Leadership

Elders

Bert Thompson is one of the founders of The Growing Place, a thriving counseling ministry in Chico. He has served as an officer in both the army and the navy—literally in a class by himself.

 

 


Lee Adams also serves as our treasurer. Before he was an accountant, he served as a policeman in Los Angeles. If you have a situation, he can handle it.

 

 

 

 
 

Len Spesert has been a member of the Grace Brethren Church for half a century and served several decades as a deacon. He was a corporate CEO, but now devotes his time to retirement projects, and to the Gideons ministry and our church.

 

 

 

 
Matthew Raley was senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church from 1999 to 2011 before coming to Chico Grace Brethren.

Pastor Matt is a violinist, a published author, and recently completed his Ph.D. in Christianity and the Arts at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Bridget, along with their two boys, Dylan and Malcolm, enjoy hanging out at the coast, taking long walks, and watching Phineas and Ferb.


Deacons

Paul Mathers works in the accounting department of a property management firm. He is also an actor, poet, worship leader, closet Wagnerian baritone, book collector, and avid watercolor artist.

 

 

 

 


Heath Jarrett is our Director of Christian Education and recently received his MDiv from Cornerstone Seminary. Husband to Megan and father of Elias and Charlie, Heath is also an avid hiker and a prolific nature photographer.

 

 
 
 
 
Craig KearneyCraig Kearney has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He is the drummer on our worship team and the manager of Grace House.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Deaconesses

Darlene Bruce manages her own property business and farms almonds. She also loves gardening, pets, and puzzles.

 

 

 


Judy Thompson is the founding director of The Growing Place. She says she loves reading, oceans, gardening, and dirt.

 
 

 

Bridget Raley home schools her sons Dylan and Malcolm. She plays the cello and is a recovering Sudoku addict.

 

 

 

laurie-mathers-2016Laurie Mathers loves animals and books. She also draws, paints, and teaches Bible studies.

 

 

 

 
 

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Julie Miller is a stay-at-home mom to Isaac and Amelia. Her hobbies include interior design, crafting and baking.

 

 

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