Nathan serves as our Lead Pastor. He has had the joy of serving the church in various capacities such as church planting, worship ministry, and young adult ministry in Los Angeles, various parts of Pennsylvania, and now in the Nashville area. Nathan is Ordained with the Assemblies of God and serves with Church Multiplication Network and Tennessee Ministry Network. With years of experience in the arts, Nathan approaches what it means to pastor in a creative city with a unique perspective and grace. He lives in Thompson's Station with his wife, Jessica, and their four children: November, Kensington, Nessa, and Clay.Email
Jessica serves as our Kids Ministry Director, one of our Worship Leaders, and as one of our Administrators. She has had the joy of serving the church in various capacities such as church planting, worship ministry, and kids ministry in Los Angeles, various parts of Pennsylvania, and now in the Nashville area. Jessica has an incredible passion for reaching and raising up the kids of this generation to know Jesus, love Him with all their heart, and love their neighbor as themselves. She lives in Thompson's Station with her husband, Nathan, and their four children: November, Kensington, Nessa, and Clay.Email
Heather serves as our Adult Ministries Pastor, one of our Recovery Ministers, and one of our Administrators. She has a relentless passion to help the lost and broken. She is a native of Boston, is the Co-Founder of MUMlife Ministries (including local work and a podcast heard globally), and a Christian Speaker with years of experience in various ministries and serving as an active part of the community. Heather and her husband, Stephen, live a “life beyond their wildest dreams” together in Thompson’s Station with their four children: Jesse, Christian, Kick, and Sarah; and their dog, Rocky.Email
Oscar Barajas, Jr
Oscar Barajas, Jr serves as our Español Pastor and our Youth Pastor. He is originally from Phoenix, Arizona where he served in various ministry roles and studied to become a minister. He is Ordained with the Assemblies of God and holds a Masters Degree in International Community Development. With years of experience in Spanish and English speaking ministry, he approaches what it means to serve the local and bilingual church with a beautiful perspective and grace. He currently lives in Spring Hill and works within Williamson County's juvenile court system, helping the youth of our community.Email
Stephen serves as one of our Recovery Ministers and in various areas throughout the church. Stephen, a Southern California native, is a songwriter, Drug & Alcohol Interventionist, and a well respected member and expert in the field of recovery. Stephen believes they have been divinely placed at GraceLand Church to minister to those in need of hope, healing, and restoration through the program of Celebrate Recovery. Stephen and his wife, Heather, live a “life beyond their wildest dreams” together in Thompson’s Station with their four children: Jesse, Christian, Kick, and Sarah; and their dog, Rocky.Email
Rob Ratze serves as our Pastoral Care Pastor and oversees our Prayer Team. He is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God and is retired from Ford Motor Company as a Manufacturing Engineer, Powertrain Engineering. He is passionate about people knowing they are seen, cared for, and being formed more into the likeness of Christ. If you have a prayer request, need to meet for counseling, or just need a safe space to ask some questions and grow in your faith, Rob would love to hear from you and set up a time to meet. Rob and his wife, Peggy, live in Thompsons Station and have two children, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild.Email
Our Board of Trustees
Our Lead Team
Our Lead Team is made up of incredible men and women that serve the church with faithfulness and excellence in their various areas: Whitney Cantrell (Early Childhood Development), Bethany Collins (Events and Women's Ministry), Debi Forbes (Hospitality), Pamela and Victor Legner (Senior's Ministry), Abby Ortiz (Youth), Pastor Rob Ratze (Pastoral Care), Don Forbes (Men's Ministry), Cameron Robinson (Emergency Response Team), Stephen Strickhausen (Emergency Response Team and Youth), Bill Hardwick (IT and Video), Brad Tatum (Franklin Bible College), Janice Tatum (Women's Ministry), Sherry Dutton (MUMLife), Patric Hughes (Ushers), Sue Stutz (SaveOne), Hannah Hutson (Visual), Zak Willis (Audio), Steve and Rebecca Kutz (Newcomers Connect), Eric Berringer (MD). We also work with various worship leaders, some members of our church and others friends of our church. They include Nic and Jaci Gonzales, Kurtis Parks, Rochelle DeMint, Jessica Kollar, Andy Levine, Matt Elenbaas, and Patrick McDermott.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” // 1 Peter 4:10
You can learn more about our various ministries and how to connect with us at the links below.
• We are Guided by our Pastors and Leaders: Our Staff and Lead Team make the day-to-day ministry decisions of our church.
• We are Guarded by our Board: They are our watchful eye, and function as our in-house legal and financial accountability. Our current Board includes Nathan Kollar (Chair), Lauren Robinson (Treasurer), Randy Maisch, Abby Ortiz, Stephen Strickhausen, Jim Bozeman, and Don Forbes.
• We are Strengthened by Overseers: These overseers are external, pastoral accountabilities. They serve as accountability for Pastor Nathan and our Board.
• We are Gifted by Members: Through the giving of time, talents, and resources, those who call GraceLand Church home enable our church to have local and global impact.
GraceLand Church works in voluntary cooperative fellowship with The Tennessee Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. GraceLand Church also partners with the Church Multiplication Network and many other wonderful compassion and missions organizations throughout the world.