Grace Chapel's Board of Elders
Our elder board is composed of staff and lay leaders who provide leadership and guidance to the ministry efforts of Grace Chapel.

 


 

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Victor Gerdes, Chairman

Victor is married to Lisa; they have 3 daughters, Rebecca, Claire, and Abigail, and live in Natick.   They have been attending Grace for 15 years.  They hosted  a Life Community in their home for years, and Victor often taught in Kidstown or a Men’s small group.   Recently, they helped found Veritas Academy in Wayland, where Victor serves on the Board and Lisa teaches.  Victor works in the technology industry.


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Kevin Johnson, Vice Chairman

Kevin is married to Mimi (Kincaid). They have 3 children, Isak, Jesse, and Ermiyas.  They have been part of Grace Chapel for 17 years.  They serve as Assisting Elders, Mimi is involved in women’s ministry, and Kevin serves in youth and worship ministry and currently leads Middle School Worship.   They served for 18 months in northwest Africa at an Academy, before returning to continue his career as a Technical Trainer for Oracle.

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Troy Stanfield, Treasurer

Troy Stanfield is currently one of five Partners at Castanea Partners, a Boston based consumer focused Private Equity Firm.  Prior to Castanea, Troy worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and an investment professional for Berkshire Partners.  Troy received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in commerce with concentrations in Finance and Management from the University of Virginia.  Troy also is on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.

Troy and his wife, Kim, have three children: Gabrielle, Michaela and Isaiah.  They serve in various ministries at Grace Chapel and are involved in a Life Community group in their home town of Needham.  The Stanfield Family has been attending Grace Chapel since 2007.


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Rev. Dr. Bobby Bose, Elder

Bobby is married to Margie; they have a daughter, Abigail, and live in Woburn. They have been part of Grace Chapel for 8 years.   They host a vibrant Life Community, and coach several other leaders of Life Communities.  Bobby felt a sense of God’s call to serve Him at the age of 16.  He received his PhD. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006.   Bobby has more than 30 years of experience in evangelism, cross-cultural ministry, and teaching, including extended residence on three continents.   He is currently a Professor of Theology and World Mission at Gordon-Conwell (Boston) and mentors D.Min. students.  He has served as Global Urban Ministries Coordinator at Emmanuel Gospel Center until 2012.  In November 2012, he began serving as President of Bengali Christian Ministry (USA) to mobilize, train, and support Christian leaders in West Bengal, India.

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Kurt Drescher, Elder

Kurt W. Drescher is the Vice President of Advancement at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A graduate of Gordon College, Kurt spent more than 20 years of as an account representative and marketing executive in the graphic arts industry.  Much of his work was with clients in the higher education and other non-profits.

Kurt and his wife Sharon have been at Grace Chapel for over 25 years. As a volunteer, he has served on the Life Community Ministry Team, has coordinated communications for two capital campaigns, and has served on the Marriage Getaway Team. In addition, he has served in other leadership capacities at the church, including co-chairing WinterBlast, a church-wide evangelical/outreach event and presently serves on the leadership team for the new Grace Chapel satellite campus in Wilmington, MA.

Kurt and Sharon have two adult daughters and live in Reading, Massachusetts.


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Cynthia Fantasia, Elder

Cynthia Fantasia has been a member of Grace Chapel since 1976.  She served on Pastoral Staff for 24 years as Pastor of Women's Ministries.  A contributing author in "Mothers Have Angel Wings" by Carol Kent, and "What We've Learned So Far" by Lucinda Secrest McDowell, Cynthia has also written several Bible studies that are used in churches throughout the United States.  In May 2005, Cynthia received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  The focus of her study was "Effective Ministries to Women."  She was ordained in 2007.

Cynthia is married to her best friend, Bob, and they have three adult children and five "perfect" grandchildren.  Her favorite activities are long walks, reading great books, vacation time in their beloved Kennebunkport, and learning about life through the eyes of their grandchildren.


 

Ken Fong, Elder

Ken is a 28-year law enforcement commander with extensive experience in operations and administration. Ken holds a B.S. in Law Enforcement and a M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. Ken and family serve at the East Lexington Campus.

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Donald Jin, Elder

Don grew up in New York City and moved to Boston in 1983 to attend college.  He has been a New Englander ever since.  Don has been a longtime member of a Korean speaking church in the past and became a member at Grace Chapel in 2004.  Don has led several short-term mission trips to South America, served in different leadership roles in Children's, College and Young Adults ministries.  Don was one of the founding members of Grace's Multicultural Ministry Team.  Don, his wife Kate and two children, Alex and Dani lives in North Easton, MA.  Kate serves on the Grace Translation Team providing translations to Korean speaking members at Grace.  Don and Kate are part of the Walpole Life Community Group.

Outside of Grace, Don works as a consultant for IT market analyst firm providing market strategy guidance to companies worldwide.  Don is also a professional photographer and teaches photography as time allows.


