Staff


Austin Porter – Youth Ministries Director
  • Born in Salt Lake City, Utah %
  • Married to Emily %
  • Deep passion for studying God's word %
  • Seminary student %

Austin Porter – Youth Ministries Director

I was born and raised as a “pastor’s kid” outside of Salt Lake City, Utah for all of my life until God took me to Sterling, Kansas where I attended Sterling College. At Sterling College. God gave me the pleasure of not only receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in New Testament Biblical Studies, but He also allowed me to fall more in love with His Word and His people in a way that has changed my life dramatically and placed me on a trajectory for full-time vocational ministry with His precious local church.

Just before heading out of state to college, I met my dear wife, Emily, at a children’s home in Tijuana, Mexico. From that point on, God has grown us together until we would become happily married in July 2016. Emily is the most important person in my life, and her presence in my life is evidence of God’s grace to me.

While in College, God also allowed me the opportunity to serve at two churches in the Bay Area of California during the summer doing High School Ministry and College Ministry with students from local universities. Upon graduation from college, Emily and I got married in the Bay Area and then quickly moved to Littleton, Colorado so that I could attend Denver Seminary in the fall of 2016. During 2016 God graciously provided me the opportunity to work in Children’s Ministry at a local congregation until He brought me to GracePoint to be the new Youth Director. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the GracePoint family and I am SO excited to lead the Youth Group program!

A few last pieces of information that will help you get to know me are that I have a deep passion for studying God’s Word and local church ministry, and God has placed a burden on my heart for ministry to Mormons. Outside of church life, I enjoy cooking, listening to audiobooks, and Emily and I love anything that is active and outside in God’s beautiful creation!

Emily Foster – Children’s Ministry Director
  • From Virginia %
  • Married with 4 children %
  • Loves children %
  • In Children's Ministry for over 20 years %

Emily Foster – Children’s Ministry Director

I was born and raised in Virginia where my family’s roots run deep, especially in the Eastern Shore of the state.  I met my husband, Tim, while working in the Northern Virginia area and we were married in 1989.  We were blessed to have had 4 children of which two are married now.  I have been active in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years.  I love children and have always been driven to introduce them to a loving God who not only loves them but wants a relationship with them.  My goal put simply is to introduce children to God in Christ and build a base that supports them going forward into their adolescent years.  I have always taught using Biblically centered curricula because that is the starting block in their journey to know Him.  In short, my hope is to teach your children about God and for them to have fun while doing it.

 

Tim Foster – Worship Leader
  • From Virginia %
  • LifeLong Musician and Singer %
  • Married to Emily with 4 children, Jane and Ethan only ones at home %
  • Teaches piano %

Tim Foster – Worship Leader

Originally from Virginia where I married the love of my life Emily in 1989, our family moved here in June of 2015, following God’s call for change.  We prayed God would show us where He wanted us to serve and, after a long wait, He showed us GracePoint Community Church in February 2016.

A musician and singer most of my life, I began serving God as a Worship Leader in 1996 when there was a need for someone to step in a fill the position while they searched for a replacement.  Six months later that replacement was me.  Over the last 20 years, I have tried to use music to serve God in His Church; to encourage others in the faith with music.

The Presbyterian Church we left behind in Virginia currently has as it’s Worship Leader my son Connor who has served up front with me for many years.  It is a real joy to share in this ministry with Him.

I love spending time with Emily and the kids, watching movies, and photography.

Mindy Grudenich – Administrative Assistant
  • Originally from North Dakota %
  • Grew up in Oregon %
  • Attended St. Luke's School of Nursing %
  • Lived in California %
  • Member of GracePoint since 1995 %

Mindy Grudenich – Administrative Assistant

I am originally from North Dakota, but grew up in Oregon, and came to Colorado the first time to attend St. Luke’s School of Nursing, CU Denver in 1966.  I lived in California for a few years but came back to Colorado because all of my family was here. I worked as a physician’s assistant for 12 1/2 years and then went into medical transcription for 26 years. I was led to working for GracePoint as I felt God calling me to be centered here at the church. I have been a member of GracePoint Community Church since 1995. After moving to the Littleton/Englewood area in 2006, I have been able to be more involved in the church with Seniors Bible Study, the prayer group and the Food Bank ministry, which has been very rewarding for me.

Fred Lian – Senior Pastor
  • Renegade New Yorker, moved to Colorado in 1975 %
  • With GracePoint since 1986 %
  • Long-distance runner %
  • Serves in missions in Romania and Kazakhstan %
  • Grateful and humbled that God has granted His favor in placing him at GracePoint %

Fred Lian – Senior Pastor

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Yes, those photos are the present me and “back in the day” me. You can see that I really haven’t changed much.

Let me introduce myself to you. I am a renegade New Yorker who moved to Colorado in 1975 to attend Denver Seminary. I graduated with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and directed a Christian counseling center for six years. I went back to the seminary to take additional coursework to be ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and was called to GracePoint in 1986. After six years of classes, research and typing my thesis, I completed my Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001. What all that means is: I’ve been around for awhile.

The GracePoint congregation is a blessing from God. The people are a pastor’s joy to minister to, as well as alongside. And the staff I get to work with is pure delight. I am grateful and humbled that God would grant me His favor in placing me here.

In the photo to the right you will notice major evidence of God’s grace to me. Kerrie and I have been married since 1977. She has her own graphic design business. Our daughter is a student at Denver Seminary completing her MDiv degree, with the hopes of becoming a missionary. What you don’t see is our other “child” – an Old English Sheepdog who believes he runs the house.

My hobbies include running. I identify with Chariots of Fire‘s Eric Liddell, who said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” I’m not a world-class runner like he was, but I’ve run my share of races and marathons, including Denver, Chicago, New York and Boston.

I spend time on the missions field, having taught for five Februarys at a Bible school in Romania, and more recently, the past eight years ministering in Kazakhstan.84f4fe_3c53dab9a0814f5b96fff4099ec8f7bf

Pleasure reading and good dark chocolate (one of the proofs of the existence of God) also provide refreshment.

I’m one of the few people I know who wakes up in the morning and looks forward, not only to what God has planned, but also to what I get to do — ministry for the kingdom’s sake. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Williams James wrote, “The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” I’m trying my best.