Grace Church voted September 20 to extend the invitation to Eric Townsend to become our Associate Pastor.  Eric and Lura moved to St. Paul in June and have been volunteering here at Grace in various capacities since moving here.  Welcome, Eric and Lura!!!

Eric Townsend, graduated from Grace University in Omaha, NE.  He holds degrees in Bible and Youth Ministries as well as Masters in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Counseling.   He served in the US Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division where he became disabled during a training accident.  He has served many years as a Local Service Officer with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and member of the American Legion serving other veterans.  In addition he has over 10 years of experience working with youth and families employed by several NPOs and other social service organizations.  Eric enjoys most outdoor activities, reading, eating at Chick-fil-A and watching sports & movies.  Eric and Lura have been married for over 4 years and have had the great blessing of traveling to many countries and experiencing many different cultures and people.