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Belle Liang, Elder

Belle Liang is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Boston College. For 15 years, she has researched and published on the topic of mentoring and adolescents--but there is nothing like having her own kids to remind her of what she has yet to learn!  She is blessed to be life-long partners with David, and mom to Zoe and Toby; and is grateful for the privilege of serving this beloved community of faith. Together they seek to: "Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly" (Micah 6:8).


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Dan Post, Elder

Dan grew up in a Christian family in NJ and after moving up to MA started attending Grace Chapel in 1997. Dan met and was married to his wife Tracy at Grace Chapel. Early in their marriage they both served in Senior High School ministry and led a summer mission trip to Hungary. Dan and Tracy have three children – Hope, Faith and Grace – who are active in Kidstown, where Dan and Tracy have served, and our Middle School Ministry. They live, host and lead a Life Community in Westford.

Dan is an Associate Director Project Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Devens, MA.


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Priscilla Seuss is responsible for all sales activities at Northern Light, an enterprise software company in Boston.  Prior to Northern Light, Priscilla co-founded Spinnaker Software and served as its Vice President of Sales for 12 years where she managed a 40 person sales team that sold to 15,000 mass retail outlets.  She has a passion for serving the Lord Jesus and at Grace Chapel has provided leadership of the Greeter Team and Spring Serve, as well as in Alpha and Plug-In courses and serving on the New Campus Committee.  Priscilla and her husband David live in Charlestown, MA.


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Jim Su, Elder

Jimmy Su landed in America from Taiwan after traveling in his mother's arms as an 8-month-old piece of carry-on luggage. He grew up all over the U.S., going from NY to CA to KY to MD to NY again and finally ended up in MA where he works as a structural engineer to ensure that buildings don't fall down. He also strives to harmonize the role of husband and father with service in the church and community.  His faith journey has taken him through immigrant/ethnic churches, campus fellowships, and larger metropolitan churches, developing a passion for communicating the essential truth of God's message with honesty and relevance to the particular person/s. He lives in Medford with his wife Vivian, who manages a very full family life with two boys, Jasper and Cooper. The family enjoys various sports such as soccer and lacrosse (Jimmy is also an avid UK basketball fan), music of all kinds, and the kind of humor that only a house with 3 boys (Jimmy being one of them) can generate, and Mom must tolerate.


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Adonis, his wife Adriana, and their daughter, Hannah, have moved to the US in 2008, from their home country of Romania. Adonis has taught theology in various Romanian universities since 1997 and is currently an associate professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. They have been attending Grace Chapel for the past four years, where Adonis is occasionally teaching adult discipleship classes. The Vidus reside on the Northshore, in Wenham, MA.


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Bryan Wilkerson, Senior Pastor

 
Bryan Wilkerson has served as Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel since September of 2000, having previously served for 16 years as Senior Pastor at Shelter Rock Church in Manhasset, New York. Bryan is a graduate of Wheaton College and Denver Seminary. Additionally, he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Bryan is a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and The Leadership Journal and enjoys speaking at Camp of the Woods and other conferences.

Bryan’s life mission statement is “to lead as many people as possible to a joyful and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.” He is passionate about communicating God’s truth with clarity, warmth, and relevance to our daily lives. He enjoys the challenges of leading a large, vibrant church, and of working with a gifted, dedicated staff.

When he isn’t in meetings or preparing messages, Bryan can be found running or biking the back roads and trails of New England. He and his wife, Karen, live in Bedford and have enjoyed 35 years of marriage. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.

You can reach Bryan at (781)862-6499 x136 or bryan@grace.org.

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Bill Burke, Executive Pastor

 

Bill Burke is the Executive Pastor at Grace Chapel and has been on staff since October of 2004.  In his role, he functions as the leader of the pastoral and ministry staff organization.  He reports to Senior Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and works closely with Bryan and the Board of Elders to implement and execute the agreed-upon vision, strategies and activities of the overall Grace Chapel ministry.  He especially loves the opportunity to work closely with staff and volunteers to align their passions, gifts and approaches with the vision and mission of Grace – increasing the effectiveness of the ministry and allowing them to sense the true joy that comes with being used powerfully by God to achieve His goals through us.

Prior to joining the staff, Bill had a 29 year business career focused on human resource consulting for major business organizations.  For the last 11 of those years, Bill was a partner with Ernst & Young in their Human Capital practice and was based in the Indianapolis office.  Through this time, he was very active and involved in his local church serving in numerous volunteer capacities including treasurer, mission trip leader and chairman of the elder board.  In recent years, Bill and his wife, Terri, sensed God leading them into full-time ministry – to use their gifts, skills and passions to advance the ministry of the local church.

Bill and Terri have been married for 37 years and live in Hingham.  Their son, Patrick, his wife, Leslie, along with their boys, Will and Ben, live in Indianapolis.  Their daughter, Meghan and her husband, Adam,and their daughter, Leah, live in the Boston south shore area.

Bill can be reached at (781)862-6499 x102 or bburke@grace.org.