Family Ministry Update

Grace Church parent,

We are excited to let you know that Jake Sullivan has been hired as our Director of Family Ministries. In this role, Jake will provide leadership and direction for our Grace Kids and the Grace Students ministry teams. Scott Schlauderaff and Travis Armstrong will continue to lead these teams and report directly to Jake. In addition, Jake will provide leadership for our Family Ministries initiatives as we continue to support, develop, and equip families within our Grace Church community and beyond, including our partnerships with Wings and Compass.

We also want to thank Jim Erickson for his stewardship of our kids and student ministries over the past two years. Moving forward, Jim will continue to serve the church as our Director of Adult Ministries providing oversight and leadership to our ongoing initiatives with Multisite, Men’s, Women’s, and Young Adults’ Ministries, as well as all of our First Impressions/Next Steps ministries. Please join us in welcoming Jake and his family to Grace! To learn more about Jake and his family, see below.

In Christ, Craig McLain, Executive Pastor

About Jake Sullivan, Director of Family Ministries:
A native of Minnesota, Jake graduated high school from Tartan High School in Oakdale, MN. A gifted basketball player, college took him to Iowa where he attended school and played for the Iowa State Cyclones. Jake graduated an Academic All-American from Iowa State with a major in psychology and a minor in political science. For the last ten years, he has invested his time and talent in two ministry fronts. He is the founder and executive director of Kingdom Hoops, a nonprofit ministry that serves roughly 500 athletes comprised of 50 different teams from grades K-11th both boys and girls. Participants are from 59 different school districts throughout the state of Iowa. Roughly 40% of the athletes in the Kingdom Hoops program came from the Des Moines public school systems, an ethnically and economically diverse community. Jake and his wife Janel also have a heart for the adopted and adoption. This calling on their lives has resulted in a large family where everyone’s names start with the letter “J.” The journey has also given birth to an international ministry known as the Acts 2 Collective, a network of nonprofits, child advocates, and Christ followers united in purpose to care for the most vulnerable for the spread of the Gospel.