Our Pastor

The Rev. Karen Martin Kepner has been at Grace since November 2009.  She is a a native of South Bend, IN, a graduate of Roanoke College, Salem, VA, and of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA (now part of United Lutheran Seminary).  She has a passion for ministry to whole families and equipping them to passing on the faith in their own homes.

She is married to Ernest Martin, lives in Circleville with their little dog, Gus, and loves to knit and teach knitting. Since coming to Grace she has knitted a Raffle Item for each of Grace's Souper Bowl events, raising over $1830 for the food pantry to date.

email: GraceLutheranColfax@gmail.com

Our Musicians

Teresa Cathers (above) and Julie Singer (below) are our musicians.  Teresa generally plays our organ; Julie our keyboard.  But they often collaborate with each other and bring in other musicians to enhance our worship experience.  Christmas and Easter are favorite times for them to pull out all the stops.  Grace enjoys a Gospel Music Sunday each year, featuring both of these talented women at the keys, with favorite gospel hymns, new and old, often requested by the congregation.

Teresa lives in Reynoldburg and works at Safe Auto Insurance in Columbus.  Julie lives in Pleasantville and works in the finance department at B&W Diamond Power of Lancaster.

Additional Staff & Volunteers

  • Our Custodian

    Annabelle Kemmer lives up Elder Road near the church.  A busy wife and mother, she manages quite well to keep things very tidy.

  • Our Cemetery Manager

    Doug Crozier is our Cemetery Manager and a Trustee of the Congregation.  He lives in Sugar Grove, is retired from the Lancaster City Fire Department and helps keep the Cemetery running smoothly.  To contact Doug:  cdcrozier@gmail.com

  • Our Food Pantry Coordinator

    Dale Ferbrache, also our Congregation President, lives near the church on Lake Road, enjoying his retirement from Fairfield Union Local Schools.  As Coordinator of our Food Pantry Ministry, he recruits volunteers to serve at the Lutheran Social Services Choice Food Pantry on E. Main Street in Lancaster.  He also sees that donations brought to Grace are then taken to the Pantry itself.  Grace takes a turn serving the Pantry several times a year.

    To contact Dale:  daleferbrache@hotmail.com

Congregation Leadership

Get to Know our Congregation Council and Officers:

  • Dale ferbrache, President & Elder

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  • Christine McIntire,


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  • Charlotte Beyer, Treasurer

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  • Cindy Hill, Financial Secretary

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  • Renae Baker, Deacon

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  • Bob Beyer, Deacon

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  • Lori Burns, Deacon

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  • Steve Dupler, Deacon

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  • Kevin Elder, Elder

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  • David Rowles, Elder

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  • Keith Rowles, Elder

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  • Doug Crozier, Trustee

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  • Jerry Dupler, Trustee

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  • Karl Elder, Trustee

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  • Tim McIntire, Trustee

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The Reason

It may be just a doll, but our Jesus Doll has been all over the place, from homes of our families, especially those with children, to hospitals and physical rehab rooms, to the bedsides of the dying, and even to the Fairfield County Fair!  He was also with our friends at The Refuge.  Here you see he was just chillin' at the computer (above) and hangin' out with a shepherd (below).

The doll brings comfort for what it represents -- Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. ~ St. Matthew 28:20