Chris Highfill // Lead Pastor

Chris Highfill is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a degree in church ministries. Prior to church planting, Chris worked in youth ministry for 14 years; 13 of those at the same church. Chris is also the founder of The Link Camp, a two week summer camp for middle and high school students. Under Chris's leadership, the camp grew from 80 to 800 students in four years. Chris is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in O'Fallon and the Saint Charles County Vision Leadership program. Chris met his wife Sarah while in college and they have been married since 2003. They have three children; Ella, Jack and Alle.

Contact: chris@graceriver.cc


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Jordan Herrera // Worship

Jordan's primary spiritual gifts are music and building relationships. His responsibilities at the church are leading people in worship through music and connecting people to the church through outreach and discipleship. For the past several years, Jordan has been involved leading worship at Seminole Baptist Church. While attending Baptist Bible College, Jordan met his awesome wife Kirsten. Kirsten is a stay at home mom to their daughter Layla. Kirsten has a passion for reaching people and helping them draw closer to Christ. Together they are helping Grace River Church Spread the Love of Jesus throughout the great St. Charles County and the around the world.

Contact: jordan@graceriver.cc


Wade and Abbie Givens // Kids

Wade and Abbie Givens have a passion for teaching children about the love of Christ and encouraging them to learn and treasure God’s Word, the Bible. They have been working together in children’s ministry for the past eleven years, since they became engaged and married at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Starkville, Mississippi, in 2003. Since then, they have been blessed with two precious children of their own—Lexi Grace and Drew—and have lived in four different states. The Givens family is so excited to serve their Savior by serving the children and families of Grace River Kids!

Contact: kids@graceriver.cc


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Jeremy Beavers // Visual Media

One of Jeremy's greatest assets is serving. He loves media and using it in the church to enhance the worship experience as well as connect people with the local church through graphic design, videography, and photography. Jeremy is a huge movie buff and enjoys watching football on the weekends. Go Vikings and Boomer Sooner!

Contact: jeremy@graceriver.cc