W. Ryan Steenburg, PhD, is only the second Senior Pastor of Grace Evangelical Church. Moving from Louisville, Kentucky, Ryan and his family accepted the call to come to Grace in the spring of 2015. Ryan has a heart for the family and desires to see the church set the stage and the standard for each Christian household to embrace and fulfill its role as an embassy of the kingdom of God. Ryan believes that the greatest tool we have to achieve this goal is the Word of God. As individual Christians we should seek counsel and comfort from His Word, and as the church we should receive our instruction from His Word. For this reason, Ryan believes in and practices expository preaching. In addition to preaching, Ryan also directly oversees Home Groups and Discipleship.
Ryan’s greatest joy is his wife and children. Ryan and Kristen were married in 2003 and currently have eight children: Caitlyn Rose, Wesley Ryan, Jr., Anabelle Grace, Mikayla Marie, Joshua David Rushmore, Jordan Rain, Olivia Joy, and Abigail Hope. As a family, the Steenburg’s enjoy reading books together, playing games, and taking advantage of the outdoors. In addition to Ryan’s Black Belt in Judo, he was a wrestler in high school, and lettered in NCAA Track and Field (400m, 4x400m) while at Calvin College.
Holly Phoenix has been attending Grace for the past three years. During that time, she has been working with the little ones on Wednesday nights, and helping and teaching on Sunday mornings in the Children’s Department. Holly graduated with a teaching degree from Indiana University in 2006. After teaching in the public schools for a couple of years, she made the switch to ABA therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis). She works with children with autism and other special needs in their homes and at school.
Holly is married to Adam, a long-time member of Grace. They have a two daughters, Ava and Abigail, and a son, Aiden.