Dr. Rick Grace has been the Senior Pastor at SpringCreek Fellowship since 2005. He has almost 40 years of pastoral experience, having served churches in Illinois, Kansas, and now Arkansas. He holds a BS in History Education from Eastern Illinois University; a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from the University of Dubuque (IA) Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry in worship also from UDTS.
Dr. Grace has been married to his best friend Nancy for over 38 years and have two married children. Their son, Erick, lives in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife, Emily, and their son, Gage, and have a second child on the way. Their daughter, LeeAnne Rhodes, lives in Goshen, AR, with her husband, Bill, and they are expecting their first child the end of September.
Pastor Rick also teaches Bible and theology classes at Ecclesia College, here in Springdale. He also teaches adjunctively for John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, and at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL.
Mike Schneider, Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries, has been at SpringCreek Fellowship since 2004. Previous to SpringCreek, he worked for 6 years with Youth With A Mission, training and mobilizing students into short-term missions all over the world.
Mike has been married to his wife Christine for 13 years and they have 5 children: Naomi (11), Rachel (10), Luke (7), Anna (5), and Abigail (3). Mike grew up in Minnesota and Christine in Alberta, Canada, but they now consider themselves blessed to call Northwest Arkansas their home.
Mike is grateful for all the godly people that have invested in his life and desires to daily walk as a follower of Jesus Christ. His passion in ministry is to see people discipled and released into the calling that God has for them.
Born and raised in Northwest Arkansas, Gracie Martin, our worship coordinator, has been blessed by attending SpringCreek Fellowship for over 10 years. She has a strong background in music and a love of connecting with the Lord in worship, and has been incredibly fortunate to serve as Worship Coordinator at SpringCreek since 2011.
She has been married to her best friend and wonderful husband for two years. With seven nieces and nephews, “Eema” (as her two-year-old niece calls her) can often be found playing “Princess” and “Airplane” in the yard. Gracie and her husband live in Springdale and enjoy good books, good coffee, and good friends and family.
Born and raised in the deep south of Georgia and Alabama, Matthew E. Thurman is the newest staff addition to SpringCreek Fellowship and is heading up the SCF Youth Ministry as the Youth Ministries Intern and Student Discipleship Leader. He has been a part of the SCF family since 2011 and officially came on staff in 2013. Matt thrives in discipleship ministries and will continually disciple people wherever he is and whatever he’s doing.
Matt gave three years of his life at Birmingham Metro Master’s Commission, studying the Word of God while traveling and doing different forms of ministry at churches, youth groups, large conventions, inner-city neighborhoods, school systems, mental institutions, and even in nations all over the world, after which he completed his Bachelor’s of Christian Leadership at Ecclesia College in Springdale, AR.
Matt now lives in Springdale and has family in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; and Manila, Philippines. He loves the color blue, hot tea, sinful people, and Jesus.