Our Leadership

At Graceland Baptist Church we are guided by our staff under the leadership of Lead Pastor Larry Riley. We are guarded by our elders, who take care of our church policy matters. And we are gifted by the body as Christ works through us.

Authority for the day to day ministry matters of the church resides in the hands of these men who are available for both counsel and prayer.

Larry Riley

Lead Pastor

 

As the Lead Pastor of Graceland Baptist Church, Larry provides teaching, leadership, and guidance for the church as a whole. Under his direction we are excited to build a healthy gospel centered and mission minded culture that we can pass on to the next generation.

Larry has a passion for people of all ages and seeing their lives changed by Jesus Christ. He has been on staff since April of 2018 first serving in the role of Pastor of Ministries and Missions under the previous pastor. In a time of transition, God made it abundantly clear that Larry was brought to Graceland Baptist Church for such a time. Through the leadership of our church Elders Larry and his wife Elizabeth walked through the prayerful steps of accepting the position of Lead Pastor.

Larry and his wife have 4 children and 3 grandchildren, with a 4th grandchild due this summer. Larry and Elizabeth enjoy traveling, good food, and anything that involves the grandchildren.

Our Elders

We believe that the Bible clearly lays out the characteristics of what a church Elder should be. You can view those characteristics here.

We believe the men below meet these characteristics completely.

Larry Riley

Our Lead Pastor, also serves as our Chief Elder by bridging the leadership between the church staff and our Elder board. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have 4 grown children 3 grandchildren, with a 4th due this summer. One of his favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:19.

Bryan Jackson

Bryan and his wife Angela were married at Graceland in Sept of 2000.  They have three children Connor, Macy and Molly.  Bryan has been a member at Graceland since July of 1999 when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  Serving as an Elder since 2010 and serving as a Co-Leader in Student Ministry. One of his favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11.

Scott Lutrell

Scott has been an elder for 3 years. Prior to becoming an elder, Scott served in the deacon ministry and has been involved in the Graceland prayer ministry since the early 80’s. He and his wife Sylvia recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.  They have a son Scotty and a daughter Michelle.  Scott and Sylvia have been members of Graceland since 1980. Scotts favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. Scott loves the outdoors and continues to be amazed at the beauty and awe of Gods amazing creation.

Reuben NesSmith

Reuben is on his second year as an elder at Graceland Baptist Church where he has been a long-time member. He’s married to Korinne and they have 3 children.  One of his favorite scripture verses is Romans 1:16 because it reminds him to be bold in sharing the gospel and that it is God who saves.

Joel Ragains

Joel was one of the original elders at Graceland. He and his wife Mary Ellen have two children and four grandchildren. Joel served as worship pastor at Graceland Baptist Church for 35 years and was an IMB missionary to Ukraine for 12 ½ years. He is now retired and his passion is mentoring young men to serve the Lord.

Gary Vogt

Gary has been a member of GBC for 31years and an elder and teacher for over 20. He is married to Janelle and they have two children and five grandchildren.  Favorite Scripture is Prov. 3:5-10.

Dan Williamson

Dan was baptized at Graceland by “Elvis” (Marcum) at the age of 13. Over the last 35 years, Dan and His wife Vicki have served in many capacities of ministry at Graceland. Dan joined the Praise Band as a bass player in September of 1984 and has been a member of the band ever since. Dan & Vicki have two grown children, Danielle (21) and Jordan (20) who is a drummer for the praise band. Dan’s passion is to help lead others to experience an authentic relationship with Jesus. Dan’s favorite scripture is Psalm 105:2-5.

Deacons & Yokefellows

The Deacons and Yokefellows at Graceland are part of the shepherding team to the church members. They prepare and distribute communion, welcome and greet guests at our portico, visit those who have been in the hospital, minister to our widows, and contact families that have experienced the death of a loved one.

Bill Hinton

Deacon Chair

Brian Webb

Deacon Assistant Chair

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