Grace Community Church exists to transform people into generous disciples of Jesus Christ who are sent into the world to make other generous disciples of Jesus Christ.


The Mission at Grace Community Church

We envision a movement of people who love Jesus and who are known more for their generosity and gratefulness in Christ than anything else. We want to be a part of helping the gospel transform people’s lives while helping to meet the practical needs of people in our community.

Mission Statement:

Because we love you, we say, “Yes, Lord” to all you ask.

Our Vision

Our vision is a ministry wholly dedicated to the glory of God. All ministry must be based on the firm foundation of the Holy Scriptures and empowered by the Holy Spirit, covered by the grace and forgiveness purchased by Christ for us on Calvary, and balanced between Worship, Evangelism, Nurture, and Training. We aim to be consistently stepping out in faith asking “Lord, what do You think about this?” Keeping in mind that it’s not about us, it’s about Him and them.

Our Constitution and Bylaws

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Our Pastors

Interim Pastor Sam Byroads and his wife Kay

are natives of Bryan. Sam was the Maintenance Supervisor at Aro and then the Facility Manager at Defiance Precision Products before entering ministry in 1999. Kay Byroads is the Director of Community Compassion. She has been on staff since 1999. Her job is to distribute the funds that help pay people’s rent, utilities, prescriptions, doctor visits, gasoline and car repairs.

Associate Pastor Stefanie Widney

is the Pastor to Youth & Children at the church. Her responsibilities include scheduling teachers, coordinating materials and working closely with the children and youth in our church. She also coordinates the Wednesday evening Creator’s Kids and Youth programs.

Founding Pastor Mike Kelly and his wife Donna

moved to Bryan, Ohio in 1990 where they began the Grace Community Church in 1991. Mike is a graduate of the University of Missouri and of Oral Roberts University where he has a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to entering the ministry as a second career, Mike spent fourteen years in retail management.

Our Elders

Dan and Peggy Jinkins

have been with the church almost since the beginning. They serve as our lead elder couple. Dan is a retired engineer and Peggy is a homemaker. They also run an Antique store on the square in Bryan as well.

Jeff and Mary Brandon

have lived in Williams County their entire lives and have been a part of Grace Community Church since its second week of existence. Jeff is the Technical Director and occasionally plays drums in the praise band. Mary is on the Prayer team, Children’s ministry development team, Technical team, and leads a Growth Group.

Charlene Mitschelen

has been with the church almost since its founding. She heads our mission’s team which finds and stays connected with our Missionaries that we support around the world.

Rob and Martine Zwayer

have been attending Grace since 1995. Rob is a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the State of Ohio and is a member of the Worship Team playing the bass guitar. Martine is now a homemaker and was instrumental in starting Grace’s food pantry. She currently provides meals to those in the church that have a need due to various circumstances.