Our Team

We are dedicated followers of Jesus, who use our unique God-given talents and passions to spread God’s Word across the globe, as well as to help one another grow and follow the calling God has placed on our lives.

Randy Thornton

Senior Pastor

Randy is the founder and Senior Pastor of Grace Church. After graduating from Grace College of Divinity, Randy and his wife Sarah were commissioned by the Lord to move with their young family to Southern Pines for the purpose of planting a church.

What began as a church plant in the reception area of an apartment complex, turned into a church with over 1,500 in attendance on a given Sunday. The mandate from God for Grace Church, has always been to “Fill the City with Jesus”, and the Lord continues to fulfill this mandate. With the help of God, Randy has assisted in establishing several ministries in the county such as Pregnancy Support Services, Pray Moore County, Sandhills Classical Christian School, and the American Family Radio (now K-LOVE).

Under Randy’s leadership, Grace Church has planted churches in Columbia, SC, Leland, NC, and in the nation of Honduras. Randy and Sarah reside in Pinehurst; they have four adult children and five incredible grandchildren.

Ryan Peterson

Spiritual Formation Pastor


In 2004, ryan made a decision to follow Jesus and slowly began to give up his pursuit of a tennis career.  He moved to North Carolina in 2006 from the great flat state of Kansas to teach tennis and was the director of a private tennis facility for three years.  While attending Grace Church, his hunger for the Lord drew him to volunteering at the church, enrolling in Bible school, and eventually joining the Grace Church staff.

After graduating from Grace College of Divinity in 2009, ryan was ordained as a pastor. Since then he has led men in small groups called Fight Clubs, led the Young Adults ministry, assisted Pastor Randy, helped with staff development, and now leads Groups and the Worship Experience. He is currently studying at Regent University for his Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation.

Pastor ryan married Rebekah Peterson in 2008. They have 3 lively children, Emory Eve, Hudson Roman, and Shepherd Sage. He enjoys time with his family, mountain biking, almost anything outside, reading books about Jesus, the brilliance of the local church, and all things concerning Spiritual Formation.

A.J. Catucci

Executive Pastor


Originally moving to Pinehurst, NC in 2013 to pursue a career as a PGA Golf Professional, A.J. quickly realized that God had other plans for his life. A.J. began attending the Twenty Thirty Young Adults Ministry and after fully surrendering his life to Christ began actively serving in the church. Shortly thereafter, A.J. joined the staff as an administrative assistant where he served under Pastor Ryan Peterson.

During his time at Grace, A.J. has held a few different positions from Director of the Twenty Thirty Young Adults Ministry to Director of the Men’s Ministry. After graduating from Grace College in Divinity in 2016 with a Bachelors in Divinity, A.J. was ordained and began serving as the Executive Pastor. A.J. also holds degrees in Business Administration and Financial Economics from Methodist University. A.J. is married to his beautiful wife Ashley and they live in Pinehurst, NC. They enjoy really good food, investing, and visiting any and all tropical locations.

Jonathan Thornton

Next Gen Pastor


Jonathan Thornton is the NextGen Pastor at Grace Church. He is married to Chandler and the couple has two beautiful daughters. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Public Relations. He and his family are passionate about seeing the next generation go after all that God has for them. In their free time, they love being outside and being adventurous.

Thomas Toguchi

Connections Pastor


Thomas committed his life to Jesus at 17. Thomas’s sister Ashleigh introduced him to Grace when he was in college and came to visit her at Fort Bragg in 2012. Despite his opportunities in social work, he took a leap of faith and moved to Southern Pines to be a part of Grace.

During his time at Grace, Thomas has been the Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry, Office Administrator, Middle School Pastor, and Groups Pastor.

Thomas. is married to his best friend Colleen and they live in Southern Pines, NC. They enjoy all yummy food, traveling adventures, and their incredible family and friends.

Matt Templeton

Worship Pastor


Matt was saved as a child and began to feel God’s call towards ministry at an early age.  Matt first came to Grace Church in the early 2000’s and began serving on the worship team.  Following his marriage to Natalie, they served in various capacities in the church including the worship team and leading the Twenty Thirty Young Adults Ministry, called 6:33 then. Before going into ministry full time, Matt worked as an Electrical Engineer.

Upon entering the ministry full-time, Matt was on staff at Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC. He held various positions in worship ministry and small groups at different campuses at Manna. Matt was ordained as a pastor in 2012. God then called Matt back to Grace Church to serve as the Worship Pastor in 2014. Matt is married to his beautiful wife, Natalie. They have three children: Adeline, Nella, and Asa. Matt enjoys traveling, music, coaching soccer, eating good food, and spending time with his family. The Templeton family lives in Whispering Pines, NC.

David Pratt

Care Ministries Pastor


David Pratt is a native of North Carolina and was born and raised in Moore County.   After separating from the Air Force, he and his wife Linda of 38 years, returned to Moore County and became active in church and the unity and prayer movements in the county.  The Pratt’s began attending Grace Church in 1997, and he became an elder for 12 years and began serving part-time as the small groups pastor and overseeing prayer ministry. He came on staff full time in 2008.

During his time at Grace, David has served as an elder, small groups pastor, overseeing men’s ministry, Freedom Weekend, and pastoral care. Currently he is the Director of Care Ministry overseeing counseling, prayer & prophetic ministry as well as support groups. David is a graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelors’ degree in Political Science and Business Administration with counseling courses from Pembroke State University and while employed at Sandhills Community College as a Career Specialist. He is certified through the American Association of Christian counselors in Pastoral Counseling. David is married to his beautiful wife, Linda and they live in Southern Pines, NC. They enjoy reading, horticulture, health and wellness.

Jimmy Coxe

Seven Lakes Campus Pastor


Jimmy and Joanna moved to Pinehurst NC when they were newlyweds. A co-worker at Campbell Soup Company invited Jimmy to Grace Church. He and his wife visited and quickly knew they found a church home. The church attendance at that time was approximately 25 people. Jimmy began actively serving at Grace. He has been blessed to be a part of the various stages of growth and looks forward to seeing many more.

During his time at Grace, Jimmy has held various positions. He was ordained as an elder in 1994. He was Director of the Men’s Ministry. Jimmy also actively leads and coaches small groups and has done so since Grace Church began them. Jimmy holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. He was bivocational for many years. He finished his career at Campbell Soup Company as the Quality Assurance Lab Manager. Jimmy pioneered the launch of Grace Church Seven Lakes where he currently serves as Campus Pastor. Jimmy and his wife Joanna have three children, Joshua, Jacob and Jessica. Jimmy would say his family has been his greatest joy. In his free time you will find Jimmy doing all things outdoors, including swimming, kayaking and disc golf.
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