Grace Church Staff
BILL GEHM – Senior Pastor
Pastor Bill has been the Senior Pastor of Grace Church, Calvary Chapel Amarillo, since 1985. Bill’s number one focus has always been to feed God’s people with God’s word. Bill and his wife Cindy have been married for over 42 years and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Bill enjoys various outdoor activities such as riding his motorcycle, camping, and working in the yard with his wife. His greatest hobby is reading the Word of God.
DOUG M. GEHM – Executive Pastor
Pastor Doug has been on staff since September 2005. He currently oversees all aspects of ministry at Grace. Doug attended and graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College in California, England, and Spain. He is married to Kimberly and they are blessed with five children. Doug enjoys reading, cold weather, and sports.
NATHAN VAINIO - Youth Pastor
Nathan has been involved in Grace church since 2017. He desires to see students come to faith in Jesus, and actively follow Him! He is married to Jaymarie, and they have a baby boy on the way!
CINDY GEHM - Women's Ministry
Cindy met her husband, Bill, at Bible College. When their oldest son was 1 year old they moved to Amarillo. They had 2 more children, and started Grace Church right before their youngest was born - she was the first new baby in the church! Cindy now oversees the Women's Ministry and the Bookstore at Grace. She loves babies and children's books, and when the weather is nice, she loves to pull weeds!
ADELIA CAMPOS - Worship Coordinator
Adelia has attended Grace Church since 2008 and became involved in ministry beginning in 2016 when she joined the youth worship team. Throughout the years she served in the nursery, on the student leadership council, and the youth worship team, seeking where The Lord wanted her to use her gift. She felt called specifically to worship ministry and has been the youth worship leader since 2018. Adelia became more involved on the main worship team in May 2020 and feels honored to now step into the role of coordinating and leading Grace’s worship. In her spare time, Adelia loves spending time with Jesus, playing music, baking, being in nature, and caring for her plants and animals.
MELISSA CAMPOS - Children's Ministry Coordinator
Discipling the hearts of children in the Treehouse Kids Ministry is a gift God called Melissa to in early 2014. Over the years, she has taught or helped with every age group, washed toys, written lessons, led kids’ worship, prepared curriculum, and helped with teacher training. Melissa is honored to serve on the Women’s Ministry Team and to now be coordinating Treehouse Kids with Jennifer Simpson. Their heart for the kids, parents, and volunteers is to know God and make Him known (John 17:3, 18).
She has been married to her loving husband for 22 years and has 4 children. She earned an Associate’s Degree and worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant until God directed her to homeschool their children 18 years ago. Outside of church, Melissa enjoys reading historical fiction, napping through football games, and organizing just about anything.
JENNIFER SIMPSON - Children's Ministry Coordinator
Jennifer has attended Grace Church since 2000. She began serving in the children’s ministry in 2005 with numerous roles such as co-teacher, teacher, director’s assistant, and leading the registration team. She enjoys the work God has her doing and feels it is a privilege to serve the Lord in the children’s ministry along with Melissa Campos and all the wonderful volunteers. Her desire is that each child will come to know the amazing love of God. Jennifer married her high school sweetheart, KC in July 2001 and has two daughters whom she homeschools.
DOUG S. GEHM - Biblical Counselor
Doug has been on staff at Grace since October 2007. His main focus in ministry is providing Biblical Counsel to those searching or in need. He also functions in other pastoral roles here at Grace as needed. Doug is a retired policeman of 25 years from the Denver Police Department. He also served with Exchanged Life Ministries for 3 years. He is married to Cheryl Gehm and they have 4 children. He thoroughly enjoys reading.
JODIE ZICKER - Biblical Counselor
Jodie Zicker, M.A., currently serves part-time on staff at Grace Church as a Biblical Counselor and is a certified Biblical Counselor for Healing Hearts International. Jodie has been married to the love of her life, Michael, for over 20 years. They have four amazing children--Jessica, Madison, Matthew, and Jason.
MARY VENABLE - Pastoral Assistant
Mary has been on staff at Grace since July 2005. She currently serves part-time as a Pastoral Assistant and also helps manage the Bookstore. She asked Jesus into her heart at age 5. After growing up in Colorado, she attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in California and England, graduating in 2004. Soon after, she moved to Amarillo to work as an intern at Grace, where she met and married her husband David Venable in 2007. They have two children, Brayden & Mya, who bring them so much joy. She loves spending time with family and friends and feels immensely blessed to be part of our church and staff.
