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Trish Heiden, Connections Director 

Trish Heiden webTrish was born in the Pacific northwest, where it’s cloudy and rainy most days – and yes, she misses the rain! She attended Portland State University studying health and nutrition, married Ed in 1983 and has two daughters; Jessica and Haylee.

Trish and her family moved to the desert in 2002 and armed with her nutrition knowledge opened up a fitness studio for women. Trish enjoyed mentoring and coaching her members.

Trish still has a passion for health, but she knows that to truly change lives, requires a ‘heart condition’. Trish wants to be like our King, meeting people where they are to connect and grow alongside each other, engaging and challenging others to become all that God has called them to be, because Kingdom matters count!

Sandie Ramm, Church Administrator Sandie Ramm

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Sandie came to Grace by way of Cape Coral, Florida, were she served as a church office administrator for many years. Her son Scot lives in Orlando, Florida, and her daughter Heather lives here in Tucson.

Sandie's deep love for the Lord and love of serving people brought her to the church office. She says it is the best decision she ever made. By working for the church, she can serve three of her loves, the other being her children of course.

David Hillis, Lead Pastor Facebook Twitter emailDavid and Teresa Hillis

David was born and raised in rural Georgia where he attended a Bible-based church. In college at Georgia Southern University, David's faith became personal to him and he recommitted his life to Christ. After graduating with a degree in journalism from GSU, David felt a call to full time ministry and moved to Arizona to help with a church plant. While receiving his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, David served in several churches prior to coming to Grace in the areas of discipleship, Christian formation, outreach and missions. He is married to Teresa, a native of Peru. They are parents to Isaac.

David is passionate about introducing people to Christ and helping them find their true identities in Him. He has seen and experienced the radical transformation that Christ brings to people's lives, and wants Grace to be a church where people discover Christ's love for themselves and are equipped to take Christ's love to Tucson and the world.

Janet Misiaszek, Assistant to Lead Pastor JanetM-web

Janet was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. As a military dependent — her father was a U.S. Navy Chaplain — Janet has been blessed to call many places home, including the Philippines.

Janet is a former elementary school teacher and currently teaches preschool at St. Andrew’s Preschool and Kindergarten two mornings a week. She has been married to Al since 1986, and they have a son, Joey. Her family has been attending Grace since 2008, and she has loved the opportunities she’s had to serve in Children’s and Youth Ministry over the years.

Chris Roberds, Youth & Outreach Pastor Facebook Twitter chrisandmorgannewer

Chris Roberds was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, where he was a preacher’s kid and was very active in his youth group. In college at Southwest Baptist University, Chris found a passion for connecting students and adults to the world that Jesus came to rescue.

While working on his undergraduate degree, Chris felt a call to full time ministry and began serving in various youth ministries in southwest Missouri. After graduating from SBU, Chris served as youth minister in several churches in both full and part time roles.

Chris has a passion for equipping people to reach out the world and give a reason for the hope that is within them. He and his wife, Morgan — a northern Arizona native — love ministering to our students and spearheading the outreach ministry at Grace.

Melanie Irwin and Lucy Hill, 
Children's Ministry DirectorsMelanie and Lucy

Melanie came to Tucson from San Jose, California. She is married to Kent and works with Liberty Center, where she does ABA training with autistic children. She has worked as a registered nurse specializing in emergency room medicine and also coached girl's volleyball in northern California. Her past occupations bring a special twist on teaching the children of Grace about Jesus Christ.

Lucy has attended Grace since 2001, when her family moved to Tucson from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a former elementary school teacher and loves using her classroom experience to teach children about the love of Jesus Christ. She has the added blessing of working with her sister, Melanie, at Grace. She is mother to Jordan, Drew, and Natalie, and has been married to husband, Andy, since 1991. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to teach these children alongside her sister Melanie.

Theresa Anderson, Friday Night Life Children's Director

Theresa-AndersonTheresa Anderson, affectionately known as Ms. T, has worked in Early Childhood Education for 23 years. She also taught Kindergarten and Music at two local charter schools. Ms. T loves teaching children new songs and putting on talent shows. She especially enjoys singing Disney songs with the preschoolers at Creative Kids Preschool, where she has served as the school’s Director for the last 5 years.

Ms. T feels blessed to share her love of the Lord with children, spreading God’s Word and helping her co-workers and children at Creative Kids grow stronger in their own faith journeys. She has 3 children of her own. Brandon is 30, Shelby is 25 and Austin is 16; they are her best accomplishments!

Brandy Mamo, Friday Night Life Children's Assistant

Brandy-MamoOriginally from St. Augustine, Florida, Brandy moved to Tucson in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf Studies. Brandy is bilingual in English and American Sign Language.

Brandy has been a preschool teacher since graduating from the University of North Florida and has loved learning from her students. She has worked with children for over 9 years and is currently working as a Pre-K teacher at Shine Preschool. Brandy has felt a calling toward children's ministry and loves teaching Biblical truths and leading worship music with kids.

Support Staff:

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Cindy Baker, email
Worship Producer

Faith Eisenegger

Faith Eisenegger, Nursery Supervisor

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Charlie Lehardy and Jon Heddles, Custodians

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Rick Drost, Custodian