Phil Winfield | Senior Pastor

Phil's Bio

Phil Winfield has been associated with Grace Church since 1984. For five years he served as co-Pastor to Pastor David Nelms. For 13 years he, his wife Bonnie, and his three children were sent from Grace to Lima, Peru as missionaries where they served together as church planters. Just before the events of 9/11 in 2001 Phil and Bonnie returned to Des Moines where Phil became the Sr. Pastor. Phil leads the church through the ministry of the Word of  God and prayerfully seeking the vision God has for His people. God has allowed the passion of a missionary evangelist to continue to burn in Phil's heart as he desires to see many more come to faith and more churches planted. It is his joy to continue to minister in Peru through frequent trips for evangelism and pastor training. Phil loves all things outdoors, woodworking and spending time with family.

Matt Agee | Young Adult Pastor

Matt's Bio

Matt Agee has served as Pastor of Young Adults since August of 2016. He grew up in a Christian home and believed the gospel at 10 years old. He served at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina before coming to Des Moines. He attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for undergrad and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for his Master's Degree. Matt loves teaching God's Word and discipling young adults. He also loves Alabama football, good coffee, and spending time with his family. Matt is married to Kacy and they have two children, Zeke and Hattie.

Michael Hoskinson | Worship Pastor

Michael's Bio

Michael Hoskinson joined the Grace Church staff in June 2019. He was born and raised in Canton, Ohio and graduated from Cedarville University with a double major in Worship Arts and Business Management. He and his wife, Melody, were married in May 2019. They enjoy hiking, traveling, disc golf, and exploring new places. Michael has been involved in worship ministry since his freshman year of high school and he is passionate about pointing the Church to worship God as a response to who He is.

Adult Ministries

Kirby VanNausdle | Administration Pastor

Kirby's Bio

Kirby VanNausdle is a Des Moines native and also lived in the Southwest. Upon hearing a gospel message during an Easter service, he realized he was separated from God by sin and in need of a Savior. He made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ in April 1978. Soon thereafter, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord in any role as God would lead. In February 2015, Kirby transitioned from a seasoned career in financial services to full-time ministry at Grace Church. Along with a dedicated staff, Kirby oversees the day to day operations of Grace Church as Administration Pastor through financial management, office administration and coordination of Grace’s facilities. Kirby and Pam were married in 1993 and have two grown children. Kirby enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and bird hunting.

Brien Brough | Children's Pastor

Brien's Bio

Brien Brough joined Grace staff in 2015. Brien has a passion for joining parents in pointing kids to Jesus. He was an elementary school teacher for nine years then began serving as a kids’ pastor in 2007. He and his wife, Dawn, were married in Oskaloosa, IA, in 1998. They have five children: Victoria, Braeden, Ethen, Caroline, and Annalise. As a family, they enjoy biking, camping, swimming, sledding, and playing with their dog, Oliver. Brien’s primary roles at Grace involve partnering with parents, training leaders, and teaching children. He desires for KidsTown at Grace to bring glory to God as His Word is taught to the kids.

Marty Kelly | Missions Pastor

Marty's Bio

Marty Kelly is the Worship and Missions Pastor at Grace Church. He was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina and attended Grace Baptist Church where he accepted Christ as a teenager. Upon graduation from High School, Marty moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where he attended Tennessee Temple University and the University of Tennessee. Marty and his wife, Sheila joined the ministry team at Grace Church the first time in the spring of 1997 and served for 6 years. After having moved to Florida for a few years, Marty and his family returned back to Iowa, eventually returning to Grace Church where he has served again as Worship Pastor for the past 6+ years. In the summer of 2017, Marty began serving in Missions as well as overseeing the Worship Ministry at Grace. Marty’s passion is seeing people come to know Christ and to worship Him.

Jonathan Meyer | Student Ministries Pastor

Jonathan's Bio

Jonathan Meyer was blessed to grow up right here in Des Moines, IA and at the age of five, he made a profession of faith. At age 12 he was at camp and dedicated his life to the Lord even though he had no idea where that would lead. While in Bible College at Summit University, he began to develop a love for students and a call to that age group. Upon graduation, he ended serving as an Assistant Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Oskaloosa IA for 9 years. In 2003 God called him and his wife Kim to Grace Church where he still serves in his current role as High School Pastor. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Summit University, and Master’s Degrees from Faith Baptist Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. Jonathan enjoys basketball, motorcycles, anything “outdoors” and spending time with his wife, Kim, and his family: Emilie, Isaac and Anna Grace.

