• Tyler Christiansen


    Tyler seeks to follow God's call through his roles as a husband, dad, and pastor. He and his wife, Eleanor, have two children, Greta and Wes, along with one happy poodle, Hank and a grumpy one, Samson. Tyler is a graduate of Luther College and he met Eleanor while they were both students at Garrett Seminary in Chicago. Eleanor serves as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at nearby Trinity UMC. Tyler and Eleanor's ministries have taken them from Chicago, to New Jersey, to Minneapolis and now, Birmingham. 


    Tyler loves the relational aspect of church ministry, believing that lasting transformation is born out of faithful relationships anchored in Christ. Serving as a pastor of a church allows Tyler to exercise his creative side, engage in strategic planning, and focus his attention on leading vibrant worship experiences.


    In his free time, Tyler loves to travel with his family, eat adventurously (or at least try new restaurants), and play games. Tyler also enjoys downhill skiing, golf, cheering on the Golden Gopher football and basketball teams, rocking out in his car where no one can hear him, and most anything outdoors.

  • Stephen Ingram

    Pastor of Students

    Stephen is a dad, husband, writer and foodie. He has served in churches since 1998 and also has served as a lead consultant with Ministry Architects since 2009. He lives in Homewood with his wife Mary Liz and their three kids Mary Clare, Patrick, and Nora Grace. Stephen has his undergraduate from Samford University where he majored in Religion and his Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. Stephen speaks at conferences all around the country as well as leading training events, intentionally spiritual parenting workshops, and retreats for youth ministries. His books include Hollow Faith: How Andy Griffith, Facebook, and the American Dream Neutered the Gospel, ExtraOrdinary Time: 365 Ordinary Moments with an Anything But Ordinary God; and Organic Student Ministry. Stephen deeply loves working with students and their families growing, nurturing and challenging their faith as they strive to answer the questions: Who am I and Why am I here?

  • Amanda Vernon

    Children's Ministry Director

    Amanda lives with her husband Ryan, their kids Amelia Claire and John David, a labradoodle named Penny Lane, and a cat named Aubrey in their home in Trussville. After growing up in Birmingham, Amanda went to college in Tennessee and graduate school at the University of Alabama. She worked as a therapist in Boston and Nashville before moving back to Alabama, where she worked as a therapist and a hospice social worker before becoming a stay-at-home parent for several years. 

    Amanda loves cooking, traveling, and reading. Her whole family loves camping, hiking, riding bikes, kayaking, paddle boarding… any activity that involves being outside! The Vernons have attended Grace since 2019 and dearly love the church and its members. Amanda has been thrilled to transition into her new role at Grace after many years volunteering in the Children's Ministry. 

  • Andrew Henderson

    Worship Arts Director

    Andrew spent most of his childhood in Alabama. He then studied guitar and music production at Appalachian State University, where he met his future wife, Michelle, also from Alabama. They moved to Birmingham soon after graduating and getting married.

    Andrew came to Grace in 2009, where he and his family have continued to get more involved. Andrew now uses his passion for music and worship by serving as Grace's Worship Arts Director.

    In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with Michelle and their three girls, running, playing music around town, and doing audio-visual production work at various events.

  • Chelsea Ramsey

    Administrative Assistant

    Chelsea Ramsey is from Birmingham, AL and attended Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. Before her position here, she worked as a Program Assistant at a statewide non-profit organization. She has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Grace family and has been with us since 2016.

    Chelsea and Ethan have been married since July of 2017, and they are excited to be adjusting to parenthood with their new baby girl. In her spare time, Chelsea loves to read, sing, take hikes, and watch movies.

  • Andrea Fite

    Nursery Director

    Andrea Fite is the Nursery Director. She graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Andrea worked as a social worker for Gateway Family and Child Services in Birmingham for 9 years. She has also worked in the nursery at Trussville Methodist Church, several in-home daycares in the Pelham area, and at Learning Express Toys at their Trussville, Leeds, and Gadsden locations. She has been working in the nursery here at Grace since 2008 and stepped up to the role of nursery director in 2014. Andrea has been married to Mike Frost since May of 2017, and they are excited to be starting their lives together as part of the Grace family. Andrea and Mike live in Pinson with their large brood of fur babies.

  • Jay Jacks

    Worship Tech Director

  • Mitch Winston

    Finance Director

    Mitchell grew up in the Birmingham area and joins the Grace staff after serving as a full time stay at home dad for the past ten years. He met his wife, Ginny, while attending Birmingham Southern College on a soccer scholarship and the couple got married in 2009. Ginny is a board-certified OB/GYN at Grandview and they have three energetic boys: Dean, Rhett, and Knight.

    Mitchell graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting. He later attended graduate school at Barry University in Miami where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2009. His previous work experience includes finance and accounting positions with a professional baseball organization, and later with a global energy corporation. 

    The couple first attended Grace in 2013 and quickly became drawn in by the enormous hospitality of its members. Mitchell had previously volunteered as a VBS games coordinator and Sunday School chaperone but is now excited to begin this new chapter of his life alongside the Grace community.

  • Reggie Garrett


    Reggie was born in Birmingham, AL and grew up in the Southtown Projects. He attended Davis Elementary, Graduated from Hayes High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978. He married Febie Tucker in 1991. They have a daughter Alberta, a son Reginald Jr. and a granddaughter, Ameria. Reggie retired from the military in 1998. He has worked at Grace since 2008. Reggie’s loves to spend time with his family and in his spare time, his hobbies are bowling and fishing.

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  • Jamie Burke


    Jamie grew up in Tuscaloosa and attended the University of Alabama on a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama. Jamie continued her studies to earn a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Administrative Certificate from Samford University. Jamie taught for 10 years in the Jefferson County public school system, then for 18 years in the Vestavia Hills City Schools at Vestavia Hills Elementary East. Jamie has earned many awards for her teaching including Alabama Teacher of the Year for Special Education. Jamie retired from the public school system, and began working at GraceKids Child Development Center at its opening. Jamie is passionate about children’s development and using her skills to strengthen families.

    Jamie has 2 adult sons, Douglas and Johnathan, and 2 dogs, Shadow and Winnie. When not spending time with her family and her dogs, she loves to play competitive tennis, do woodworking, create multimedia art, and go fishing.

  • TaraKy Booth

    Assistant Director

    TaraKy grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, where she lived until she went to Auburn. She has six sons and lives in Trussville. Once she graduated from Auburn, she married and moved to Birmingham. She taught in the classroom for a couple of years after graduating, then began her tenure as the director of a preschool in 2004. She has been the director at various schools since then and decided to step down to assistant director to be more available for her boys and their busy schedules. She has been a part of the GraceKids family since July 2021 and is so excited to be here!