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).
Jess Shafer, deaconness of hospitality
Bio coming soon.
Joan Morse, deaconness of childcare
Joan was born and raised in the Philippines as a Roman Catholic. She started attending a protestant church when she was 12 because her parents had been converted, but she did not become a Christian until she was 24 after attending a Bible study held by her employer at work. Joan was sponsored to come to America by a family and studied Early Childhood Education in New Hampshire at Nashua Community College. While attending school there she met Rick, who she married in 2009. Rick has been very instrumental in her growth in the Lord, guiding and encouraging her to pray and be in the word since day one. They became members of Grace Harbor Church in January 2017, and Joan has served as the deaconess of childcare since February of 2018. She is currently finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and will graduate from Rhode Island College in May of 2018. She prays to be able to utilize her education to serve in the ministry the Lord had entrusted her by His Grace.
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, Carolyn, and Katie. 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 sons Phinehas and Emmett.
Andy Shafer, deacon of ordinances
Andy was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. He is grateful to have grown up in a Christian home with parents who loved and followed the Lord, and faithfully taught him biblical principals from an early age. By God’s grace, Andy was brought to a saving faith at the age of nine, but really can’t remember a time in his life he did not believe that God loved him and sent Christ to die for his sins. Andy moved to Providence in 2004 to attend Johnson & Wales University. Within just a few weeks, it was God’s sovereignty that brought him to Grace Harbor before it was even a true church plant. He has been attending and serving at Grace Harbor in various ways since that time. Andy graduated with a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales in 2008 and was married to his wife Jessica that summer. They now live in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Providence with their three kids: Noah, Abby and Caleb. The Shafers count it a blessing from God to live in community with the members of Grace Harbor and call it their home. Andy is humbled and thankful for the privilege to now serve the church as a deacon.