Get to know us!

  • 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, and one fantastically cute grandson, Abel.


  • 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.


  • 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 taught Bible at Grace Baptist Academy for five years, and has been on staff at our church since 2012. 


  • Miguel Perez

    Gracia de Dios Pastor

    Miguel was born in Mexico and immigrated to Chicago in June of 1967. He met his wife Lucy in front of Brach’s Candy Company in 1975 and married her in 1976. They have two beautiful daughters, one son and two precious grand kids (Ailyn Perez, Michelle Campbell, Michael Perez, Ellie and Logan Campbell). Chicago was home for the couple until Brach’s closed in 2003. Miguel was contracted by Vernell Industries to start up a new facility in Mexico and worked there until October 2006. When he returned to the US, he was sent to work for Brock in Chattanooga and began attending Grace in 2007. After several prayer letters from Hilda Keelin, they got involved with GBC's Spanish Ministry, Nueva Vida, in 2009 and continue to lead the ministry with the new name Gracia De Dios. This ministry provides a venue for the Spanish-speaking community, where they can come and worship in their native language. 


  • Dr. 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.


  • Susan Veazey

    Children's Ministry Director

    Susan is a native of Lawrenceville, Ga. She graduated with a degree in nursing from West Georgia College and for more than 20 years worked as a registered nurse in Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, and Nebraska. She has served in children's and preschool ministries for 10 years. Susan enjoys playing piano, working in her yard, and watching football. Saved and baptized when she was 11 years old, her heart’s desire is to teach children about Jesus and help them follow Him. High school sweethearts, Susan and her husband, Marc, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two grown sons. Kyle lives in northwest Georgia, and Gabriel, a Biblical Studies major at Criswell College, lives in Texas with his lovely wife, Abbey.


  • 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 adult children, Mandy (Houts), Paul and Tim, plus seven 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 five--soon to be six! 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!"