Daniel Stevens was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, relocating, with his mother, to Mississippi in his mid-teens. In 2002, Daniel graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a BA in Pastoral Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages. He received his Master of Divinity from Pensacola in 2006. Daniel began working on his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in 2010 at Piedmont International University, and anticipates finishing the degree upon completion of his dissertation this year.
Pastor Stevens has served as a youth pastor and a school administrator. He also ministered as a senior pastor for eight years before becoming college president of Virginia Baptist College. Pastor Daniel Stevens was elected as the next senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church on February 12, 2017.
Pastor Stein grew up in Michigan, but is no stranger to Anderson, Indiana. He served as associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church from 1985-2000. Fourteen years later we are excited that God has called the Steins back to Grace.
Pastor Stein holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Maranatha Baptist University. Along with his previous work at Grace, Pastor Stein has served as a youth pastor in Illinois and as an associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church of Watertown, Wisconsin and at Grace Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana.
Pastor Stein was a heavyweight wrestling champion in high school and college in the late 70s. Pastor Stein has volunteered in the community as a wrestling coach, firefighter, EMT, and police chaplain.
Pastor Stein and his wife Karen have four grown children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Kevin Plew serves as administrator of Indiana Christian Academy. He is the first ICA grad to lead the school. Mr. Plew began his education at ICA in the 70s, won a basketball championship in the 80s, taught high school and coached a volleyball championship in the 90s, and served as elementary principal in the 2000s.
Mr. Plew has trained and served as a pastor and seeks to bring a shepherd’s heart to the school. His vision is that “while maintaining high academic standards, our desire at ICA is to show respect and love to each parent and student who enters the school doors.”
Mr. Plew and his wife, Kim (’95 ICA grad) have four children: Abby (9th grade), Hannah (6th), Kendall (5th) and Seth (2nd).
Pastor John grew up in southern Virginia and studied biology at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC for his undergrad. He also has a Master of Divinity from Bob Jones Seminary. He has served as a campus missionary with Cross Impact at University Baptist Church in Clemson, SC for three years and then as the pastoral intern at Harvest Baptist in Rock Hill, SC for the last two.
John's wife, Ania, grew up as a pastor's daughter in Poland. She came to know Christ as her Savior at an early age and began sharing her faith with her friends at her predominantly Catholic school. As a teenager Ania translated Evangelism Explosion materials into Polish and used it to share the Gospel. Later she became the director of Evangelism Explosion for the country of Poland. After completing her undergraduate work in Poland, the Lord directed Ania to Bob Jones University where she completed a masters degree in counseling.
Pastor John and Ania both have a heart for evangelism and discipleship. They have seen many college students come to Christ and grow into committed disciples.
Student Ministries Director
David Luttrull joined Grace Baptist Church as a ministry assistant in August of 2011. David works both at Indiana Christian Academy and the church. At the school, David enjoys teaching both Bible and Computer. At the church, he leads the student group in activities, during Wednesday night services and Sunday school. He also helps coordinate the church’s technology department.
David received his Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries from Maranatha Baptist University in 2011. David finished his master’s degree online through Northland International University as part of his pastoral internship. David met his wife, Becca, when she came to teach at Indiana Christian Academy in 2014.
David grew up at Grace; his mother taught at the Christian school until he graduated. While the Lord saved him when he was very young (five-years-old), the gospel continues to impress and humble him daily. He considers Proverbs 3:5-6 to be his life’s passage. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
David desires that every student be shaped by the gospel through practical but most importantly biblical teaching. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with other believers and working with technology.
Hispanic Ministry Director
Secundino Bautista leads the growing Hispanic ministry at Grace. Secundino heard the gospel for the first time in 1999, but he refused to believe in Jesus. In the year 2000 he had an accident at work, and while recovering from this accident over the next seven months, he realized that he did not have control over his life. God called his attention, and in April 2000 he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. In 2002 he married Francisca, and they have three boys: Brian (10), George (7), and Neftali (2).
In 2009 Secundino took a step of faith to move his young family from Anderson to South Carolina to study at Faith Bible College (El Colegio Bíblico de la Fe) in Greenville. He graduated in 2012, and in 2013 he and his family returned to Anderson to serve the Lord in the Hispanic work at Grace. His favorite Bible passage is John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Nicole Sherwin came on staff at Grace as the administrative assistant in 2016. Nicole grew up in Illinois and studied Business Administration at DeVry University for her undergraduate degree. She was saved when she was a little girl after beginning to attend a Christian school and realizing her personal need of a Savior. She enjoys getting to know other believers and sharing with friends and family how the Lord has blessed in so many ways. Having grown up in the church, she’s thankful for the many areas that she’s been able to serve (nursery, children’s ministry, music, women’s ministry and now administration).
Nicole met her husband, Mark, in Junior High and High school. They stayed in touch, long distance, through their college years and were married in December 2014. Afterwards, they lived in Greenville, SC while Mark finished his graduate degree. Mark is now the Math teacher at Indiana Christian Academy.
Nicole enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, hiking and exploring new places.
Melvin Wittkamper has been on the staff of Grace Baptist Church since 1995. His job as maintenance director requires that he oversee all of the maintenance of the church and school buildings. While Melvin enjoys working alongside the staff here at Grace, he has also enjoyed being a part of mission trips through the church to help in New Mexico and assist in relief efforts in Louisiana after Katrina.
Since accepting Christ as his Savior in 1980, John 15:7 has had an influence on Melvin’s life: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” In his spare time, Melvin enjoys riding his motorcycle and four-wheeler, fishing, and helping out others who are in need when he can.
Melvin and his wife, Darlene, have one daughter, Megan (Welsh), and two sons, David and Devin, as well as two granddaughters, Mallory and Macy.