Lead Pastor

Stephen Deese

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Pastor Stephen and Brittney Deese were married in October 2009 and have a sweet dog named Addie.  They officialy joined Grace Church in February 2021.  Pastor Stephen is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University (class of 2002) with a Bachelor Degree in Religion.  He has served the Church of the Nazarene as Youth & Worship Pastor in Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee.  In 2008 Pastor Stephen felt Jesus calling him into the Lead Pastor Position and has served the Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee, Mississippi, & Indiana.

Brittney is a graduate of Roanoke College (class of 2004) with a Bachelors Degree is Sociology.  She has worked for the State of TN for many years in DHS and currently works for the Division of TennCare.  Brittney has the gift of hospitality, is an amazing cook and baker, and loves craft projects.

Pastor Stephen and Brittney have a love for Jesus and want to see lives changed and spiritual walks strengthened!  They love to do life together with those in the church and community, and can usually be found around town at a local coffee shop or at one of the many amazing restraunts in the area (they are foodies).

They look forward to connecting with the Grace Naz family and doing life together!


Pastor Emeritus

Jerry Hanson

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Rev. Jerry and Pat Hanson served as pastor from 1992-2008, the longest tenure of any pastor in the history of Grace Church!  He is a man of God who loves people and has a gift to work with his hands.  The numerous improvement projects that he has completed over the years is too many to list!  Devoted to the Word of God, Pastor Hanson currently serves as the Friendship Class teacher and is extremely effective in this role. 

Pastor Hanson and Pat are faithful supporters of Grace Church and an invaluable asset to our ministry team!  Pat is a retired educator with Hamilton County Schools and is active in choir, Women's Bible Study, Nazarene Missions, and hospitality.  We are blessed to have this couple as an integral part of the ministry of Grace Church!