Elders

ELDERS, OR PASTORS, ARE THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH GIVEN OVER TO PREACHING, TEACHING, COUNSELING, AND LEADING. 

  • JOSHUA B. HENSON

    Pastor Josh is happily married to Christina and is a father to Cohen and Caleb. The Lord sovereignly brought Josh to saving faith at the age of 18. Josh is a firm believer in a ministry characterized by the ordinary means of grace. He has studied in Israel, was a missionary-teacher in Mexico for three years, is an avid cyclist, loves watching Star Wars with his kids, going to the beach with his family and reading good books. His favorite book in the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Josh holds a B.A. in Biblical Exposition from The Master's University, an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Old Testament Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 


  • KEN OCHSENREITHER

    Ken came to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in the fall of 1983. A few months later he began attending our church and has been involved in increasing capacities ever since. Ken served as a Deacon for 20 years before his installment as an Elder in 2011. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a photographer in 2004 and retired from the US Postal Service in the spring of 2017. He currently serves the church as an  administrative assistant. Ken and his lovely wife Lori stay busy with ministry and keeping up with their three college-age sons: Joel, Luke and Noah. When he does get some free time Ken enjoys bicycle repair and restoration. 

  • Jim Sireci

    In 1977, Jim was stationed on Guam when he received the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus. He was baptized in the Pacific Ocean and began serving the Lord in a local Baptist church. Jim left the Navy for a few years and attended Bible college where he met and married his best friend, Renee in 1983. 

    Jim returned to the Navy where he served the Lord in various capacities on two ships, in Alaska, Scotland, Florida, Maine, and Washington state. Since retiring from the Navy in 2007, Jim has worked in various positions as a government contractor, small business owner, and most recently a Project Manager at ADP. Jim earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 


    Jim was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at Grace Covenant Church in November 2018. Jim and Renee have four married children and eight grandchildren. Jim takes great joy in 1 Corinthians 1:23-31.

Deacons

DEACONS ARE SERVANTS OF THE CHURCH COMMITTED TO MEETING THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF GOD'S PEOPLE.

  • Matt and Tara Schultz have been married for almost twenty years and have three children: Mackenzie, Jamisenne, and Liam. The Lord began to draw Matt to Himself after a providential time of hardship in his teens, and converted him at the age of twenty-one. Matt holds a Working Chef/Business Certification from Baltimore International Culinary College. By God’s grace, Matt was given a heart for service early in life.  He has been working as a general restaurant manager for eleven years, and worked as an executive chef for several years before that. He was appointed as a deacon for Grace Covenant in 2014, and has a strong desire to serve Christ through good stewardship and benevolence toward the church and its body, in whatever capacity is needed. Seeing his family grow spiritually while sitting under the preached Word, and experiencing the love amongst members at Grace Covenant have been two of his greatest joys. Matt is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and enjoys a variety of cuisines and dining experiences while on dates with his wife. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Matt is (of course) an avid Redskins fan, and enjoys watching them play.  He also enjoys spending every spare moment he can with his family when he’s not working, whether it be taking them to the beach or watching Star Wars movies together. Having learned to embrace life “under the sun,” Matt’s favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.

  • Kenny Rhea is a native of Hampton Roads, born and raised in Norfolk. He began attending Grace in 2007 at the invitation of his brother and sister-in-law and was converted a year later under the ministry of former pastor Joe Gilliam. Kenny's service and love for the Grace Covenant community is evident to all and the church has been blessed by his diaconal service since 2012. Kenny stays busy working in the family business at R&R Motor Company and body shop. He and his beautiful wife Leeann love their enormous Goldendoodle Boomer and look forward to every minute they get to spend with their two grandsons Terrance and Gabriel.

  • Calvin and his wife Barbara have been married for over 45 years and have been at Grace Covenant for 40 years. Calvin has served for 20 years as a treasurer and secretary on the deacon board. They have two children and love to spend their time perfecting their Ballroom, Square, and Round dancing skills.