As the Church Communications Coordinator, Jennifer produces the pieces that let members know what is going on at Grace: the bulletin, newsletter, prayer blog, and church directory. She also manages facility usage, church membership information, and the daily tasks of running the church office. Most importantly, her role is to serve as the contact person for church members and visitors for them to access information about Grace UMC.
Jennifer and her husband, Ray, have 2 children, Kaitlyn and Parker, who keep them very busy playing sports and participating in various activities. Before having kids, she worked as the Director of Corporate Communications for an environmental engineering firm in Atlanta but left to spend more time with her children.
When she has spare time, Jennifer can be found crafting, cooking, spending time outside, or searching the internet for her dream farmhouse.
Director of Youth Ministry
Although new to Grace's staff, Brittany comes to us with extensive student ministry experience. As Director of Youth Ministry, she is passionate about investing in the future generation of the church. She strives to ensure that each and every student finds their identity in Christ and knows that they are loved by God. It is her desire that students be equipped with the mindset, knowledge, and Christian principals needed to be prepared for life, leadership, and service out in the world.
Brittany has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration of Social Science and Religion from Liberty University. She is currently a full-time student at Asbury Theological Seminary working towards a Masters of Divinity. In 2016 she became a certified candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church.
Brittany and her husband Chad have four awesome sons who keep them quite busy with baseball. In her minimal spare time, Brittany enjoys being outdoors and spending time working in the yard.
Director of Children's Ministries
Tracie has served as Director of Children’s Ministries at Grace since August 2015. She strives to serve God and the congregation by providing biblically sound, fun, and age-appropriate programming and events for kids in Kindergarten – 5th grade. While she enjoys many aspects of her job, nothing brings her joy like spending time with the kids she serves.
Tracie graduated from Liberty University in 1996 (B.S., Church Ministry) and from Bethel University Seminary in 2015 with a Master’s in Children’s and Family Ministry.
Tracie should belong to a 12-step program for people who are addicted to books, thinks her husband, David, is the kindest person on the planet, and attempts to hug the guts out of their sons, Henry and Ethan, every single day.
Director of Worship & Music Arts
Gianna has been a member of the Grace staff since 2012. She oversees the music ministry, including directing the Chancel Choir and the GraceFull Singers. Gianna is well known in the area as a singer, director, and teacher.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College and has been very active in the community singing operatic roles with Huntsville Opera Theater, as a Music Director and Assistant Director for Lyrique Music Productions, Ovation Arts, and Theatre Huntsville, and as a private voice and piano teacher. Gianna is also a member of the a cappella vocal ensemble Huntsville Collegium Musicum.
Gianna has a daughter and a son, is an avid fan of dance and all the arts, and enjoys reading mystery and crime fiction.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Doug has facilitated and led contemporary worship at the 9am service at Grace since Easter 2014. During that time, he has worked hard to innovate and find creative ways to lead God's people into worship each week. It is his desire to help facilitate an atmosphere of uninhibited worship for the congregation as well as the members of the contemporary worship team.
Doug has been married to the most beautiful woman he knows for 21 years and they have 2 daughters. He graduated from the University of Mobile in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Religion.
If Doug has any spare time, he enjoys camping, rock climbing, rappelling, vertical caving, and mountain biking.
As Nursery Coordinator for Grace, Kalyn oversees various aspects of our nursery rooms, including the organizing of supplies and the management of our paid childcare workers. Since 2010, Kalyn has been the point of contact for anyone needing childcare and strives to instill a caring, loving atmosphere in every room.
Kalyn graduated from the University of Alabama in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development.
She enjoys knitting, playing trivia with friends, and watching football…especially her favorite team, Alabama’s Crimson Tide!
Assistant Music Director
Since 2011, Curtis has served as our gifted Staff Pianist by helping to direct various choir rehearsals and playing piano for our worship services and events.
As a native of Athens, Alabama, Curtis attended pre-college studies at Mannes and Juilliard. He has participated in college studies at the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama-Huntsville (B.A., Music and Philosophy)
Curtis’ favorite authors include C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, and Eudora Welty. His hobbies include amateur astronomy, cooking, hiking, cats, and travel.
Ben Allen cares for the congregation and facilities of Grace UMC by ensuring that equipment is repaired as needed, monthly maintenance and weekly cleaning is scheduled, and everything is "Sunday Ready" each week. Ben has been attending Grace UMC for 42 years and has been employed here for 8 years.
Ben was born and raised in Morgan County, Alabama and attended management schools in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. He has managed several restaurants and currently owns a residential rental real estate company, which he has managed for 31 years.
Ben was inducted into the Morgan County Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and would quickly say that the greatest joys of his life are the two amazing women in his life: His lovely wife, Susan, and their beautiful daughter, Brittany!