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Scott Bull

Lead Pastor


Scott Bull, Lead Pastor of Grace Community Church, is married to his high school sweetheart, Deb Bull and together they have five children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.  He grew up in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, on an apple and cherry fruit farm, where he learned he was NOT called to be a Farmer.  It is also in Michigan where Scott developed his third love….University of Michigan football.  He will quickly acquiesce to being a Very Humble Michigan Football Fan though, but hopeful.  At the age of 22, Scott was called into ministry and attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids and then Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.  After serving in student ministries for nineteen years and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for 5 years, he was called by The Vine Community Church (Cumming, GA) to plant Grace Community Church in Buford, GA.

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Jim Bland

Assistant Pastor


Jim Bland has been a Presbyterian minister for nearly 50 years. In addition to serving as senior minister to churches in Alabama, Florida and Texas, Jim’s also served as Coordinator of Mission to North America for the last 18 years. The best part of his work over the years? He said it was seeing lives changed by the grace of God.

Jim also loves seeing the passion Grace Community Church has for those around them.

“My dream is that we never lose our passion for seeing lost people found and for maturing them through discipleship to become more Christ-like. I want others to know that GCC is a welcoming, growing family of believers who understand that God’s grace changes everything.”

Jim and his wife Linda rejoice in celebrating over 50 years of marriage. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.

When he’s not working in the church, Jim loves watching sports or catching up with some of his favorite books.

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Benjamin Echard

Worship Leader / Youth Pastor


Benjamin Echard is the worship leader and student pastor at Grace Community Church. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, lived in Indiana for two years, and ended up in Georgia, where he eventually met his beautiful wife Makenzie. He’s blessed that this is the second time he’s had the opportunity to serve under Scott Bull, and he is filled with excitement to see how God uses him and Grace Community Church to spread the good news of His grace in the communities of Buford and Flowery Branch. Benjamin has attended Ohio State (much to Scott’s dismay), as well as several other schools. He’s currently finishing his bachelor’s in worship studies at Liberty University.

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Rich Sander

Administrative Assistant to Lead Pastor