Dr. A. Timothy Hight began his ministry at GraceLife in the spring of 1996. He was ordained to the ministry in 1986 at Labelle Place Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee. Tim received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Mid America Seminary in 1991. Prior to GraceLife, he had served as pastor of two churches in Arkansas: First Baptist Church, Newport, and First Baptist Church, Lepanto. Through the last several years, he has been involved with the Life Action Ministries of Buchanan, Michigan and has served two terms as President of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.
Tim and his wife, Dawn, have five children: Whitney, Lindsey, Timothy, Valory and Courtney.
As Associate Pastor, Pastor Gary supervises the education ministries of GraceLife and coordinates the administration needs of the church. Gary received his Master of Arts degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978 and had served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia before coming to Christiansburg.
Gary and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Stephen, Lydia and Marianna. Lydia and her Husband, Ben have six children and live in Colorado Springs. Stephen and his wife Kathryn have two children and live in South Bend, Indiana. Marianna works at Virginia Tech.
Minister to Children
Pastor Dave came to us from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated Spring, 2001. After growing up in Lynchburg, Virginia, Dave attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) where he received a degree in computer engineering. While a student at VT, God called him into the ministry to be used in reaching/teaching children. As our Children’s Pastor, Dave coordinates and supervises the children’s ministries of Life Groups, AWANA, Upward Basketball, and numerous activities throughout the year.
Dave was married in the summer of 2008 to his wife, Angela, and they have one son, Benjamin.
Minister to Students
As Minister to Students, Jonathan Couch oversees the Youth and College ministries including Sunday Morning Life Groups, High School and Middle School worship on Sunday nights, HSM Band and many other activities throughout the year. Jonathan is a native of Christiansburg, graduating from Christiansburg High School in 1996. He received a degree in business management from Radford University in 1999.
Jonathan and his wife Erin have two daughters, Cara and Chloe.
Interim Minister of Music
As Interim Minister of Music, Pastor Steve oversees all things musical at GraceLife, including Children’s Choir, Praise Choir, bands and other musicians, and worship planning. Steve has obtained a Doctorate of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University and has worked in multiple churches in Texas before coming to Virginia to teach at the Liberty University School of Music. Steve’s wealth of experience and knowledge of worship add a great dimension to our worship gatherings!
Steve and his wife, Valerie, have four children: Abigail, David, Caleb, and Kaylee.