Leadership and Staff

Pastor Ben Kifer

Greetings in Christ! I am Pastor Ben, and I’m thrilled to serve God in this community! My family and I moved to Raleigh in June of 2021, and my first Sunday with Grace was July 4th. I was Baptized February 8th, 1983 and Ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in February of 2013. I have spent my whole eight plus year career in North Carolina and am glad to call Raleigh home. I grew up in the Midwest, in Chicago and Iowa. I moved back to Chicago as an adult before attending seminary. I received Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, in 2005 in History and English. I lived briefly in the Phoenix, AZ area before moving on to attending Seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. I graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Divinity degree, and was approved for Candidacy. I see God’s hands at work throughout this journey, leading me here step by step. I am so grateful to be husband to Stacey, my wife of 10 years, and father of two amazing little girls.

Bonnie Morrison

Office Manager: Bonnie is our Office Manager. She is responsible for our church operations, facility management and communications.

SK Chipley

Worship Organist & Pianist: SK serves as our Organist and Pianist. She accompanies our choirs and participates in worship planning with our Director of Music and Celebrate Mission Team.

Ann Goldfinch

Director of Music: Ann is our Music Director. She directs the children, youth and adult choirs, plans weekly worship services, and works with congregation musicians of all ages to prepare special musical offerings for worship.

Lynn Hess

Director, The School of Grace: Lynn is the Director of The School of Grace, a non-profit ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. Lynn was one of the founders of The School of Grace Preschool which has been educating children since 1995.

Whitewater Grigsby

Live Stream Technician Whitewater produces our Sunday morning live streams and assists the church with other A/V needs.