/files/Photos/Benji Magness.jpg

Benji Magness, Senior Pastor
benji(at)gracebap.net

Benji came to Grace in October 2011 after having pastored churches in Texas. He is married to Heather and they have 5 children. Benji's desire in ministry is to see people bring God glory by finding their joy in Jesus Christ as their Supreme Treasure in this life (Psalm 43:4; Matthew 13:44). He is passionate about the Gospel, prayer, discipleship, and seeing the nations come to worship the Triune God. Benji earned his Masters in Theology (Th.M) in Old Testament & Pastoral Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. He desires to preach and teach so that the Word of God becomes easy to understand, hard to forget, and impossible to ignore. And he loves Starbucks Coffee.

/files/Photos/Greg_Bike.jpg

Greg Burtnett, Associate Pastor
greg(at)gracebap.net

Greg's passion in the ministry is to use the Word of God to live above reproach and help others do the same.  He graduated from the International School of Theology, a daughter organization of Campus Crusade for Christ and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot Seminary.  Greg has a passion for small groups and discipleship ministry.  He and his wife, Donna were married in 1995 and have two boys, Jaron and Nathan.
   /files/Photos/James_hip.jpg

James Barr, Youth Minister
james(at)gracebap.net

James grew up in the family of a youth pastor, spending his Jr. High & High School years in SLO and felt the call to ministry while he was a high school student.  He met his wife, Tiffany while at Biola and graduated from Biola University.  He earned his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education with an emphasis in youth ministry from Talbot Seminary.  James joined the staff at Grace Baptist in September of 1998.  James and his wife Tiffany have two sons, Nathan and Isaac and daughter Kaitlyn.  Nathan is currently involved in our youth ministries with Isaac and Kaitlyn following closely behind.  He thinks he has the coolest job in the world and is a Star Wars freak.

/files/Photos/Michelle_VBS10.jpg

Michelle Winger, Children's Ministry
michelle(at)gracebap.net

Michelle moved to Santa Maria at age twelve and attended local schools. She has been involved in children's ministry since a VBS missionary trip to Mexico at age 15.  Michelle joined our staff in August 2000 as Director of Children's Ministries.  She brings a Biola University education, graduating from Bethel Seminary, Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Children and Family Ministry as well as 31 years of serving here at Grace to her current position.  She and her husband Jim have two "Grace-grown" children.

/files/Photos/David.jpg

David Rackley, Music Director
david(at)gracebap.net

David Rackley is a native of Modesto, California, and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in Theory and Composition from San Francisco State University, where he also studied conducting. In 1971 he entered the United States Air Force Music Program as appointed Commander and Conductor of Air Force Bands, where he conducted numerous military bands in various worldwide locations. He came to Grace Baptist in October of 1999. A published composer, arranger, and professional trumpet player, David also serves on the music faculties of Brandman University, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. David and his wife Cordelia have two grown children, Michael and Tara.

/files/Photos/Chet.jpg

Chet Harter, Contemporary Music Director
harter5(at)juno.com

Chet grew up in Southern California, saturated in the "Jesus Movement", at the very time that contemporary Christian Music was born. He graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Christian Education, and from Fuller Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Ordained as a Baptist pastor in 1986, Chet spent 15 years in Youth Ministry, leading music and worship at many camps, retreats and churches including his home church and youth group. Chet, Ann (his wife of 34 years), their three daughters and his guitar came to Grace Baptist Church in 2000. We all know the rest of the story.

/files/Photos/Stef.jpg

Stefanie Hassett, Office Administrator
stefanie(at)gracebap.net

Stefanie is a California girl but longs to be a world traveler.  Her Christian roots run deep (her grandfather was the first Southern Baptist preacher in California in the 30's).  She & her husband of 25 years, Eric, along with their three children joined Grace in 1998.  In 2008 she joined our staff as an Administrative Assistant.  She has a varied background in both secular and Christian work ranging from the Kern County Tax Collector's Office, Lockheed, First United Methodist Church and Righetti High School.  She is active in the local art community, is a Board Member of the Ian M Hassett Foundation and enjoys supporting her oldest son at Special Olympic activities.

 

/files/Photos/Juno_casual.jpg

Juno Smit, Administrative Assistant
juno(at)gracebap.net

Juno was born and raised in Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa. He made Santa Maria his home in 2010 and joined Grace Baptist Church. Previously Juno served as part of our ministry staff until he was hired in 2014 as our new Administrative Assistant.  As a member of the Tech Ministry he assists with technical presentations and prepares slides for youth and adult worship services.  He is also part of our Youth Staff and the Young Adult Small Group.  In his free time, Juno is quite the golfer!

  Gary Barron, Custodian

Gary was born in San Rafael, California  but raised in Texas and New Mexico.  He moved to
Santa Maria as a teenager where he met and married his wife Elaine 48 years ago.  They 
have two children and eight grandchildren.  They spent 31 years in Arizona where Gary
worked as a truck driver before working for College View Baptist Church doing
maintenance/custodial work.  Gary came to know the Lord at the age of 33.  Gary & his
family moved back to Santa Maria in 2001 and joined Grace Baptist Church soon after.  
Gary has been an Elder at Grace and currently serves as a Deacon as well as a Sunday
School Facilitator.  Gary is our 'go-to' guy for any custodial/maintenance work here at Grace.  
He enjoys taking care of God's people and looks forward every day to what His plan is for his
life.  In his spare time he enjoys playing golf.