Our Staff


Our Staff

Thurman Williams, Interim Senior Pastor
He was the pastor of New Song Community Church (PCA), in the Sandtown community of West Baltimore, MD, since February of 2000. Prior to that, he served as the Minister of Outreach and Youth at Faith Christian Fellowship Church (PCA), also in the city of Baltimore, for 5 years while completing his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. Before serving at Faith, he was on staff for 4 years with the ministry of Young Life. Thurman and his wife, Evie have been married for 16 years and they have been blessed with four beautiful children, Charvez, Shaquana, Joshua, and Caleb. Thurman completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2011 at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, with his dissertation entitled, “Christ-Centered Preaching in Hip Hop Culture.”

 Mike Brandenstein, Assistant Pastor
After spending 7 years in the Christian music industry Mike and his family moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary.  He received his M. Div. in 2009 and served as associate pastor at South City Church in St. Louis from 2009-2013 and has been ordained in the PCA since 2012. Mike and his wife, Christi have been married for 20 years and have been blessed with 3 girls, Zoe (15), Mia (13) and Evi (9).  

Elders 2017-2018

David Peters, Ruling Elder 
Bill Bay, Ruling Elder
Eric Bryan, Ruling Elder
John Hendrix, Ruling Elder 

Deacons 2017-2018

Andy Malkus, Deacon Administrator
Deb Eisenbraun, Deacon
Phyllis Wheeler, Deacon
McKinley Johnson, Deacon
Jeff Lutjens, Deacon
Juanita Hopson, Deacon
Andy Malkus, Deacon
Melanie Maynor, Diaconal Assistant 


Ministry Leaders

Melody Perkins, Shelter Ministry Team Leader & Ministry Facilitator

Melody (Burke) Perkins began earnestly following Christ while an undergraduate at Georgetown University  in Washington, DC, after growing up in a large, energetic Catholic family in Nashville, TN. In her early adult years she worked in social work and elementary education, volunteering in her spare time in college ministry at Christ Community (PCA). She moved to  St. Louis in 1996 to complete a Covenant Seminary degree and seek a career in mercy ministry or missions. Melody began working full-time for Grace & Peace in 1999, as Administrator and Shelter Team Leader. Expansion of both roles led to her present title in late 2007. Melody married her husband, Todd, in July 2008 and lives in Richmond Heights. She loves using God-given talents and skills to glorify Him, including discipleship, mercy ministry, teaching, writing, stewardship, and interpersonal relationship opportunities. In her free time, Melody enjoys time with family including tiny granddaughters, as well as reading, singing, crafts, projects, catching up on movies she hasn't seen yet, and being outdoors.

Music Director

Margarita Diaz Lutz, Interim Children's Ministry Director

Stephen Schaper, Interim Youth Ministry Director
Stephen was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL.  He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and married Grace 3 months after.  For the next 2 years he worked with youth, both in residential treatment and high school settings in Urbana and Chicago, IL.  In 2011, Grace and Stephen moved to St. Louis where he started work on a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, completed in May 2015.  When he isn’t enjoying time ministering with young people, you can find Stephen playing sports, DJing, dog training, or playing spades. 


Stephanie Clear, Office Manager

Stephanie came to know the Lord as an adult 25 years ago at Memorial Presbyterian Church. She has been a part of urban ministry since volunteering in the mid-1990s with the former Today’s Lost Children near the Benton Park neighborhood of South St. Louis, where she and her family live. Now a member of South City Church, Stephanie and her husband, Stacey, an architect, have one son, Daniel, a 7th-grader at Westminster Christian Academy. Stephanie worked locally for 15 years as a community journalist before having Daniel. Stacey and Stephanie also were members of Olive Branch, a PCA church plant in Benton Park, before helping to join Olive Branch with the planting team at South City 10 years ago. She has served in the women’s and children’s ministries at both churches and is currently excited to help grow South City’s Youth Ministry. Her job at Grace & Peace gives Stephanie the chance she enjoys to love the people of St. Louis in a tangible way. When not at work, Stephanie also likes to walk, hike with Stacey, cook and bake, and take short road trips. She also dreams of one day chasing a storm.