GRASSROOTS Church has a polycentric, multifaceted leadership team that operates as a Pneumacracy (Pneuma = Greek for “Spirit,” cracy = rule). Within GRASSROOTS, we recognize that the Holy Spirit rules and reigns among us as a sign of the already/not yet kingdom. As God lovingly shapes and reshapes GRASSROOTS Church, the Spirit is inspiring, forming, and motivating people to provide leadership for the GRASSROOTS family. This includes Servant Overseers, Church Servants (Deacons), Gift Ministries (Equippers), Gospel Community Servants, and others. Polycentric leadership models the interrelation of the Trinity, where there is an interdependent, communal, relational, participatory, self-surrendering and self-giving approach to leadership through which we, together, surrender ourselves in humility to the rule and reign of Jesus and one another.
Ryan and Hillary Yoder
Worship Coordinator, Church Servants, Gospel Community Servants
Hillary grew up on the West Coast in California, Ryan in the Plains of Kansas. They moved to Colorado around the same time and lived in neighborhoods close in proximity. In 2009, their paths finally crossed at the Broadmoor around Christmas time. They fell in love and were married in 2011, and the rest is history. They have a cute and spunky little girl whom they love dearly. Through painful childhoods and broken teenage years, God has made, and is making, amazing and beautifully restored things from their brokenness. Ryan and Hillary are passionate about building up the church to maturity and seeing those who have strayed come back into relationship with God through Christ while being restored within His church. GRASSROOTS has been a wonderful and redemptive part of their lives since 2014. They deeply appreciate GRASSROOTS’ family feel and how they’re continually challenged to grow in their faith, service, and missional living.
Church Servant, Gospel Community Servant
Trevor grew up in central Minnesota and moved Colorado Springs in 2014. He loves being a part of GRASSROOTS because it is home and family, and continues to challenge him to live deeper into the Gospel in his community. God has used GRASSROOTS to redeem his view of the Church and how He works in and through the transparency, vulnerability and beautiful mess that is biblical community. He is passionate about seeing lives transformed by God’s radical grace through relationship, community, and discipleship. He has also been known to disappear into the mountains to snowboard, fly fish, hike, and take pictures.
Ryan and Ana Lisa Johnson
Church Servant, Gospel Community Servants
Ryan and Ana Lisa Johnson grew up in the DFW area in Texas. They met and got married in college at UNT in Denton, TX. Shortly after moving to Colorado Springs, they connected with GRASSROOTS, and have been committed ever since. They love being a part of the GRASSROOTS family because they are challenged to live every part of their lives missionally under the Lordship of Jesus. They appreciate the fact that GRASSROOTS seeks to live in close, interconnected relationship with one another, always seeking to build each other up and point each other to Jesus. Ryan and Ana Lisa are passionate about music, teaching, music, electrical engineering, music, cooking, people, and seeing people changed by the forgiveness and redemption that Jesus offers.
Paul and Kendra Gagich
Church Servant, Gospel Community Servants
Paul and Kendra grew up in Wyoming and were high school sweet hearts and have been married for 22 years. They moved to Colorado Springs in January of 1997 and this has been home since. Paul was in the Air Force for 4 years which is what brought them to the Springs area. Paul currently is a medical device sales rep for a company called Synthes where he helps to put people back together with plates and screws when they break something. Kendra is a stay at home mom for their beautiful and energetic 3.5 year old daughter Addison whom they adopted back in 2013 (a true answer to prayer). Prior to this she was in the dental field for over 20 years as an assistant. They really enjoy spending time with family and friends and when time allows they like to fly fish, go rafting, rock climbing, snowboarding and getting up into the mountains!! Paul and Kendra love gRc and it has been their family away from family since 2009 when gRc was first planted and when they were saved. They enjoy the intimate family feel that gRc has and how it has radically changed the way they think and feel about the church in general. It has been a redemptive part of their lives, which has caused and challenged them to live more missionally minded and has also spurred the desire to go deeper in relationship with Christ and others.
Scott and Anna Olson
Servant Overseer, Gospel Community Servants
Scott and Anna grew up in Texas and have been married more than 22 years. Their missional journey has taken them from Central and North Texas to Portland, OR, Canon City, CO and as of 2013, landed them in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. Scott is the pastor of gRc while Anna works as an administrative assistant for the D11 School District. They’ve been a part of planting five churches while equipping and sending other missional practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. Scott and Anna both studied Music Education in college; however, Scott has also received a MAPS, MDiv, and DMin in Missional Leadership. Scott loves all things theological, good movies, good food and hanging out with friends. Anna loves the ocean, coffee, board games and the Colorado sunshine. Both are passionate about living missionally in our city, awakening kingdom dreams within others, and pursuing holistic health. They have one teenage son still living at home, another married son, and a grandson.