staff & Ministry Leaders

  • Barry Flanders
    Senior Pastor, Myanmar Mission, Cripplegate Teacher

    Master Divinity - Baptist Bible Seminary, Scranton PA

    Bachelors - Health Information Management - SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY

    Email Barry | Phone: (989) 775-7101 ext. 109


    Barry and a team planted what has become Grace Church almost 20 years ago. He and his wife Suzanne are originally from Syracuse, New York. Barry began his professional career as Director of MIS at a VA Medical Center just north of New York City.  After transitioning into a related opportunity in the health care field, Barry spent four years studying God's word in seminary with his final year being given to a church planting internship at Bethesda Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to planting Grace Church in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Barry served at a Baptist church for 5 years as an Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries. He has committed his life to doing whatever he, his family, and Grace Church can do to make disciples of Jesus while fulfilling Jesus' Great Commission.


    Barry enjoys reading Scripture, prayer and studying the culture (incl. sports, politics, history) and its ramifications upon the life of the Christ-follower, the church. He enjoys working out and learning whatever he can about living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Jason Tubbs

    Assoc. Pastor - Facilities, Production, Elder, Cripplegate Teacher

    Full Time Staff at Grace

    Email Jason | Phone: (989) 775-7101 ext. 101


    Jason first starting attending Grace Church as a senior at Mt. Pleasant high school. As a freshmen at CMU, he came to personal faith in Jesus and began serving within the church. After his junior year studying Business Management, he felt God calling him to serve and minister in other places and eventually into full time ministry at Grace. He met his wife Ashley while serving at Grace and together have been married for thirteen years and have 5 children.


    Jason started serving with our Construction Ministry in 2001 and participated in a summer internship the following summer. As a full-time staff member of the church, Jason oversees our construction and production ministries and helps manage church finances, coordinate internships and is a part of our team of Elders. He also teaches at Cripplegate Prayer meetings. 

  • Ryan Giegling
    Assoc. Pastor - Children's Ministry, Elder, Cripplegate Teacher

    Bachelor of Science in Education, Central Michigan University

    2nd Grade Teacher at Ganiard Elementary School

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    Ryan has been attending Grace Church since 2000. Ryan graduated from CMU and has been teaching 12 years in Mt. Pleasant public schools. He currently teaches 2nd grade at Ganiard Elementary. He and his wife, Betsy, have 6 kids and they live here in a Mt. Pleasant.


    Ryan started serving in our Children's Ministry shortly after he started coming to Grace Church and he oversees our Children's Ministry still today. Ryan is also a part of our team of Elders. He teaches at the Cripplegate Prayer meetings and assists with many others aspects of ministry at Grace.

  • Phil Coffman

    Assoc. Pastor - Worship & Media, Elder, Cripplegate Teacher

    Proud graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School

    Manager of Creative Media, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, CMU

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    Phil served on staff at Grace Church for 10 years, and has been at CMU full-time for 6 years. He's married to Melissa, his beautiful wife of 15 years, and has 5 children.


    Phil has been playing guitar for 21 years and writing songs for most of that time as well. He's also observed the coffee production process first-hand from farm to cup as a part of the leadership team of Twelve17 Coffee Roasters.

  • Ben Coffman

    Elder, Children's Ministry, Cripplegate Teacher

    Director of Risk Management, CMU | B.S. in Construction Management, CMU 2004
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    Ben has been serving at Grace since 1997 and was part of the cadre that started the church. He has also served in the areas of Construction, Hospitality, Student Ministries, Children's Ministries and Drama. He and his wife Heather are blessed with 5 sons and 1 (tough) daughter. Ben sees the life-changing potential of the local church and wants his life to ensure Grace is that kind of church. Also, Ben loves to tell stories and watch any film involving American hero Jason Bourne.

  • Suzanne Flanders
    Women's Ministry Leader, Myanmar Mission, Li'l Church

    Bible Degree, Baptist Bible College, PA | Registered Nurse

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    Suzanne has been serving at Grace since its beginnings in 1998. She is Pastor Barry's wife and mother of their 10 children who all serve in various ways in the Body of Christ. In addition to leading, loving, and serving the women of Grace, she currently serves on an amazing team in Lil' Church. Leading women to the feet of Christ through coordinating women's prayer meetings, Bible studies, and retreats will continue to be a major focus of her ministry.


    Her favorite music is Switchfoot, Need to Breathe, and, of course, just about everything her kids play. Suzanne also loves reading, studying the Bible, and running with the women of Grace.

  • Dan Koefoed

    Director- Upper Children's Ministry, Cripplegate Teacher

    B.F.A Theater Design & Technology, Central Michigan University - 2005

    Concert Hall Manager and Building Coordinator, CMU's School of Music

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    As the son of Scott Koefoed, one of the founding pastors, Dan Koefoed has been part of Grace Church since the very beginning. He began by serving on the Production Team for several years which prepared him for and led him into his current vocation at CMU. Eight years ago he felt led to move from serving on the Production Team to serving in Children's Ministry at Grace where he has been blessed to serve alongside many committed and faithful volunteers. 


    Dan and his wife Bethany have 3 boys who love to wrestle and were recently blessed with a little girl. He loves the outdoors/nature but is particularly passionate about seeing people come to know Christ and realize their full potential as children of God through the local church. 

  • Betsy Giegling

    Director- Lower Childrens Ministry, Ones Church

    Studied Dietetics at Central Michigan University

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    Betsy has been serving at Grace since 2001. She spent 8 years serving on the Hospitality team- her favorite was coordinating meals to serve to families with newborns. Eight years ago she took that love of new life and began serving in Children's Ministry in Baby Church. She now enjoys teaching very simple lessons and praying over Grace's one-year olds.


    Betsy stays busy homeschooling her six children, the youngest started kindergarten this year. When she has a moment alone, you'll find her reading, although her favorite activity is getting outside to log some miles with her favorite running partner, Ryan. 

  • Gina Weare
    Graphic Design

    B.S.B.A in Marketing/Advertising, Central Michigan University- 2008

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    Gina has been attending Grace Church since 2004. She and her husband, Phil, have 3 active boys. She loves Christmas and has always been captivated by "the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them." (Jesus Bible Storybook, by Sally Lloyd Jones)


    Gina began serving on the Production team with graphic design and slide presentation in 2005 with brief forays into the Coffee and Children's Ministries. She currently volunteers doing graphic and web design for Grace.

  • Emily Krogman

    Facilities Team Leader, Mom's in Ministry Director, five6

    B.S Recreation Parks & Leisure Administration, Central Michigan University - 2014

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    Emily began attending Grace in 2009, but really began to prioritize local church ministry through an internship in 2012. Since then, she has been able to disciple young people through the Cleaning Ministry, Children's Ministry, and facilitating Mom's in Ministry. She loves backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding and hanging out with her four younger brothers.

  • Employed at the Red Lobster

    Email John | Phone: (989) 775-7101 ext. 106


    John has served in many ministry roles since our church was officially birthed in 1998: Cleaning, Video, Production, Music, Construction and most everything in between. Since its opening in 2012, John has helped lead our Twelve17 Coffee Roasters ministry. He also teaches at the Friday morning Cripplegate prayer meetings.


    Along with his brothers, John completed the 2010 Syracuse IronMan 70.3 when he was 16 years old. John enjoys good literature, history and missionary biographies. C. S. Lewis and Winston Churchill are very appreciated by him. 

  • Ben Krogman

    The Kitchen at Twelve17 Coffee Roasters

    Employed at Central Michigan University

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