Craig C. Hurley
Position: Senior Pastor
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 3
Craig Hurley has been involved in a variety of ministries. He was the Pastor of a Deaf Church in Los Angeles and taught in a Christian School. Before coming to Grace Baptist Church in January 2001, he was Associate Pastor in a church in Durham, North Carolina. His greatest desire is to accurately reflect Christ in his service to others. Pastor Hurley has earned B.A. and M.Div. degrees from Bob Jones University. He was elected Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in December, 2013.
Brian W. Holloway
Position: Music Pastor
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 5
Brian Holloway was called to be our Music Pastor in September 2015. He and his wife, Fauna, have been married for twenty-three years and have nine children. They have previously served in churches in Wisconsin and Ohio. Brian believes that music is a spiritual matter and therefore must be pleasing to God by emulating godly attributes. His desire is to lead people to sing to the Lord and not to man. Brian has a B.S. in music education, B.A. in piano pedagogy, and M.Mus. in church music from Bob Jones University.
Position: Youth Pastor
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 7
Nate Eldridge joined the staff as Youth Pastor in October 2014. Before that he and his family lived in Minnesota, where he served a small church as a pastoral intern working with families, children, teens, and college students. In 2012 Nate received a Master of Ministry degree from Bob Jones University. Pastor Nate loves preaching and interacting with people. He has a burning desire to see young people come to faith and be discipled through the Word of God. Nate plays and watches nearly every sport. He enjoys hunting, as well as rebuilding cars, in his spare time. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two daughters: Abigail and Joanna.
Robert A. McLaughlin
Position: Pastor of Education & Outreach
Bob McLaughlin was added to the staff as Pastor of Education and Outreach in July 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Baptist Bible Seminary and took additional classes at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Bob has served as Pastor at First Baptist Church, Oglesby, IL (three years); Ambassador Baptist Church, Royal Oak, MI (over twenty-five years); and Herring Lake Baptist Church, Frankfort, MI (twelve years). After retiring in August 2015, he returned to this area and joined Grace Baptist Church. Bob is also serving as Director of the Birmingham Bible Institute. He and his wife, Helen, have two sons and five grandchildren.
Charles J. Whitfield
Position: Founder and Pastor Emeritus
A native of the North Woodward area, Dr. Whitfield founded Grace Baptist Church in 1956 and the Birmingham Bible Institute in 1973. He also served as an instructor at the Bible Institute. Pastor and Mrs. Whitfield have hosted many excursions to the Bible lands and sites in the Middle East, and Europe. Pastor Whitfield’s academic degrees include Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE), Master of Religious Education (MRE), and Doctor of Divinity.
Melissa S. Fenner
Position: Church Secretary
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 2
Melissa Fenner has attended Grace Baptist Church since late 1980. She served in a variety of areas before becoming Church Secretary in June 1987: AWANA leader, Sunday School teacher, choir member, BBI concessions manager, and visitation ministry team participant. As Church Secretary, some of her responsibilities include preparing the midweek prayer sheet and Sunday bulletin, designing posters, ordering Sunday School materials, arranging calls for the prayer ministry, and maintaining the church calendar. In 1989 she became Registrar of Birmingham Bible Institute. Melissa is a graduate of Wayne State University.
Shawna P. Fenner
Position: Bookkeeper & Webmaster
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 4
Shawna Fenner has been a member of Grace since 1986 and joined the staff part-time in 1994, assisting Melissa in a variety of areas as needed. Shawna manages the bookstore and has been an instructor at Birmingham Bible Institute since 1988. She became the webmaster for the church, Bible Institute, and Project Delta websites in 2015; and bookkeeper in 2016. Shawna has an A.B. from Oberlin College and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University and studied extensively at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.
Position: Building Superintendent
Office: 248-646-2000 ext. 6
Garry and his wife, Gail, have been members of Grace since 1982. Garry has been on staff since 1998. He is currently the church pianist and frequent soloist, and works in and with various vocal groups at Grace. Garry holds a B.R.E. degree from Midwestern Baptist College, where he graduated in 1981. Garry and Gail have two adult sons, Timothy and Matthew.