Derek's main job is communicating in the Sunday worship gathering, leadership development, and casting vision. He utilizes his gift to preach by speaking at various church conferences, leadership events, and other speaking engagements.
He is married to his best friend Ashley and they have four children: Hannah, Mason, Ava, and Landon. Ashley serves alongside Derek in many different vision initiatives at newgrace and helps coordinate Dinners for Ten.
Derek and Ashley launched newgrace because they believed God called them to start a church that embodied everything they needed: new grace. Their personal story speaks to many people who feel as though hope is gone, dreams are lost and life is over, but find that God, in all His grace, is never done working in their lives. "We have many failures and shortcomings in our past but we know that we are living proof that God can do anything with anybody that has done anything."
Derek loves to cook and thoroughly enjoys finding new places to eat.
Jeff's main job is overseeing the day to day operations of the church and leading groups and teams.
He is married to Heather and has a son named Jaxon. Jeff is passionate about reaching people with the gospel through practical teaching and preaching with an emphasis on boundless grace and love that comes through knowing Jesus Christ.
Jeff didn't grow up in or around the church and had little exposure to religion outside of attending a few services here and there with friends and other family members occasionally. He accepted Christ at the age of 22 in late 2001, he surrendered to the call to preach in 2005 and has served in various positions and roles since. Jeff is passionate about reaching the next generation with the gospel through practical teaching and preaching with an emphasis on boundless grace and love that comes through knowing Jesus Christ.
"True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of your self less." C.S. Lewis
Jeff's favorite movie is The Waterboy and he enjoys hiking.
Nikki’s role at newgrace is creating an inviting learning atmosphere in the children’s worship environment and partnering with parents to help them disciple their children at home. She uses her love for children and God to inspire others to teach the next generation of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice for them.
She is married to her soul mate, Richard and they have two wonderful kids, Drake and Abby. They serve together in the church as a family.
As a child, Nikki grew up in a home that did not attend church but was blessed by an aunt who made sure that she got to go church and learn about God’s love for her. As she grew older, she pursued God, going to any church that would send a church van to pick her up. At thirteen, she heeded her Savior’s call and accepted His salvation. Her path was not straight, but she never strayed too far away from God. In 2014, she was invited to a church called newgrace at a movie theater. There she found true healing and her calling, and she has continued to serve at this church ever since.
Nikki’s favorite food is pizza and Mexican.
JJ leads worship at all gatherings and special events. He also manages the growth, health, and development of the Worship Team.
JJ is married to his best friend Kayla and they have a son Grady and daughter Tilly who are part of their testimony of the awesome power of God.
God's grace was bestowed upon JJ from birth with the musical gifts He gave. Music has been a vital part of his life from day one. It has been the one thing that kept him close to God even when all hope seemed lost. Restoration, miracles, and supernatural events are evidence in his family that God's power and grace is amazing!!
JJ loves working with and raising animals. He is a cowboy at heart.
Jo's main job is creating environments, social media, helping people take their next step, and providing leadership and administrative support.
She is married to Robby and loves what they are able to accomplish by putting their gifts together.
Growing up Jo was blessed with grandparents who modeled and lived their faith. At eight years old she came to understand her sinful condition and need for a Savior. Difficulty and life circumstances caused her to question God and the existence of pain and hardship in the world through her teen years. Called to ministry in high school, she tried to pursue her own career path but had no success. After attending college and seminary she served at Southpointe Baptist Fellowship in Leesburg, Florida for seven and a half years. Moving to Pendergrass, GA after her marriage, she has been part of this church since November 2014.
Jo enjoys coffee, reading, and great sci-fi (LOST, X-Files, Star Wars, Star Trek). In her spare time she likes to cross stitch, knit, crochet, and sew.
Taylor coordinates all aspects of the student ministry and communicates on Wednesday nights. She leads the student volunteer team and the student leadership team. Taylor has a passion for seeing students realize their gifts and talents and use them for the kingdom and helping them walk closely with Christ through middle and high school and beyond.
Taylor met her husband Brett in college while studying in the library. He serves in production at newgrace.
Taylor came to know the saving power of grace at the age of 13 at a vacation bible school event. She joined newgrace in 2013 as a 15 year old student. Now, she finds purpose and joy in pouring back into the ministry that poured into her and encouraging students to learn more about who God is and who they are in Christ.
Taylor loves hiking, writing, pottery, and cooking/baking- especially when she can cook for/host people she loves!