Dr. Justin Meier is lead pastor of Grace Church. Before coming to Grace Church, Pastor Justin served on the denominational staff of the Churches of God, General Conference (Findlay, OH) as the Church Expansion Strategist working in the areas of church planting and church renewal. He also served as the Regional Director of Western Region of the CGGC.
Dr. Meier is a consultant to both local churches and denominations, a conference speaker, bible college and seminary teacher, and he also writes. His book Reclaim Your Mission will be released in fall 2018. Justin is married to Laura Beth, and they have three children; Lilly, Eli Hezekiah, and Josiah. The Meiers came to Richmond, MO to help restart and revitalize Grace Church (formerly Richmond Church of God) by sharing God's message of abundant grace through Jesus. As a family they love to work with people and see them grow into everything God has created them to be.
Serving our city is a core value of Grace Church. Justin has been elected to our City Council, he serves as President of our area Chamber of Commerce, he is President of the Ray County Coalition, and former President of Bridge of Hope women’s resource center.
Every once in awhile you will see our pastor wear a priest’s collar or clerical robes. He is a recognized Bishop in the Anglican Church (another denomination or type of church). While he usually preaches in jeans and a button up, you may see him dressed differently in different places.
Justin likes to coach sports, is a fan of Dave Matthews Band, enjoys hunting and fishing, loves to vacation at the beach and is always looking forward to what God is going to do next.
Laura Beth Meier is the women's pastor and at Grace Church. She is married to Pastor Justin and they have three amazing kids. Laura Beth has served on the Churches of God national Women's Ministry Team and has spoken at local, regional, and national conferences.
Laura Beth loves helping women discover and use their gifts in their homes, church, and community. She has a heart to serve the Richmond community and the surrounding area. She transitioned to the staff of Grace Church from the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services in Findlay, OH. She also serves as the director D.D. Services for Ray County Board of Services.
Laura Beth enjoys reading, scrapbooking, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends. She's always up for a good cup of coffee or tea.
Randall Lavene currently serves Grace Church as Associate Pastor. When not at Grace, he works a 9 to 5 as a banker in Kansas City, MO. Pastor Randall also serves the people of our community and our country as a Technical Sgt in the United States Air Force Reserves. Randall has two Associate Degrees in accounting and communications, he also is working on a diploma from Richmond Bible Institute in partnership with Trinity Seminary. Pastor Randall is married to his amazing wife Melanie and they share two adult daughters and an adult son, along with a few grand kids.
Randall is originally from Nebraska. He loves to hunt and he loves the Huskers!
Patricia (Trish) Fields serves as the Youth Minister at Grace Church. She is an Army Veteran and currently volunteers and serves with the Ray County VFW. Not only does Trish serve the church and veterans, but she can be found all over the community helping with things like the RHS art club and other community organizations. Trish not only is amazing with Jr. High and Sr. High School kids, but also helps Pastor Justin direct our Wednesday after school program, Drop Zone, for younger kids. She has an amazing gift of finding a message from God in nearly every song she hears. She isn't bad with putting the choreography together with it too!
Trish is so amazing with kids because she is raising three of her own. Trish has an amazing life story and God is at the center of it. If you ever get the chance ask her to share story, do. You will find her story and her life always encouraging you to "Be Amazing!"
Trish is currently taking classes through Mid-Western Baptist Seminary and Richmond Bible Institute.
606 S. Camden St Richmond, MO 64085 816-776-5901 Justin@cggc.org