Our Beliefs, Core Values, Doctrines, and Leadership
What We Believe
Thank you for taking time to read Grace Church’s “What We Believe.”
While we realize a written statement can never capture the experience of sharing life within a community of faith, our hope is that this statement will communicate the heartbeat of our church.
Our hope is that you’ll find a church family to be in relationship with as you walk on your journey of faith, and we welcome you to come experience for yourself what being a part of Grace Church means.
Simply stated, we are a group of imperfect Christ followers who love God and each other, and we seek to use our lives and resources to share the love of Christ with those around us.
First and foremost, we believe that God is love (1).
We believe that God created and wants to be in relationship with each and every one of us, but our imperfections and sin have separated us from God and placed us in a position of need. As imperfect people, we all need a savior (2).
We believe Jesus is God’s son, who willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided the only way for our relationship with God to be restored. Through His mercy, God has brought us to Himself. Our relationship with Him is based solely on His grace and love, not our works (3).
We believe God is working to make all things new, and Jesus’ life and teachings show us the way to redemption. Having placed our faith and hope in Jesus as our savior, God’s Holy Spirit is continually working to transform us into His image. None of us have arrived. We believe that the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and strive daily to live in obedience to the teachings of Christ and His word. Being a Christ follower means continually growing in our relationship with the Lord, and following the leading of His Spirit to put Christ and others before ourselves (4).
Grace Church is not a group of people who all believe exactly the same things about the Bible or its teachings. In fact, we believe that how we choose to explore areas of disagreement is more important than having all the right answers. We believe that relational and loving challenges to our concepts of God, man, and the world around us generate thought, growth, and ultimately a closer walk with the Lord.
We see in scripture that we are not all intended to relate to God or one another in the same way, and we treasure a diversity of opinions in our unified community. We are a group of people who find ourselves caught up in the same story with Jesus at the center. Jesus taught us to love God above all else and love our neighbors without exception.
We welcome anyone who believes in or is seeking to know more about Jesus to partner with us as we join in God’s work of bringing healing and restoration to the world.
We are a people centered on:
Following Jesus should be an adventure.
Knowing that our future is secure and satisfied by God.
Using our influence and the power of the Holy Spirit to change the world.
Having honest, tactful conversations and relationships. Seeking constructive feedback.
Experiencing God’s love and showing it to our neighbors.
Asking, trusting and relying on God to do what only He can do.
Justin Ross currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Grace Church. He was appointed Lead Pastor by the Elders of Grace Church on September 12, 2010. Previously he served as the Administrative Pastor. He’s been on staff at Grace Church since 2000. He has served pretty much everywhere in the church. At different times he led the college ministry, the children’s ministry, small group ministries, and oversaw administration. Justin is originally from Durango, Colorado. He received a B.S. in missions & theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. At the age of 13 Justin confessed his sins and put his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Justin is very happily married to Trisha Ross and they have four wonderful boys, Rylan, Isaac, Cody and Caden
Keith quit a soul-sucking journalism job in Texas and started a months-long journey out West to seek what big newspaper job God might want him in next. But God changed his heart along the way, and He led Keith to the tiny Durango Herald in the small town of Durango, where he could spend less time overworking and more time focusing on his walk with the Lord. Keith quickly found Grace Church and dove in deep to serving here, from cleaning and mowing to helping with the mid-week college ministry and the music.
Long story short, God called Keith into ministry, he met his wife Rachelle here at the church, and he joined the full-time staff in 2005. He loves spending time with Rachelle and their three kids, and he is passionate about all things music.
Ministry Development Pastor
Interim Children's Pastor
Justin & Trisha Ross
About Justin & Trisha
Justin Ross currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Grace Church. He was appointed Lead Pastor by the Elders of Grace Church on September 12, 2010. Previously he served as the Administrative Pastor. He’s been on staff at Grace Church since 2000. He has served pretty much everywhere in the church. At different times he led the college ministry, the children’s ministry, small group ministries, and oversaw administration. Justin is originally from Durango, Colorado. He received a B.S. in missions & theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. At the age of 13 Justin confessed his sins and put his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Justin is very happily married to Trisha Ross and they have four wonderful boys, Rylan, Isaac, Cody and Caden.
Kyle & Tami Hanson
About Kyle & Tami
Kyle and tami Hanson met and married in 2003 while living in Evansville, IN. Their first daughter, Amiah, was born in 2005 and their second, Sadie, followed in 2008. Arriving in town knowing no one but each other, the Hanson family moved to Durango in 2012. It didn’t take long for God to guide the Hansons to Grace Church, where fast friendships started to form. In the way only god can, He lined up many Hanson family gifts and talents with the movement of the Holy Spirit at Grace. Through time, visions have grown and strategies have been born as the Hansons continue to watch God add to and use the people of Grace Church for His glory.
Tami leads the S.H.A.P.E. ministry while Kyle leads the Strategy Team. Amiah can be seen occasionally playing electric guitar for the worship team, and Sadie is never far from a microphone as she pursues music and drama. Kyle and Tami are humbled to serve as elders at Grace Church
Joe & Melanie Milburn
About Joe & Melanie
Joe and Melanie moved to Durango shortly after they were married and quickly fell in love with the friendly people and the gorgeous mountains. Joe is a retired Forest Service employee and Melanie is the Director/Lead Teacher of a local preschool. Melanie is also a singer, song writer and author. She has written four children’s picture books. They have served at Grace for over 10 years as Small Group Leaders and greeters. Joe also enjoys officiating football games, and when Melanie is not teaching she enjoys sharing her books and music at kid’s concerts throughout Colorado.
Travis & Brooke Mooney
About Travis & Brooke
Travis and Brooke are Colorado natives and have two sons, Zion and Eli. Their family has lived in Durango and been a part of the Grace Church family for 14 years. Over the years, they have served as small group leaders, children’s directors, mission trip coordinators, and special event planners. Their main passions are for small groups, building strong personal relationships within the body, and missions. They also enjoy all the outdoor activities that Durango has to offer; mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and camping. Above all else, their main love is Jesus Christ and His redeeming love.