Andrew Nippert | Assistant Student Pastor

Andrew's Bio

Andrew Nippert joined the Grace Pastoral Staff in March, 2019 working primarily with Middle School students in the Student Ministry. He wants to help students discover what it means to know God and to make Him known. Andrew is married to his best friend Carol and they have two crazy awesome kids, Jemma and Joel. He is an alumni of the Word of Life Bible Institute (NY) and Baptist Bible College (PA) and is currently pursuing a Master’s from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Andrew has Pastored at churches in Ohio, Illinois, and is now excited to be on the team here at Grace. In his free time, Andrew loves to be with his family & friends outdoors, eating, or playing board games.


Ahnada Stephenson | Early Childhood Director

Ahnada's Bio

Ahnada Stephenson has always loved working with children. She has been teaching in school settings since 2005, and she began working at Grace Church as the Children's Director in August, 2013. Her primary duties are to oversee all programs, nursery through preschool, and to help with elementary curriculum. Ahnada has a BA degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Graceland University. She and her husband, Dean, have been married since October 14, 2006; Their daughter Anberlin was born in August of 2011; Their 2nd daughter Juliana was born in August of 2014.

Denise Beridon  Ministry Assistant

Denise Beridon
Ministry Assistant

Karla Butters  Ministry Assistant

Karla Butters
Ministry Assistant

Harold Herr  Facilities Director

Harold Herr
Facilities Director

Denise's Bio

Denise Beridon was raised in a Christian home but didn’t actually make Jesus the Lord of her life until she was 24 years old while traveling with a ministry called Life Action Ministries. She met her husband, Randy, during that time and they were married in 1990 and have 3 grown daughters. Randy and Denise have been a part of Grace Church since 2000. Denise is the wedding coordinator for Grace as well as serving full-time as one of the administrative assistants in the office.

Karla's Bio

Karla Butters has been serving in ministry in some capacity for over 25 years. She is currently the full-time assistant for the student ministry. Karla has been married to Ken since 1993. They have four grown children and five grandchildren, with another on the way.

Kim Jarrell  Ministry Assistant

Kim Jarrell
Ministry Assistant

Angela Moulton  Ministry Assistant

Angela Moulton
Ministry Assistant

Stephany Reeves  Ministry Assistant

Stephany Reeves
Ministry Assistant

Kim's Bio

Kim Jarrell was born and raised in a Christian home with five sisters and one brother. She grew up singing and traveling with her three older sisters through their college years. Kim accepted Christ at an early age and has a heart for the ministry. She is a ministry assistant to the worship and missions ministries and has been on staff at Grace Church for the past 29 years. Kim has her bachelor’s degree in religion and ministry from Luther Rice University. She enjoys spending time with her two adult children, Jessica and Justin, and also her family.

Angela's Bio

Angela Moulton was raised in a loving Christian home. She accepted Jesus as her Savior when she was seven years old during Wednesday night kids ministry at church. Growing up, she moved all over the country. While attending a Christian University, she majored in Business Administration and felt a call from the Lord to use it for Him. After graduating, she settled in Iowa to be close to her family. She started attending Grace Church in December 2002. Angela and her husband, Aaron, were married at Grace Church and have three children. During her time at Grace, she has become passionate about God’s word, women’s ministry, and discipleship. Angela enjoys using her administrative skills to serve the Lord and the people of Grace Church.

Stephany's Bio

Stephany Reeves is the Financial Assistant to Pastor Kirby. She processes payroll, accounts payable, and related tasks. Stephany is thankful she grew up in a Christian home with many family members in ministry; she committed her life to Christ in the fourth grade. She joined the Grace staff after 14 years of accounting experience in other ministries. She and her husband Doug have been married 28 years. Their family is blessed with two grown daughters, their husbands, and a son in high school.

Brian Simmons  Custodian

Brian Simmons

Dean Stephenson  Communications Director

Dean Stephenson
Communications Director

Devona Tarbell  Ministry Assistant

Devona Tarbell
Ministry Assistant

Dean's Bio

Dean Stephenson grew up in Martensdale, IA. After going through the Commercial Art Program at DMACC in 2003, he started attending Grace Church and began working here in December of 2007. Dean returned to DMACC in 2016 to learn videography.

Devona's Bio

Devona Tarbell grew up as a PK so she was taught about God’s love from birth. Around 6 years of age, her dad had asked if she was saved to which she replied “yes”. After talking more she realized that even though she believed the Bible and what the Bible teaches she had not asked Jesus to forgive her or personally put her trust him. Knowing was not enough! That night she prayed and made it personal! Devona is the assistant for Children Ministries and enjoys serving with others at Grace to reach the next generation. Devona and Tim started attending Grace in 2009 and have three children (Cameron, Corinn and Cael).