Welcome to Grace Assembly, Lynchburg, VA.
Justin Wilson
Elder

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Justin served 9 years in the Army Infantry and served one tour in Iraq with the 1st Armored Division in Germany. After the military, he pursued Pastoral Studies in Bible College and a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. He is a husband to Lindsay and the father of twin girls. He has been a Financial Training Specialist at Liberty University since 2016. He not only has a passion to teach the word of God but desires to walk with believers as they grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He and his wife love opening their home to people in order to show Christ’s love on a practical level. He enjoys reading and discussing theology, drawing, watching a good movie, and running Tough Mudders.

Shannon Rucker
Elder

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Shannon was appointed into the Eldership in February 2003. Though he never attended Seminary, his training came in the school of personal meditation and prayer over the scriptures. The Holy Spirit deserves the glory for energizing his study of the scriptures concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. He learned the grace of submitting to older wiser Pastors in his formative days and eventually found opportunity to fill a calling to the ministry within Grace Assembly.
He enjoys counseling, administration, and watching believers grow in knowledge and zeal for Christ. He and his wife Danelle have seven children, he enjoys family time, is an avid sports fan, participates in singing and hospitality with the body of Christ.

Lou Mancari
Elder

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Lou is honored to serve as an Elder at Grace Assembly. He also is Co-Director of African Ministries and Director of Itinerary for Advancing Native Missions in Charlottesville, VA.  He is an online professor for Colorado Christian University teaching New Testament, Old Testament and Spiritual Formation.

He has helped to plant and pastor two churches in New York and Pennsylvania, authored two books, and has traveled to 14 countries and 5 continents to preach and teach. Lou and his wife Iris have four children and two grandchildren.  He loves discussing practical theology over good coffee, watching old movies and college football.

Other Leadership

Steve Packer
Deacon

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Steve was installed as a deacon in May 2010.  Steve and his wife, Robin, have six children.  The Packers moved from NE Ohio to Goode in 2004 and started attending Grace Assembly immediately.  Ask him how they found Grace Assembly sometime.  Steve gravitates to organizing roles such as church budget / finances and Sunday School scheduling.  Steve is the prime benefactor of Robin’s gift of hospitality to the body of Christ.

Gary Trittipoe
Deacon

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Gary was raised in a strong Christian home and came to faith at the age of 10. In addition to serving at Grace Assembly as a deacon he has served in various other churches as an adult teacher. Gary is employed by New Covenant Schools as the Facilities Manager. He and his wife Rebekah have been married since 1977 and have two grown sons. His hobbies include hunting and managing property for hunting.

Josh Geisler
Deacon

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Josh is the newest addition to the leadership team, being appointed as a deacon in June 2015, but has been with Grace Assembly since 2004.  He loves serving the Lord and the body of Christ, and encouraging others likewise. He enjoys reading about the attributes of God and finding ways to give to others.  He has been married to his lovely wife, Meghan, since 2006, and has three kids, Owen, Joy, and Maggie.   You will most likely find him playing with his kids, being outdoors with his family, or preparing tax returns.