LAUREN WARDEN – Administrative Assistant
Lauren has been involved with Grace Church since 2019 where she has served as a volunteer in the Treehouse Children's ministry. Lauren has her Associate's Degree in Fine Art and she is currently attending Calvary Chapel University to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies with a focus on Biblical Counseling. Lauren has the privilege to be married to her wonderful husband, Shane Warden, who also serves with her on the Grace Church staff where both use their artistic giftings to serve the Lord.
CHANCE SMITH – Operations Manager
Chance has been a part of the team at Grace Church since 2012 and, as our Operations Manager, oversees various functions and needs of ministry here. He manages HR needs and our facilities staff, coordinates building projects, events, and weekly functions, and works closely with the entire staff as a steward of the property and resources that God has blessed Grace Church with. Chance and his wife Amee have been happily married since 2008 and have been blessed with a beautiful family. He enjoys spending time with family and working with his hands.
LINDA GRIGGS - Financial Assistant
Linda retired from full-time employment in 2016 and started working at Grace in April 2017 on a part-time basis. She is married to Cary and has one daughter, Amy. Linda enjoys traveling and quilting.
JOYCE WORD - Custodian
Since 2017, Joyce has been a custodian for Grace Church. Over the last couple of years, Joyce has found great joy in keeping the church a tidy and inviting environment for people to have fellowship, hear the Gospel, and praise God! Joyce has been blessed with a wonderful family and grandchildren. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys going for walks, gardening, and reading.
CHRISTY PORTER - Custodian
Christy has been on staff at Grace Church as a custodian since the beginning of 2019. She takes pride in keeping the church a clean place where people can come to worship and receive God's word. Christy has an A.S. degree in Health Science, is happily married, and is blessed with a wonderful daughter. In her spare time, Christy enjoys creating art, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
TODD ROLLISON – Communications Director
Todd has been on staff since 2008. As Communications Director He oversees all of Grace Church's multimedia. He maintains websites, social media, and mobile apps. He is involved in the creation of many of the print and visual media used by all of Grace Church's ministries. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising from West Texas A&M University. He also has a master's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Todd is married to Mandy and has two children. He enjoys computers, movies, and just hanging out with his family.
CJ HAYNES - Communications Assistant
CJ carries a heart for discipleship and has a desire to see people know why they believe what they believe. He serves alongside the creative team. For fun, CJ enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and making people smile.
SHANE WARDEN - Creative Tech
Shane is a creative visionary with a love for design and marketing. He found interest in art and technology at a young age and started pursuing Graphic Design at the age of sixteen. He went to Amarillo College where he majored in Graphic Design and was a member of the honor society. In 2016 Shane met his best friend and wife Lauren Warden at a local coffee shop, the two were married in 2020 and work together on the creative team. Shane and Lauren have 2 cats: Klaus and Ruth who also bring joy to their lives. Shane has a love for Christ and the Church body as a whole and has a desire and vision to share the gospel through means of art and technology. Shane’s interests include film, music, collecting comics and toys, video games, playing guitar, and most importantly sharing time with his wife, the love of his life.
RICKY QUILODRAN - Facilities Manager
Ricardo had been serving at Grace Church for 5 years. He was born and raised in Amarillo and has graduated from Universal Technical Institute. His hobbies include collecting and modifying 1/64 scale cars like "Hot Wheels", drawing, and singing for fun. He maintains the Facility, also volunteers in the youth ministry
EDUARDO RUIZ - Spanish Study
Eduardo Ruiz ha estado sirviendo desde Octubre 2017 en la Iglesia Grace Amarillo. Graduado de la escuela de ministerio de Calvary Chapel de Costa Mesa California en 2012, también estudio la Biblia y Teología sistemática en el Instituto de Expositores (Idex) del 2015-2017. El nombre de su esposa es Elizabeth, ella también graduado de la Escuela de Ministerio de Calvary Chapel en Costa Mesa, California en 2016. Sobre los años ellos experimentaron juntos la gracia y misericordia de Dios. Ellos tienen dos hijas, dos hijos y siete nietos.
Eduardo Ruiz has been serving Grace Church Amarillo since October 2017, at the Spanish service. He is graduated from Calvary Chapel School of ministry in 2012 in Costa Mesa California. He also studied Bible and Theology at Idex (Instituto de Expositores) from 2015-2017. He is married to Elizabeth, and she also graduated from the School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 2016. Over the years they have experienced grace, mercy, and faithfulness from God. we have two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.