Elders

As a Presbyterian church, Grace is governed by a session, consisting of elders. Each congregation chooses its own elders according to biblical qualifications noted in 1 Timothy and Titus in the New Testament. Ordained elders are called to administer the government of the church, participate in the administration of the sacraments, meet the spiritual needs of members, and shepherd the flock of God.

Wessel Dirksen

Wessel is the son of missionaries in the Christian Reformed Church and spent part of his childhood in Brazil. After studying at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Michigan, Wessel worked in Cleveland, where he met his wife Kathy and their two daughters were born. They came to Grace OPC when Wessel took a job at OSU, where he’s worked the past 16 years in cancer research. Wessel’s family loves serving the people of Grace OPC and they hope and pray that God will allow them to be part of this congregation until He calls them to be with Him. In his free time, Wessel enjoys spending time with his family, studying the Bible, reading books on theology and church history, and watching soccer and college football. The Dirksens live in Worthington.

Luke Gritter

Luke and his wife Shelley moved to the Columbus area in 2009, and they joined Grace OPC shortly thereafter. Although they initially knew no one in the area, their connection to the church family at Grace quickly made Columbus feel like home. Luke and Shelley have four daughters and two sons, and they currently live in Liberty Township. Luke works as an engineer with a small consulting company in Worthington, and whenever he can find some free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, studying the Biblical languages, and reading in a variety of subject areas. He has been an elder at Grace since 2019.

Chuck Shanks

Chuck Shanks was originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and moved to Ohio in 2001. He joined Grace Presbyterian in 2003. He’s been the happy husband to Kat since 2008, and they live in Marysville. Chuck works for IBM and enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He appreciates that Grace Presbyterian is first and foremost committed to the ordinary means of grace in ministering to the church, and to proclaiming the gospel locally and to the nations. Chuck has been an elder since 2012, and he gets great joy in serving and learning along with the other elders and deacons and watching as God does extraordinary work through ordinary people.

Joe Stafford

Joe and his wife Molly are charter members of Grace, where they began worshipping in 1978 as newlyweds. The Lord blessed their family with five sons and they have found Grace to be a good and faithful place to raise a family. Joe and Molly have been able to worship with his parents as well as their children and grandchildren for many years now. Joe has served as an elder since 1983, and he counts it a privilege to work alongside other men committed to serving the gifted, committed, and giving congregation of Grace. For the last forty years, Joe has worked as an accountant in the agricultural and environmental industries. He enjoys reading history, biographies, and theology in his spare time.

Randy Wilson

Randy and his wife Christine first visited Grace OPC in 2001 and knew they had found their church home. Consistent reformed preaching, warm welcoming fellowship, and a pastor and a session with a desire to serve the Lord in everything they do made it a wonderful place to worship. Serving as an elder since 2012 has been a joy for Randy. He is blessed to be a part of a church and a session of godly men who believe in spreading the gospel and strive to show God’s grace in everything they do. As Randy settles into retirement after 34 years in the pharmaceutical business, he enjoys cooking delicious dinners for his beautiful wife and loves spending time volunteering, hiking and gardening. The Wilsons live in Dublin and have two adult children.