Dr. Rick Grace has been the Senior Pastor at SpringCreek Fellowship since 2005. He has more than 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 40 years and have two married children. Their son, Erick, lives in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife, Emily, and their three sons, Gage, Holden and Caleb. Their daughter, LeeAnne Rhodes, lives in Goshen, AR, with her husband, Bill, and their children, Zachariah and Leah.
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.
Associate Pastor Keith Mackey graduated from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo with the Class of 1993 and attended Cincinnati Christian University for further studies. He comes to Spring Creek Fellowship after serving churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma and most recently in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Before answering the call to ministry back in 1989, Keith had a career in journalism and broadcasting. He was ordained in 1993 at Central Christian Church in Fort Smith.
Keith and his wife Carolyn (who graduated from Ozark in 1973) have three grown children. Joshua, his wife Ryoko and kids Kaila, Eliana and Aaron. Josh is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force stationed at Yakota Air Base, near Tokyo. Dr. Amber Mackey-Wilson and her husband, Keegan. Dr. Amber is doing her residency in psychiatry at the University of Nevada in Reno. Jordan, Keith and Carolyn’s youngest son, is a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. He is studying this semester at the University of Orleans, in Orleans, France. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter.
Keith’s signature scripture is Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man.”
Keith and Carolyn have dedicated their lives to serving our Awesome God, and invite all to join them in this great journey.