Church Staff

  • Dr. Gary Colboch, Senior Pastor

    Dr. Gary Colboch was called as the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church on February, 5, 2017. Pastor Gary was born in Hialeah, FL and grew up in Hollywood, FL. He accepted Christ and was called into ministry at the First Baptist Church of West Hollywood when he was 17 years old. Pastor Gary is an alumnus of Hollywood Christian School, Baptist University of America (BS), Luther Rice Seminary (MAM), and Andersonville Theological Seminary (D.Min). He has served churches in Marietta, GA; West Palm Beach, FL; and Hartsville, SC. His ministry experience spans Children/Youth Ministry, Executive Pastor, and Senior Pastor positions, as well as involvement and oversight of two Christian schools.

     

    Pastor Gary has served as a hospital chaplain, chaplain with Motor Racing Outreach, co-founder of two crisis pregnancy centers, writer for a weekly faith column, camp and conference speaker, church fundraiser, and he has been part of two multi-million dollar church building / renovation projects. Pastor Gary also believes in engaging his community and has served in a variety of capacities including, but not limited to: Hospice Chaplain (2009-present), Board of Trustees for Luther Rice Seminary (2015-present), Board of Ethics for CPRMC (2014-2017), Board of Trustees for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center (2012-2017), Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce (2005-2015), Hartsville Economic Development Board (2007), Director of Hartsville’s July 4 Family Fireworks Festival (2004-2014), concert promoter, and various other community roles.

     

    Pastor Gary is passionate about church growth, loves spending time with his family, and enjoys golf and water sports. Gary and his wife Flora have three daughters: Courtney (Brandon) Butler, Bethany, and Lindsay.

  • Reverend Steve Allen, Administrative Pastor

    Steve has attended Grace Baptist Church for 19 years and has served on our church staff for 18 years. Born in Hammond, Indiana, he accepted Christ as his Savior through the testimony of an older brother and immediately became involved in a church youth group. God used this experience to call him into full-time ministry.


    In 1989, Steve completed his Bachelor's Degree in Church Ministries at Liberty University. He remained at Liberty to start working on his Master's Degree in Biblical Studies, however, he left before completing in order to go home and help with the family business. In 1995, he accepted an Associate Pastor position overseeing the youth and children's ministries at South Jacksonville Baptist Church. To complete his Master's, he enrolled at Southern Baptist School while teaching classes there, and then enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to work on a Master of Divinity Degree. While working in a sales position in South Florida, he began attending Grace Baptist Church and soon stepped into the position of Youth Pastor. It was here at Grace in 1998 that Steve met and married Amy. He now serves our church as Administrative Pastor. Steve and Amy have three teenagers--Erin, Emilie, and Jonathan--all involved with their parents in the ministries and outreach of Grace.

  • Reverend Luke Still, Pastor of Students

    Luke was born and raised right here in South Florida. He shares that growing up in a Christian home helped establish a firm foundation with his relationship with the Lord. As a young child, Luke gave his heart to Christ, however, it was not until the age of 16 while serving on the mission field that he surrendered his life to the Lord.

    After graduating from Highlands Christian Academy in 1999, Luke went on to Liberty University where he studied Biblical Studies with a specialization in Youth Ministry. In 2001, he returned home to South Florida and began serving as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of the Redlands. In 2003, Luke married Elizabeth who also grew up in South Florida, and in 2005, the Lord opened the door of opportunity for him to serve as Pastor of Students at First Baptist of Deerfield Beach. In 2010, God brought Luke and Elizabeth here to Grace to serve as Pastor of Students and also Chaplain of Highlands Christian Academy, his alma mater. Luke and Elizabeth have been blessed with eight incredible children: Landon, Keira, Malia, Caden, Nicole, Bilal, Brandon, and Christopher.

  • Mrs. Jennifer Utz, Administrative Assistant

    Jennifer Utz was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 5 in Sunday School. She was baptized at the age of 8. After graduating from Timothy Christian School in New Jersey, she attended Liberty University and graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in counseling. Upon moving to Florida in 1987, she became a member of Grace Baptist Church, and in 1990 married her college sweetheart, Troy, also a graduate of Liberty University.

    Jennifer joined the staff of Highlands Christian Academy, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church, in Admissions and as Development Director in 1997, before joining the staff of Grace as Administrative Assistant in 2010. She and Troy have been active in the church throughout the years leading a young married Sunday School class, small groups, The Gathering outreach ministry, along with the hospitality ministry, musical dramas, praise team, and choir ministries. 

  • Miss Julie Method, Children's Ministries Director

    Julie Method has faithfully attended Grace for 21 years and has been a vibrant part of many of our ministries throughout that time. After working and leading in children's church and our junior high youth ministry for over 12 years, Julie began serving as Children's Ministry Director in 2013, overseeing 1st - 5th grade Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She also serves each week in our Awana program.

    Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from Liberty University and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Baptist Bible Graduate School of Theology. She is a veteran faculty member at Highlands Christian Academy, currently teaching secondary Spanish and drama. She also directs the HCA Theater Department, producing a fall play and spring musical each year.