Church Staff

Ian Sears- Senior PastorIan Sears thumbnail

After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1983, Pastor Sears was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served for three years. After being honorably discharged in 1986, he responded to God’s call to ministry by pursuing his M.Div. at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Sears graduated from seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1990 and has served as a Pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America for over 20 years. He and his wife Anne have five children, Callum, Connor, Andrew, Lachlan, and Emilie.

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Darren Smith- Assistant PastorDarren Smith photo

Darren is from the upstate city of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He obtained a liberal arts degree from Erskine College in Due West, SC, and then went on to obtain a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2001. Following seminary, he worked as an associate pastor for ministry to youth and families for ten years in Illinois. Darren is married to his high school sweetheart Gretchen. They have three beautiful girls who are ages 9, 7, and 3. Their journey has been unique in that all of their children are adopted. Their older girls are biological sisters from Colombia, South America, and the youngest was adopted from Illinois. Darren enjoys all things sports, cooking, traveling, and reading. He is passionate about walking alongside parents in helping their children grow in their faith and understanding of God’s love. He also enjoys enriching and deepening community among believers.

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David McKay- Worship LeaderDave McKay thumbnail

David McKay is a professor of music theory-composition, commercial music, and class piano at Belmont University and serves as an interim minister of music at Grace Presbyterian Church. He is founder and president of KPG Ministries (Kainos Praise Group), affiliated with Artists in Christian Testimony International.

Mary Lynn- Administrative AssistantMary Lynn Thumbnail

Mary Lynn has loved the opportunity to be a part of Grace Presbyterian Church for the last four years. She grew up in Nashville but spent 24 years in Charlottesville, Virginia, where her husband was a pastor and where her two daughters grew up. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked as a lower school teacher and upper school registrar.