our team

Pastors & Staff

Tim Brown

Lead Pastor

Originally from Richlands, VA and a graduate of Liberty University, Tim has been the Pastor at Gracewood Community Church since it was founded in September 2008. He married his high school sweetheart Maegan in 2008, adopted two children, Kellsie and Charlie in February 2012, and welcomed a second daughter Andie, June 2015 and a third daughter Evie, December 2017. Tim is passionate about the work God is doing in Lebanon and seeing God's people grow to love God and share that love with others through disciple making.

Justin Blankenship

Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor

Justin, his wife Bekah, and their boys have been a part of Gracewood Community Church since September 2016. They met at ministry school in Texas, Bekah’s home state, in 1998, and got married in 2001. Justin has traveled on short-term missions to Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and to several other Middle Eastern countries. Bekah has spent time in Mexico and Africa on short-term missions. They lived in Texas for 15 years, serving in the local church there as worship leaders and youth volunteers. After relocating to Virginia in 2016, they quickly became involved in the local church serving in worship, international missions, and youth ministry. Justin has a passion for seeing people use their gifts and talents for the Kingdom of God and for helping the church thrive in its mission. He is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Gracewood and in the surrounding community.

Tyler Vencill

Worship Pastor

Tyler, his wife Abby, and their daughter Lottie have been part of the Gracewood family since early 2011. A graduate of Lebanon High (2003) and Virginia Tech (2008), he has a passion for praising God through worship and desires to see God work through Gracewood to impact the community.

Samantha Hess

Children's Director

A graduate of Lebanon High School, Samantha married her high school sweetheart Jon and now has three handsome sons; Brennan, Kannan and Roman. She graduated from King University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and is passionate about teaching children, showing them God’s love and helping them build a strong foundation in Christ. Samantha is excited about the work God is doing in Gracewood and the community.

Maegan Brown

Communications Director

A graduate of Richlands High School, Maegan has always had a passion for God, family, and people. After attending Liberty University and obtaining her Bachelor's in Nursing, Maegan married her best friend Timmy and began work as a nurse. During her career of educating student nurses, she realized her passion for teaching others about Christ (especially her children Kellsie, Charlie, Andie and Evie) and is committed to seeing others develop their relationship with Him so they can also invest in others.

Kathryn Easton

Administrative Assistant

Originally from Charleston, WV, Kathryn received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Virginia. While in Charlottesville, she met and married her best friend, Brian, and they now have three almost grown children (Mary, John, and Hannah). They moved to Lebanon, VA, in June 2000 and have continued to be part of missions and ministry opportunities here and abroad. Kathryn is eager to use her experience in and passion for ministry, her love of working with people, and her administrative and organizational skills at Gracewood.

Ron Adams

Financial Manager

A graduate of Lebanon High School, Ronnie met his wife Tammy while in the youth program at Lebanon Baptist Church. They have one son, Caleb.  Ronnie graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. He and his family are charter members of Gracewood Community Church as they followed Tim And Maegan from Community Heights Church.