Leadership & Staff

Say hello to the leadership team at Grace Community Church

Meet our leadership


David Burke

Larry Fuller

Dave Spahr

Michael Pivirotto

Matthew Palmer

JP Patterson


Dave Partington

Lance Pyle

Duane Reindl

Rob Kidney

John Patterson, Sr.

Jeff Markle

Robert Stanziola

Matthew Palmer - Lead Pastor

Matthew was born in Lenoir, NC but moved to N. Myrtle Beach, SC at a young age. He and his wife, Penny both grew up in the same area. They both began a relationship with the Lord at a young age and attended the same youth group in high school. They both had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. After high school Matthew went to Erskine College in Due West, SC where he earned a double major in History and Sociology. His senior year at Erskine he began dating Penny. (Although they started dating in college, they have known each other since kindergarten!) They were engaged in Africa on a mission trip in 1999 and were married later in May of 2000. They moved to the Bluffton/Hilton Head area in 2001 where Matthew served as the Youth Pastor at Grace Community Church. In February 2012, he was called and now serves as the Lead Pastor at Grace Church. Matthew and Penny have two sons; Rivers and Wells. Matthew continues his education at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary towards and Masters in Christian Leadership.

Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NASB)

‘Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.’

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Seth Shirley - Worship Pastor

Seth grew up in Honea Path, SC, and recently moved to the Hilton Head area. He and his wife, Melody, have three children, Asher, Emelia and Nathan. Seth received his Masters of Education from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC, and has taken 15 hours of seminary classes. He served as the Worship Pastor and Director of Ministry Teams in Statesboro, GA prior to coming to Grace.

He has a passion to shepherd God’s people in the areas of worship leading and discipleship—to daily see and help others see the glory of God in Christ through the Word, to see our daily need for the Spirit of Christ and His grace, and to see our faith expressing itself in sacrificial love toward one another.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 ESV

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Charlynn Bonham - Director of Kids Ministry

Charlynn was born in Illinois and lived there during her childhood years. She relocated to Florida while growing up, and then attended college at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. At ORU, she met her husband, John. They were married over 23 years ago and have a daughter, Bethany, a son, Gideon, and a third child waiting on them in heaven.

Charlynn has been working in ministry with children and youth since 1993. She has experiences in many youth ministry capacities, from being a Sunday school teacher, to events and banquet planner for many school programs, to lead teacher for various children’s programs in churches over the years. She also served as a staff member for a local Children’s Mininstry, and formerly worked as a full-time houseparent for more than 42 young men with drug and alcohol issues before returning to the Lowcountry in 2010. She continues to follow after God’s leading in bringing her here to Grace.

Charlynn has a heart and passion for ALL children to come to know the Lord as their personal Savior. She wants children to see church as being fun and exciting! She has a heart to see children engaged in learning God’s Word.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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Keagan Thein - Director of Student Ministry

Keagan was Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but has spent most of his young adulthood in the central Illinois region. He comes from a big family consisting of five brothers including himself. Being an Identical twin isn’t easy, especially when they’re are TWO sets! Keagan loves his family and loves people. He is passionate about young people, and desires that they would know the relentless love that only Jesus can give. He is a graduate from Western Illinois University, a degree in the Arts & Sciences, including focuses in Communications. He has been involved with Youth ministry for eight years, worship ministry even longer. 

Psalms 8:4 ESV “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”

Romans 8:38-39 ESV “For I am Sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Kelsie Dion - Administrative Assistant

Hilton Head Island is her hometown.

She has been here since birth and has a deep love for the beauty and peace of the South Carolina coast and Low country. She is so thankful for parents that exemplified Christian lives, that she met her husband at Grace Community Church as well as many dear treasured friends, and for the true honor and opportunity to serve in the name of Jesus and for his glory.

‘And now, dear lady, this is not a new command but is the same command we have had from the beginning. I ask you that we all love each other. And love means living the way God commanded us to live. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is this: Live a life of love’. 2 John 1:5-6

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Mary Jane Hoey - Administrative Assistant

My husband, Jack and I moved permanently to Hilton Head from Pittsburgh, PA where we had raised our 6 children. Very soon after we moved, we began attending Grace Community Church. Jack went to heaven in 2012 and I began to get more involved at Grace. In 2016, I volunteered to work full time in the front office, answering the phone and greeting visitors and am so very blessed the Lord gave me this wonderful opportunity! I feel one of my main jobs at Grace is to assist the Staff in any way I can. 

Susy Rardon - Missions Coordinator

Susy is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Hilton Head area since 2003.

She graduated from Washington Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education and Bible. She and her husband, Rod, have three adult children; Zac, Alli and Greg.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)

Stacey Brewer - Director of Communications

Stacey is originally from Asheville, NC, and attended Blue Ridge College. She moved to the Hilton Head area in 1998.

She has two daughters, Sierra and Shayla, and grandsons, Zay and Kayden. She is forever grateful for the opportunities in serving the Lord at Grace, and is so thankful for her church family.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Kimberly Pyle - Children's Ministry Assistant

Kimberly was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended California University of Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She also met her husband Lance while attending college. In 2005 she and her family relocated to Charleston, SC and lived there for 9 years before moving to Hilton Head Island.

Kimberly works for Beaufort County Schools District as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher and also works for the Neighbor Outreach Connection as a tutor. She has one daughter, Emma, who is currently a Sophomore at Wofford College. She loves working with school age children and is excited about working with the children at Grace and to be a part of their spiritual growth as they learn about Jesus.

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belong to such as these.”