Senior Pastor


Jonathan Schaeffer

Jonathan Schaeffer

Senior Pastor | email | x103

Jonathan has always been a big Cleveland fan, and he's grateful to be living and serving in his hometown!  Following pastorates in Nyack, NY, and Piscataway, NJ, Jonathan returned to Grace in 1998 to become Senior Pastor. He invests the bulk of his ministry time teaching God's Word, casting vision, and leading the staff team at Grace.

The sixth of nine children, Jonathan credits his parents as the primary influences in his spiritual formation; their integrity, example, and prayers were a huge gift. The aim of Jonathan’s life is simply this:  "Growing in my love for the Lord Jesus and for people who matter so much to Him…here and around the world." 

Following graduation from Midpark High School (1982), Jonathan completed studies at Capernway Bible School (certificate), Columbia International University (B.A., M.A), Alliance Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Min). He also serves part-time as Corporate Vice-President and Board Chair for The Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA), our church’s denomination.  

Jonathan and Mary love doing life and ministry together and are grateful for the time they get to enjoy with their five children: Lauren, Nathan, Joy, Anna, and Andrew.


Pam Abend

Pam Abend

Executive Assistant to Pastor Schaeffer | email | x103

Pam joined the Grace Church staff team in 2005 and serves as Pastor Jonathan's ministry assistant. She and her family have attended Grace since 2001 after initially following someone’s advice to “just give this big church six weeks.” They have been here ever since!

Pam and Bryan were married in 1981 and have two married daughters and three grandsons. They love opening their home to small group Bible studies and serving together in Prayer and Marriage ministries. Bryan also sings in the choir.

In her free time, Pam enjoys collecting old recipe books and doing anything that involves spending time with Bryan. She and Bryan also enjoy sharing fun times with their family and grandsons. :) Her favorite scripture verse is James 5:16: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."






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