Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Ryan McMillian

Lead Pastor

Ryan has served as Lead Pastor at Grace Baptist since January 2019. He was born in Independence, MO and spent his first 30 years of life in Missouri. He met his wife Jenny at the local church he came to faith in, and they were married in 2005. They have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Emery and Eladie. Before coming to Grace, Ryan served several local churches in Missouri as pastor and as a county Director of Missions in North Carolina. Ryan loves fishing, Chiefs football, and Royals baseball.
Education:
M. Div [Christian Education] - Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2009)
Bachelor's [Christian Ministry] - Southwest Baptist University (2006)

Rob McLelland

Associate Pastor

Rob has served as Associate Pastor at Grace since December 2019. He and his wife Sam were married in 2007 and have two children, Eli and Paisley.  He was born in Fayetteville and is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from Rogers High School in 2001 before attending the University of Arkansas. Rob has served as a pastor at local churches in NWA for 14 years. Rob is a devoted supporter of Razorback sports and a big David Crowder fan.
Education:
Master's [Christian Leadership] - Liberty University (2014)
Bachelor's [Education] - University of Arkansas (2006)

Mitchell Yost

Worship and Youth Pastor

Mitchell has served as Worship and Youth Pastor at Grace since October 2020. He was born and raised in Rogers, AR and put his faith in Jesus while attending Grace's youth ministry back in 2007. He met his wife, Sarah, as they served together in Arkadelphia, AR, and were married in 2016. The Yosts then moved to North Carolina for Mitchell to attend seminary, where he served as worship leader at Union View Church in Franklinton, NC. Their two children, Judah and Elizabeth, were born during their time there. Mitchell returned to Arkansas and Grace after graduating in May 2020. He loves Cardinals baseball, Razorback basketball, and being on the river.
Education:
M. Div [Missiology] - Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2020)
Bachelor's [Music and Christian Studies] - Ouachita Baptist University (2015)

George Wisley

Education Pastor

George has been on staff at Grace since July 2020. He and his wife Linda have been married for over 40 years and have four children and ten grandchildren. George has served local churches in Arkansas and Missouri in a variety of pastoral roles for more than 20 years and owned a Christian bookstore in Rogers before transitioning to full-time pastoral ministry. He has also served as a writer and curriculum contributor for various publishers during his time in the Christian publishing industry.
Education:
Master's [Biblical Studies] - Emmanuel College/Cambridge Graduate School
Bachelor's [Biblical Studies] - Moody Bible Institute/John Brown University

John Nauman

Senior Adult Pastor

John has been on staff at Grace since July 2020. He served as Senior Pastor at Charity Baptist Church in Rogers for over 30 years. He holds a Master's degree in Education from the University of Arkansas and was previously employed in the University's Athletic Department. John oversees Grace's senior adult ministry - the "Prime Timers".
Master's, Bachelor's [Education] - University of Arkansas

Cindy Hankins

Office Manager

Cindy has served at Grace since 2011. She was born in Davis, CA before moving to Arkansas in 1969. She and her husband Terry have been married for 46 years and have two children, Ryan and Amy. Cindy holds both a Masters and Bachelors in Education from Henderson State University and worked in education for well over 40 years before her retirement. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-stitching, scrapbooking and reading along with supporting her Razorbacks.

Jim Walker

Head of Maintenance

Jim has been at Grace since 2011 and on staff for 3 years. He has 40+ years of experience in industrial maintenance and supervision. Jim and his wife Susan have been married for 21 years.