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  • Dr. Benjamin Graham

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Graham grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but got to the South as soon as possible. He's a UGA grad with a degree in Finance. He earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary, and received a Doctorate of Educational Ministry in Leadership & Relational Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked in a variety of ministries over the years and is thrilled to have found home at Grace. He and Judith have been married since 2004 and thoroughly enjoy loving their foster child.


  • Matt Pollock

    Academy Headmaster

    A 1985 graduate of Baptist Bible College, Matt served full-time on its campus from 1992-2013. He held a wide variety of positions, including Financial Counselor, Dean of Men, Director of Student Activities, Women’s Basketball Coach, and most recently as Dean of Students. Matt and his wife, Rosemary, have four daughters and two grandchildren.


  • Fred Holcombe

    Gather/Worship Pastor

    Fred’s ministry experience actually began at the age of 13, when he led the music in his dad’s church. During college he traveled back to his dad’s church on the weekends to lead worship. He graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1985 with a BA in Sacred Music, with a Proficiency in Voice. Fred and his wife, Tina, served on staff at Stone Mountain Baptist Tabernacle for 8 1/2 years before coming to Grace in 1994. Fred and Tina have three children: Scott (wife Chelsea), Janna (husband Dan) and Luke.


  • Mike Swanson

    Go/Executive Pastor

    Mike received a B.S. in Organizational Management and has worked locally for Chattem, Inc. and McKee Foods. In 1997, God directed his family to full-time missions. They joined the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) and served in Hungary until 2009, when they returned to serve on staff at Grace. Mike is married to Joan and they have three sons: Alan, Jonathan (Nicole), and TJ.


  • Kelly O'Rear

    Grow/Family Pastor

    After graduating from UTC in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, Kelly taught in public school for a year before joining New Tribes Mission to teach missionaries’ kids (MKs) located in the jungles of Venezuela. He received further missionary and cross cultural training through New Tribes Missions Institute. God opened the door for him to teach at New Tribes Bible Institute for 6 years to both work with MKs and train aspiring missionaries theologically for tribal work. In the fall of 2001, the Lord made it clear that Kelly was facing another transition, this time in ministry on secular campuses to college students who were seeking to live out their faith in a sometimes hostile environment. He served on a church staff in Chattanooga for seven years as a College Pastor, teaching and discipling students. He has taught Bible at Grace Baptist Academy since 2010, and has been on staff at our church since 2012. 


  • David Prairie

    Youth Pastor

    David is a native of Chattanooga and has been married to Brandi since August 5, 2006. They have two sons, Judah and Asher, and two daughters, Evalyn and Victoria. David graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 2006 with a degree in Youth Ministries. He later received a Master of Divinity from Temple Baptist Seminary in 2009. David taught Bible in the middle school at Grace Academy for several years, and also served as the church’s Junior High director before becoming Youth Pastor.


  • Katlyn Pollock

    Children's Ministry Director

    Katlyn was born in Lancaster, California. Most of her life was spent in Clarks Summit, Penn., where she was able to get involved with her church by doing a variety of children's ministries and starting up a children's music program. In 2013, she graduated from Summit University, with a degree in specialized ministries and an emphasis in elementary education and missions. After her graduation she moved to Chattanooga, where she began teaching preschool at the Grace Children's Center. At the beginning of 2015, she had the opportunity to live out her dreams and go to the mission field for a three-month trip to Kenya, where she got to love on orphans and help organize their home. She loves to work with children's ministry and is excited about growing this program.


  • Kamilla Boerema

    Women's Ministry Director

    Kamilla was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was raised in a pastor's home. In 1981, she graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible. In 1985, she earned a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kamilla is married to Dan, and they have been members of Grace since 1978. They have three married children, Mandy (Houts), Paul and Tim, plus five precious grandchildren. Kamilla became involved in the Women's Ministry in 2009 and now considers it a honor and privilege to serve as Director of Women's Ministries.  


  • Pam Dratnol

    Office Manager

    Pam, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of seven children. She is married to John, a native of Chicago. They were married in 1980 and have two grown children. Joe and his wife, Melissa, live in the Atlanta area, and Katie and her husband, Jeremy, live in Halls, Tenn. Pam is also the proud grandmother of four--soon to be five! Pam's job description is quite diverse. While she keeps up with the day-to-day activities and responsibilities of the church office, it is the abnormal tasks that most appeal to her. She says, "You never know what your day will hold and how you might handle any given situation. Most days are very good and quite rewarding!"


  • Sara Wexler

    Communications Specialist

    Sara assists Pam with a variety of administrative duties in the church office. With more than 10 years of experience in journalism, writing and editing, she particularly enjoys working with the church’s communication avenues, including the bulletin, newsletter, website and Facebook page.