Staff

Joel Atwell
Lead Pastor
 
Joel was born in April of 1963 (you do the math). He and Linda were high school sweethearts in Eldon, MO , and were married in June of 1983. They have three children: Hannah, Benjamin (Ben), and Elizabeth (Liz). When it comes to pastimes/hobbies, Joel enjoys far more than he has time or money to participate in. He holds a Bachelors degree from Mid-America Nazarene University (MNU) and a Masters from Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). Joel serves as Senior Pastor and has since June of 1990. Joel's great desire is to introduce as many people as possible into a life-giving relationship with Jesus.
Joel@grace-community.net
John Tader 
Pastor of Discipleship and Administration
 
John was born in Minneapolis, MN. While in grade school he moved to St. Louis, MO. In 1983 he married his high school sweetheart, Laura. And they lived happily ever after! Their marriage has been blessed with 3 children: Steven, Elizabeth and Rebecca. All 3 are married to their high school sweethearts, and are raising John & Laura’s 7 precious grandchildren who monopolize all of their spare time and energy! John earned a Bachelors degree from Mid-America Nazarene University in 1985, followed by a Masters degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1989. His passion is to do Christian ministry wherever God chooses to use him. He has served in pastoral ministry in Hickory Hills, IL, Jefferson City, MO, and Olathe KS. He has been a part of Grace Community since November of 2015.
Adam Johnson
Pastor of Worship Arts
 
Adam was born in Arizona, but for the majority of his life, he was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. After high school, Adam left his parents and his brother and sister to go to college. He attended North Central University in Minnesota where he felt led to worship ministry. He then attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas where he went deeper into his love for worshipping the Lord! Speaking of love, Adam has been married to his wife, Natalie since July 2008 and together they enjoy music, traveling, and being with friends and family. Adam also enjoys graphic design in his spare time. His passion in life is to draw others in to experience God through worship and the arts!
Brandon Cluff
Pastor of Youth &
College-Age Ministries
 
Brandon was born mere seconds before Joel became the lead pastor here at Grace Community. He grew up as a Nazarene pastor's kid in the great state of Nebraska, raised on love, corn, and the Nebraska Huskers. He received a Bachelor's degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Ks in 2011.. He met the love of his life and now wife at youth group as a 7th grader, and because he is such a romantic... they still attend youth group every Sunday night! He loves music and basketball, and has an unhealthy addiction to all things Michael Jordan... seriously all things. If there is one thing that he loves more than Michael Jordan (aside from his wife of course), it would have to be his two sons Brayson & Summit.  Brandon has a passion for teenagers and truly believes that with Christ they can change the world. He longs to journey with others to become more and more like Christ each day.
Margaret Tyler
Pastor of Children's Ministries
 
Margaret loves her role as wife, mother, professor, grandma and pastor. For more than 30 years she has served in the work of discipling children and nurturing partnerships between families and the Church as we seek to point children to Jesus.
 
She and her husband, Don have raised two sons, gained 2 beautiful daughters-in-law and five perfect grandchildren (aka, best gig ever!). Besides hanging out with family, hosting MNU students and sharing StrengthsFinder insights, she finds renewal in sunshine, large bodies of water, writing, coffee, flip-flops, hospitality, laughter and engaging in rich conversation.
Dale Samuels
Church Planting Pastor in Residence
Dale was born in the big city of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He lived there until his parents dropped the bomb with news that the family was moving to Phoenix, Arizona. He forgave his parents 5 to 10 years later. He is a basketball fan, old water skiing guy, book addict, movie junky, and bad golfer. When looking for colleges he once said “I would never go to school in Kansas.” and then attend Mid America Nazarene College because his love for basketball overcame his love for the west. At MNU he met Julie Pyle who he convinced to marry him in the fall of 1988. Julie is now Dr. Julie Samuels and is the principal at Trojan Elementary. Together they have 2 kids - Preston (married to Morgan) & Kendra. Dale has pastored for 25 years in Seymour, MO, Pittsburg, KS and Girard, KS.
Dale is presently working on planting a church in Osawatomie, KS with the support of the Grace Community Church!