Deacons and Deaconesses
Deacons and deaconesses are men and women in the church who serve and uphold the ministry of the word and prayer by freeing the elders up to devote themselves to the ministry of the word and prayer. Deacons and deaconesses do this by giving oversight to particular ministries and in so doing protect the unity of the church (Acts 6:1-4).
Lucy Aguiar, deaconness of hospitality
Lucy was born in Portugal and immigrated to the US along with her family at age 5. She grew up in Fall River MA, and pursued a career as a Registered Nurse. During a difficult time, as a single mother of two, a friend shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with her where, by God’s grace, she came to repentance and faith in Christ. She later met her husband Michael, also a single father of two. They were married in 2003. Lucy and Michael currently live in Somerset, MA. They are thankful to God for the church family he has blessed them with at Grace Harbor.
Nicea Demers, deaconness of childcare
God wondrously brought salvation to a very needy family living in Townsend, MA in 1973. From that “good work begun”, God has allowed Nicea to work with children, teaching them God’s Word from that time until the present. Believing that each child is a unique gift from the Lord, God led Nicea to take classes in college that would help in various church ministries related to teaching children. In 1990 Nicea married Lenny. God has blessed them with two boys, Benjamin and Jonathan. In 2011, God led them to Grace Harbor where they have been extremely blessed to sit under biblical teaching and to work alongside God’s people. Nicea thanks the Lord that He never stops teaching us and that Jesus called a child unto Himself and reminded His followers to “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).
Ross McLendon, deacon of music
By God’s grace, Ross was raised by parents who believed in and taught him the gospel. Through that upbringing he came to understand his need for forgiveness and repentance, and turned in faith to Christ when he was in the 3rd grade. Throughout his years growing up in Texas, Ross has had a passion for things musical and technical. He is humbled by the way that God has developed these interests and orchestrated many circumstances to enable him to serve Grace Harbor by helping facilitate Christ-centered worship. Ross lives in the Hoxsie Four Corners area of Warwick with his wife, Meredith, and their children Lucy, Ethan, and Carolyn. They are blessed to be joined with a church that earnestly commits to clearly proclaiming the gospel and exhibits genuine unity in Christ by loving one another.
Jonathan Crossman, deacon of music
Born and raised in New England, Jonathan grew up in a Christian family. He remembers hearing the gospel daily from a young age and is thankful that he can’t remember a time where he didn’t trust Christ as his savior. As he grew he developed a love for music and praising God through it. Through the years he has learned to play several musical instruments. He is thankful to be blessed with the privilege of serving Grace Harbor Church. Jonathan lives in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Providence with his wife Debbie and their son Phinehas.