CHURCH Leadership & STAFF

The Church of Christ at Grissom is a non-denominational congregation, made up of sincere followers of Jesus Christ.  Being an independent congregation, we have no outside governing body. Our congregation is led in the New Testament way, under congregationally

chosen Elders and an Evangelist. 

Wade Allen - Evangelist

Wade Allen began serving as the Evangelist for the Church of Christ at Grissom in January of 2021. In his role as the Evangelist, Wade is the primary preacher for the Sunday morning worship service. 

Wade received his Bachelor or Arts degree in Practical Ministries from Bluefield College of Evangelism in 2001. He then earned his Masters of Arts in Practical Ministries from Cincinnati Christian University in 2004. 

Wade has served previous ministries in West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. 

Wade is married to his wife, Amanda. They have one child named Lilly. 

Wade is the author of two books:  "How Do You Know that You Know? A study of 1 John." and "The New Normal. Leadership Lessons from Acts Chapters 1-6." You can view his books at Wade's Amazon author page by clicking the button below. 




The Elders oversee the church by leading, shepherding and caring for the spiritual condition of the congregation as set forth in the Bible. According to scriptural example, the elders' responsibilities include, but are not limited to, living a life of personal holiness, shepherding the flock, leading by example, teaching, refuting those who contradict truth, directing the church and praying for the sick. 

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  • Mark Torkelson

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Deacons serve in the church by leading specific ministries. 

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  • Larrie Petty


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  • Patty Malott


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  • Elaine Purvis


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  • Carol See


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