Grace Life Church functions as a Jesus-led, Elder-guided, and Congregation affirmed church. As shepherds and overseers of a local church, Elders are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping and caring for the corporate church body and her individual members.
Our Pastor Elders
Pastor Matt is the founding Pastor of Grace Life Church. He grew up in Middleburg, Florida and as a teenager, he placed his faith in Jesus. Matt completed his Master’s of Divinity at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. It was there Matt fell in love with the Gospel and the grace of God. He enjoys reading and working around the house, he is an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Jacksonville Jaguars, and is not afraid of learning a new board game. His greatest joy is getting to spend time with his wife and kids. Matt and Julie were married in 2007.
Pastor Ben has served as an Elder of Grace Life Church since 2018. In 2009, God moved him out of Michigan to Florida to pursue life in the wilds of the south. It was on that flight to a new place where he finally placed his faith in Jesus. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Music Education, and completed his Masters of Arts in Bible at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville. A collaborative pianist and music director, you can find him performing in various theaters and venues throughout the First Coast.