John and Beth Barnes help with Pastoral Care and Senior Adults ministries at House of Grace. The church was pleased to extend a “welcome home” greeting to the Barnes when they arrived in 2015. House of Grace, formerly known as First Assembly, was home for John and Beth in the early 70’s during the first few years of their marriage. They left to pastor a nearby church and then returned to First Assembly as Youth Pastors for one year before leaving again to serve other churches of Tennessee as pastor and youth pastor for approximately 35 years.
John is also a Licensed Clinical Chaplain and has used his training in the healthcare industry to help families and individuals cope with life-changing situations that come with declining health.
John and Beth have two grown children and two grandchildren. They both enjoy golf, travel, and time with family.
Ron and Debbie Bush came to House of Grace in 1999 to help with the administrative aspects of our ministry. Before coming to us, Ron served as associate pastor in Iowa and pastor in Tennessee.
Debbie has taught kindergarten in the Tennessee public school system since 1988.
Ron and Debbie met and were married while at Evangel University. They have two grown children, David and Michelle. The entire family has a strong commitment to home and foreign missions, and all have participated in numerous missions trips and projects.
The Bushes also work with young boys in the Royal Rangers program in our local church and on the Tennessee Royal Ranger District staff. Much of their time is spent traveling across the state as they lead and attend various Royal Ranger events.
Alaina and Zack McCullough are a young couple with a heart for serving and helping in the church wherever and whenever needed. Both Zack and Alaina grew up in this church and humbly consider it a great honor to now serve in positions of responsibility and leadership.
Alaina, who has earned her licensed credentials through the Tennessee School of Ministry, became our Children’s Church Pastor in 2016 after serving as assistant for a few years. Zack serves as deacon, teaches the youth Sunday School class, and also has served on the worship team as lead pianist for a number of years.
Scott Smith and Sheila Gross-Smith enjoy the different hats they wear at House of Grace. As our Young Adults Pastors, they lead weekly Bible study and fellowship on Wednesday evenings. In the “tower of power,” they serve as our Sound/Media techs on Sunday mornings. Once each month, they also lead a Marriage Mentoring Group.
Prior to joining House of Grace, Sheila was on staff at another church where she and Scott served as Care Group Ministers and taught a Premarital Class.
Scott, Sheila, and their daughter, Kenna, are all working toward their pastoral credentials through the Tennessee School of Ministry. Their son, Tyler, is serving in the U. S. Air Force.
The family enjoys the beach, cruises, spoiling the dogs, Ziggy and Aisley, and visiting Tyler at the military base.
Todd and Sherri Alexander were elected as Pastors of House of Grace in February 2012 after having served as our Interim Pastors since August 2011. Involved in full-time ministry for more than 20 years, they have served as Youth Pastors in west TN and as Senior Pastors in Mountain City, TN and Savannah, TN.
Pastor Todd and Sherri have two grown children: Matt who lives in Savannah with his family, and Kristen who serves with her husband Drew Moorehead as family pastors in Sweetwater, TN.
When not working at the church, the Alexanders enjoy traveling, boating, golf, and entertaining at their home, serving up Pastor Todd's famous BBQ ribs.
House of Grace Assembly of God
600 Lock Four Rd., Gallatin, TN 37066