Chris Watson, formerly of Macon, GA is the Lead Pastor of GracePointe Church. Chris is a graduate of Mercer University. He and his wife Trish, are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary. They have three sons, Caleb, Connor and Cameron. Chris spent 15 years in youth ministry serving churches in Alabama and Georgia and leading in several parachurch organizations before coming to GracePointe. He is a speaker and author. Chris and Trish desire to glorify Christ in all things.
Blake Gosnell has served as the Worship Pastor of GracePointe Church since March of 2005. Originally from Decatur, Alabama, Blake has enjoyed leading worship, songwriting, and performing music in a variety of different ministries since he was very young. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002 with a B.S in Recording Industry. He has a passion for seeing people worship as a response to who God is and to all He has done for us through Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Jessica, have been married since 2006 and they have one son, Josiah. and one daughter, Jordan.
Archie Rish, a native of Coffee County serves as discipleship pastor at GPC. Archie joined our staff in April 2014. He and his wife Carla have two boys, Brody & Nate. They have served the local Church together for the past 12 years. His love for the family sets the stage for programs designed to equip families to lead for change. The Rish Family enjoys hanging out with family and friends; as well as volunteering with community non-profit organizations.
Pastor To Students
Chris Sheffield began serving as our Pastor to Students in August of 2017. Chris has served in ministry for over 7 years as a student pastor and campus pastor. He is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College with a degree in Christian Studies. Chris and his wife Courtney were married in 2006 and they have four beautiful daughters Everly, Isla, Willa and Rowan. Chris has a passion to see students transformed by the Gospel, empowered by the Spirit, and encouraged to love their community.
Lavada is the wife of Shawn, and mom to Cody & Hannah. Lavada and her family initially came to GracePointe in 2011. She has volunteered and served in several capacities in the church over the years. Although she and her family relocated for a few short years, they have recently returned to Douglas, and GracePointe, where Lavada serves on staff as Administrative Assistant. She enjoys working alongside the GracePointe staff daily, where her hours are spent not only assisting the other staff by ensuring things run smoothly but also, serving others in the church and community. One goal that she sets every day is to clear the path for the pastoral staff which allows them to serve Christ and His Church in their respective ministries with fewer obstacles. She believes a team approach to ministry, ‘the locking of arms’, is the best way to make a difference in the world and make God look good. Lavada enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, sewing, outdoor activities, and coffee!
Jordan began serving as our Reach Director in August of 2018. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a degree in public relations and minor in religion, Jordan stepped into a year-long internship role at Passion City Church in Atlanta where she worked with sixstepsrecords, END IT Movement, and Passion Conferences. In May of 2018, she felt the Lord call her to move to Douglas where she has served for 9 years with Camp One Fifty-One. Jordan’s role at GracePointe allows her to tell the story of our church through social media as well as make a place for the people of Coffee County through outreach and women’s ministries. Jordan loves to celebrate others and is incredibly grateful to serve alongside such a wonderful staff and church body. If you ask her for proof of God’s faithfulness, she’ll cite the fact that a coffee shop moved to Douglas at the same time she did.
Clay a native Texan, joined the pastoral staff in April 2018, as Recovery Pastor. The Rohde family began attending Gracepointe in 2013. He and his wife DeShawna of 25 years, graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. They have served in ministry together for 15 years prior to Gracepointe; serving churches in Texas, Florida, & Georgia. Clay has lead ministries as; associate pastor, youth pastor, children pastor, & media pastor. Clay and DeShawna have an adult son, Landon, and two teenagers, Kiley and Carson. Clay’s desire is to see people live their lives in freedom, from their hurts, hang-ups & habits, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.