PASTORS & STAFF
Bruce was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He grew up playing baseball and eventually played college ball at the University of Georgia and later in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. After his baseball career, he served as a youth pastor for two years in a Presbyterian church in Florida. He felt that God was calling him to be further equipped for full time vocational ministry so he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando Florida and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2001. While in seminary, Bruce and his wife Hien attended a Sovereign Grace church in downtown Orlando and sensed that the LORD was calling them to be a part of Sovereign Grace Churches. Upon graduation he attended Sovereign Grace Pastors College in Gaithersburg, MD (now located in Louisville, KY). He graduated from the Pastors College in 2002 and relocated to Roanoke where he became the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Community Church.
Bruce serves the mid-south region of Sovereign Grace Churches in administering ordination exams for pastors, serves on the Executive Committee of elders for Sovereign Grace Churches, and teaches Old Testament classes at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College. He and Hien have seven wonderful children and are amazed at the kindness of God in allowing them to be a part of the fellowship of believers here in Roanoke.
Associate Pastor and Worship Pastor
Spencer was born in Kingsport, Tennessee (thus the Southern accent) and has spent most of his life in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech for three years, and left to start his own business. Before becoming a pastor, most of his working career was spent in the automotive industry as a business owner, manager and insurance claims adjuster.
In 1997, God increased the desire in Spencer’s heart toward pursuing full-time pastoral ministry. He eventually went to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and graduated in 2003. Upon graduating, he and his family returned to Roanoke and began serving the wonderful people of Sovereign Grace Community Church, where he has been associate pastor and worship leader ever since.
He and his wife, Sherry, along with their six children, live in the Hollins area of Roanoke County. Spencer enjoys reading, hunting and camping with his family and friends.
Colin was born in New Jersey to parents from Michigan, and grew up in Roanoke (so his accent sounds a bit odd sometimes). While growing up, he spent much of that time building with LEGOs he bought with mowing money. He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 2000, and began working as an engineer. In 2001, he also became a lay-youth director of the church he was attending at the time, which fanned a flame in his heart that God may one day call him to some kind of pastoral ministry. In 2004, Colin met Jennifer on eHarmony and it worked... they married 16 months later (and since then had 5 children). They felt led to change churches the year they married and started visiting SGCC, then joined that same year. Since then, their lives have been dramatically affected by the consistent teaching about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ affects our relationship with God and our understanding of everyday circumstances.
In 2013, Colin and Jennifer believed that it was time for Colin to pursue formal pastoral training. He left his engineering job and they moved their family from Daleville to Louisville, KY to attend the 10-month Sovereign Grace Pastors College. He graduated in June of 2014 and they returned to Daleville. Colin has been on staff part-time since then and was ordained as a pastor in December 2017. Besides building relationships with people, he oversees SG Kids, administration and special events, and leads the prayer ministry team.
For fun, Colin loves acting and making short films for the church with his wife and kids. He also still loves LEGOs, and has even learned to share [most of] them with his children.
Connie was born in Richlands, Va., a small coal mining town west of Roanoke. She and her parents moved to Miami, Fla., when she was six months old and lived there for nine years, then returned to Richlands to be closer to extended family. The Lord saved Connie when she was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, she felt that God was calling her to be more equipped in His word, so she attended a one-year Bible school in Cleveland, Tenn. After finishing school she moved back to serve the church and her family.
In 1985 Connie moved to Northern Virginia to help her sister with her wedding, and decided to stay. In 1988 she married Bob Getz, who passed away in 1994. Connie and her son, Robby, started attending Solid Rock Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries congregation in Prince Georges County, Md., where she worked as a volunteer in the office and then was hired as a part-time administrative assistant.
She worked at the church for three years, and in 2004 God called her to move to Roanoke to be closer to her parents and part of Sovereign Grace Community Church. In 2008 Connie started working as the secretary at SGCC, and is thankful and amazed at God’s unending mercy and grace toward her and her son.