our leadership team

  • Mike Bryant

    Staff, Lead Pastor, Elder

    Mike began full-time ministry in 1997 serving at two different churches in the areas of Student, Adult and Worship Ministries.  In 2007, the Lord called Mike to lead a group of thirty-five people in planting Grace Community Bible Church.  He continues to serve and lead this church as the Senior Pastor and an Elder. 

    In preparation for ministry, Mike earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University, a Master of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary and a pastoral training certificate from a Training Center for Church Planting.  Before entering vocational ministry, he worked in graphic design for five years. 

    Mike enjoys sports (& anything competitve), movies, music, good strong coffee, games (video & strategy board) as well as preaching the grace and truth of God's Word. His favorite book of the Bible is Exodus and he loves to see people grow in their faith and passion for Jesus. Mike and his wife, Cathy, have four children – Alex, Emily, Max and Miles.

  • Jon hayes

    Staff, Worship Pastor


    Jon has a heart for truth and music and how they can be used together to meet people where they're at, while pointing them to Jesus Christ. It's his desire that believers be reminded of the truth of God's Word and that those who have not come to know Christ yet would understand the Gospel and the God we worship through the music that is chosen each week. Jon and his wonderful wife and partner Aleah graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in 2017 and were wed soon after in the winter of 2018. They currently have two wonderful children, their son, Jamie and daughter, Addie, with a third on the way! They both enjoy nights in watching their favorite cop shows or a good old night out to local eateries.


    Life poses difficult questions and even more difficult circumstances, he invites you to come and worship to press into the God who will guide you step by step, transforming you more and more into His own likeness.

  • john benz

    Staff, Discipleship Pastor

    Johnny graduated from Trinity International University with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies in 2004. He then continued on to receive his MDiv. from Trinity Divinity School in 2008. He has served as a Youth Pastor in Fox Lake from 2004-2008. He has been a teacher & chaplain at Christian Liberty Academy since 2009. He has been married to Charmagne since 2013. During his down time he loves anything competitive, especially board games. 

  • Rob booth

    Staff, Youth and Children's Pastor


    Rob has a passion for seeing the hearts and minds of youth radically transformed by the Gospel. His heart is for discipling and shepherding intentional relationships with students.


    Rob earned a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministries in 2014 from Trinity International University. During his time Trinity he served as an intern at Grace Community where he fell in love with the church's heart and vision. He served as a Youth Pastor in Peotone, IL from 2014-2017. Rob loves coffee, music, design, photography, and film. But finds great joy in intentional time with friends.


    Rob and his wife Kelli were recently married in 2018 and love watching movies, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Cathy Bryant

    Staff, Director of Women's Ministry


    Cathy serves as the Director of Women's Ministry and the Welcome Ministry.

    She enjoys event planning, decorating and corralling her 4 children. She and Mike were married in 1998.

  • mEGAN THOMAS

    Staff, Assistant to the Lead Pastor


    Megan comes to us with more than 8 years of executive assistant and office manager experience. She graduated from Trinity International University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing. Megan and her husband David have been faithfully attending Grace for more than 10 years. She has served with Women's, Worship, Youth and Children's Ministries and is excited to support all the others!


    When she isn't serving on staff, she enjoys playing and watching sports - cheering for most Chicago teams (Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks and Bulls), playing board games, spending time with her family and friends and traveling to new places!


  • Doug Hook

    Elder


    Doug is an Elder of Grace Community Bible Church and he also serves as an audio tech in the Worship Ministry. He is very passionate about Student Ministry. Doug's experience began when he accepted Christ as a junior in high school, and he has been serving with Student Ministries ever since.

    Doug lives in Volo with his wife, Jen, and their son Calvin. They were married in 1991.  The few moments in between family and ministry are taken up by cycling, watching the Blackhawks and "Would You Rather Wednesdays".

  • Dave thomas

    Elder


    Dave, known as "DT" around Grace Community, serves as a member of the Elder Board, helps lead Men's Ministry and plays drums with the Worship Ministry. He has worked in finance for the majority of his career, and right now is working as a finance manager. 


    Dave and his wife Megan, have been attending Grace for over 10 years now. They live in Grayslake and love to travel and explore new places together, as well as spend time with their family and friends. He is a huge Chicago sports fan, the Bulls being the top of the list as basketball is his favorite sport.

  • Andrew VonGillern

    Elder Board Chairman


    Andrew serves as Chairman of the Elder Board and family counselor. He also oversees Small Group Ministries.


    Andrew earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Trinity International University.  Andrew and his wife Janet enjoy spending time with their four children, Mia, Troy, Naomi and Kate.

  • ken baker

    Deacon


    Ken Baker serves as a Deacon at Grace Community. He also serves on the Worship Team playing electric guitar. Ken and his wife Lisa have been married for 27 years and have two adult children Lauren, and Brad. He has spent the majority of his career working in Information Systems in various positions, and today works as a Software Delivery Manager. Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and family, hiking, fishing, attending small group bible studies, and playing guitar. 

  • Al Gilanyi

    Deacon


    Al Gilanyi serves as a Deacon and helps to co-lead Ministry to Men at Grace Community. He was born and raised in the Milwaukee, WI area where he met his wife, now married over 30 years. Together they have 4 adult children and a growing number of grandchildren. He has spent his career in the automotive industry as a Manager and Trainer. Al graduated with an A.A.S. in Professional Communications after his children graduated college. He loves to spend time with his wife visiting grandchildren and taking motorcycle rides. Al has renovated homes in his spare time and is currently enjoying woodworking as relaxation.

  • chris goetze

    Deacon


    Chris serves as a Deacon, and as a Greeter and Usher in our Welcome Ministry. He and his wife Sue live in Beach Park. They enjoy going for walks together and spending time with their grandkids. Chris enjoys riding his bicycle around town, he is an avid reader, and is a sucker for a good pun.

  • dave hatton

    Deacon Board Chairman


    Dave serves as a Deacon at Grace. He also serves as a producer in the Worship Ministry. Dave enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. His favorite place to be is in the wilderness with a nice rolling single-track trail.


    Dave is a Certified Financial Planner (R).

  • David hoyer

    Deacon


    Dave serves as a Deacon of the Church, and he also serves in Children's Ministry.

  • Ed Wanland

    Deacon


    Ed serves as a Deacon and also serves in worship ministry. His passion is to encourage others to accept Jesus Christ, study scripture, pray for others and sharing personal testimony of answered prayers. Married since 1998 to his better half Philly who serves in the Church with her artsy talent providing props and stage background for holiday events.

    Ed is a licensed real estate broker who owns and operates a real estate brokerage company in Chicago. Loves to swim, golf, fish and bike.