John Sweet / Senior Pastor

John grew up in Lakeland, Florida, graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and Reformed Theological Seminary (back to FL), then ministered in Brooklyn, New York, for a decade as a pastor and church planter in a neighborhood centered multi-congregation network. Most recently he served as assistant pastor at Grace Marin in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having missed the middle of the country in their journeying, he and Kathy, (married in 2001) and their three children—Micah, Asher and Kate are glad to be starting a new chapter here at Grace + Peace in Austin.

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Mary carlisle crehore / women's & family ministry

Mary Carlisle was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and attended Vanderbilt University. Raised in the Episcopal church, she encountered the Reformed tradition and PCA via RUF at Vandy. She moved to Austin to complete the RUF internship at UT, and almost instantly felt Grace + Peace would be her church home. When she's not working, Mary Carlisle enjoys going on walks, being with friends and their dogs, drinking coffee and eating tacos, and working out with Camp Gladiator.

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Mac Meador / Minister of Music & Young Adults

Mac is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary (2013), studying International Relations. After college, he moved to Washington D.C. to be the college minister of Fourth Presbyterian Church. While he was there though, he felt the Lord was calling him to pursue and study music in the church. He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to complete an internship in Art and Worship.

After that year, he moved to Austin to come on staff at Grace + Peace as the Worship and Art Director. He is one of 5 kids, most of which are spread across the southern United States. He spends much of his time writing music, reading in coffee shops, and pretending he still has a shot at making the NBA.

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Mike St. John / Director of operations

Mike began his career in Dallas-Fort Worth in digital graphics, then in operations management. In 2009, he felt a calling to full-time church work and accepted a position in Austin. He received his Master of Arts in Ministry Practice (MAMP) with an emphasis on church administration from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2015. The same year, he and his family joined All Saints Presbyterian Church. Mike joined the Grace + Peace staff in 2018. Mike’s wife Ann is a 6th grade teacher at Regents School of Austin and they have five children – Nathanael, Max, Annaliese, Isabelle and Ethan. 

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