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 two sons, Gage and Holden. Their daughter, LeeAnne Rhodes, lives in Goshen, AR, with her husband, Bill, and their son, Zach.
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 is doing her residency in psychiatry at the University of Nevada in Reno. She is engaged to Keegan Wilson, and they will be married in May 2016. Jordan is a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. 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.
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.