Adam Love, Senior Pastor

Adam Love’s tenure at Grace began after 23 years of ministry. He attended Northland Baptist Bible College and began ministry right after graduation. He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of four boys. The Loves have served in churches in Virginia, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin before coming back south to Chattanooga. It is Adam’s desire that through the church loving one another as Christ loved us, the world will see Christ more clearly. 


Matt Pollock, Head of School

Matt joined our ministry in 2013 to lead the Academy. He graduated from Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Secondary Education and later earned a Master’s degree in Counseling. He is currently completing another graduate degree in Educational Administration. After teaching, coaching, and administrating in two Christian schools, Matt returned to work at his alma mater, CSU. He held a variety of positions from 1992-2013, including Financial Counselor, Dean of Men, Director of Student Activities, and finally as Dean of Students. He also helped to lead the university’s unique Teen Leadership Conference each summer from 1986 to 2008. Matt and his wife, Rosemary, have four adult daughters all serving at Grace and four adorable grandchildren.


Mike Swanson, 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.


Fred Holcombe, 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, daughter Ava), Janna (husband Dan) and Luke.


Kelly O'Rear, Discipleship 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. 


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 and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David taught Bible at Grace Academy for several years, and also served as the church’s Junior High director before becoming Youth Pastor. He and his family are pre-field missionaries with ABWE and hope to be on the field in Moldova later this year.


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. 


Aaron Arnold, Elementary Director

Aaron has attended Grace Baptist his entire life and is a graduate of the Children's Ministry that he now oversees! After high school, he was very active in teaching and leading small groups in various capacities at GBC, including Children's Ministry, AWANA, VBS, and Youth Group. Aaron earned his B.S. in Elementary Education in 2018 and holds a teaching license in Tennessee. He previously served as our College Intern, and is now the Elementary Director of our Lighthouse Kids program.


Jennifer Greve, Nursery & Preschool Director

Jennifer was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She met her husband, Nathan, while attending Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, and they were married after graduation in 2011. They have been blessed with three children: Caiden, Audrina and Adelaide.

Jenn has worked in children’s ministries since she was old enough to be a helper. She grew up watching her mom serve as the Children’s Director and was always excited to help in the nursery when she could. She and Nathan were youth leaders for 5 years before they moved to Chattanooga in 2014. At Grace, Jennifer began helping in Puggles and later became a Sunday nursery worker, eventually becoming the Nursery Coordinator. She and her husband also lead the College Sunday school class and enjoy having students over during the week for fellowship.


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 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!"


Sara Wexler, Communications Specialist

Sara was raised in Upper-East Tennessee before coming to Chattanooga to attend UTC. With a BA in Communications and a minor in English/Writing, she worked in journalism and advertising before coming to Grace. Sara designs and publishes the bulletin and other print material, updates the website and social media, and creates many of the videos, PowerPoints and signage around the church.