Pastors & Staff

Pastor matt shackleford

Lead Pastor

Pastor Matt is the Lead Pastor of Grace Bible Church. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children: Caleb, Selah, and Phoebe. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, movies, and bonfires! Pastor Matt has served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and Southern California. His goal is to glorify God by shepherding well and preaching Christ-centered expositional messages that bring glory to God and joy to God’s people. Matt has earned theological degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D. & Th.M. candidate).  Pastor Matt can be heard weekdays at 6:30pm throughout Central Ohio on 91.5 Freedom FM through the radio program “Moment of Truth."

Joe bennett

Worship Minister

Joe and his wife Chloe are parents to their son Judah. They graduated from Cedarville University, where they met and traveled together on Cedarville’s touring worship teams.  Joe is currently pursuing his M.Div. through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and he and Chloe could not be more excited to be at a church that is serious about being real and growing together in the Word of God.

Josiah smith

Youth Minister

Josiah and his wife Mackenzie graduated from Cedarville University before getting married in August of 2018. While attending there, Josiah studied both Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Josiah is also currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is passionate about seeing youth become true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Both Josiah and Mackenzie have a passion for ministry, and are beyond excited to be a part of what God is doing at Grace Bible Church.

Sylvia Bastress

Office Administrator 

Sylvia has been a member of Grace Bible Church since 2014. In June of 2018 Sylvia took on the role of Office Administrator. Her organizational skills and administrative mindedness are a blessing to all of the ministries of Grace. She consistently demonstrates servant leadership, displaying joy in all that she does around the office. What Sylvia loves most about her job is being able to work behind-the-scenes to allow those "out front" to be most effective. 

Tom Bastress

Director of Children's Ministry 

Tom joined the elder team at Grace in 2015 after completing his seminary pastoral internship. His passion is preaching, teaching, and equipping believers unto maturity (cf. Eph. 4:11-16). He was saved as a child when his mom led him to the Lord in the living room of their home. During his sophomore year in college, Tom and Sylvia met. The two were married the summer after Tom’s graduation and now have four fun-filled children.
Along with his undergraduate degree in English from Pensacola Christian College, Tom also earned a M.B.A. from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) and a M.Div. from Summit University of Pennsylvania.

Rhonda Corbin


Ashley Forquer

Nursery Director 

Ashley Forquer has faithfully served in the children’s ministry at Grace for over 16 years and has loved every minute of it. She says her favorite thing is getting to take care of everyone’s precious children while simultaneously connecting with and serving alongside countless others. We appreciate Ashley’s servants heart and her passion to care for our kids at Grace!

Don Eversole

Media Director