Connect | Encourage | Equip
The mission of the Free Grace Alliance is to advance the grace message throughout the world by connecting, encouraging, and equipping the body of Christ. We reach out to all points of the world through the internet, conferences, seminars, our magazine, and other media.
As members of the Evangelical Tradition, we affirm the Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the inspired Word of God and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. Furthermore, God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.
As members of this tradition, we are concerned about the clear understanding, presentation, and advancement of the Gospel of God’s Free Grace.
The Free Grace Alliance Covenant
WE AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING:
In agreement with these affirmations, we covenant to work together graciously and enthusiastically to advance this Gospel of Grace, and to communicate with a positive and gracious tone toward all others, both inside and outside the Free Grace Alliance.
The Free Grace Alliance is led by our Executive Director, Grant Hawley, and a board of executive council members.
Executive Council Members
Dr. Mark “Dean” Haywood
Dr. Mark “Dean” Haywood currently serves as the Provost and Professor for Grace School of Theology (Grace). He is the founder and former pastor of God’s Household of Faith in Houston, Texas. God has sent Dr. Haywood to teach and preach about the love of Christ, a love that cannot be earned, and cannot be lost.
Kenny Ray Hodges
Kenny Ray Hodges was born and raised in Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Industry. After spending a year at Florida Bible College he enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 1980 with a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies. He moved back to Mississippi in 1984 and in 1987 began a thirty-three-year ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Starkville, MS. For eighteen years Dr. Hodges was the discipleship director and worship leader. In 2005 he became the senior pastor and ministered in that role until June of 2020. In 2016 Dr. Hodges began the Doctor of Ministry program at Grace School of Theology and graduated in May of 2020. In July of 2020, Dr. Hodges and his family moved to Texas where he is currently involved in a writing and teaching ministry and is also an adjunct professor at Grace School of Theology. He also leads the worship at Community Baptist Church in the Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Hodges is the founder of Two Circles Ministries, www.the2circles.org a web-based platform for teaching the gospel of grace. Dr. Hodges and his wife Kaye, live in Spring Texas. They have two grown children who also live in the Houston area.
Jeremy is the lead pastor of Lacey Bible Church. He was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon.
Jeremy and his wife, Carri, both received Bible degrees from Ethnos 360, a missional church planting organization. He also has a civil engineering degree from Oregon State University and after worked as a bridge designer. He and his family (Jeremy and Carri have three teenage children) served the Lord abroad with an NGO in Latin America prior to entering into pastoral ministry.
Dr. Juan Sanchez
Dr. Juan Sanchez currently serves as Dean of International Programs and Adjunct Professor of Bible Exposition and Music at Grace School of Theology. He is also a Reverend, an accomplished Musician and has served in several areas of ministry in many congregations in the United States and around the world. Dr. Sanchez has been married to his wife Kristen for over 15 years and they are blessed with two lovely children.
Ed Underwood is president and lead consultant for Recentered Group. During his career as a pastor, culminating with turning around the historic Church of the Open Door, Ed merged his leadership experience as an Army Officer and fireman with his passion for authentic church to help leaders and communities heal from wounds and toxicity that cripple vision and impede sustaining success. Ed has authored four books, numerous journal and website articles. He travels extensively, preaching, teaching, and equipping leaders, leadership teams, mission organizations and churches. Ed and Judy have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Dr. Jeremy Vance
Dr. Jeremy Vance, the current president of FGA, is a native of Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in Religion at Northwestern College in Iowa, went on to earn his M.Div. from Phoenix Seminary, and his doctorate of ministry degree from Grace School of Theology. Jeremy has served as a full-time pastor since 1994 and is currently the Senior Pastor of Faith Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2006. He and his wife Jill have four children and two grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, golfing, camping, hunting and fishing. He also loves to draw, paint and write. Jeremy has written two books published by Grace Theology Press, Companions With Christ and his most recent publication, John, Jesus & Me.
Carri Mikkelsen is our online editor. She is native to the Pacific Northwest where the trees stay green and the mountains are white. She is a graduate of Ethnos360 Bible Institute (1999). She has also received a BS in Anthropology at OSU (2007) and a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Calvary University (2022). In 2012 her husband and three young kids served with Wycliffe Associates in Venezuela. They now serve at Lacey Bible Church in Washington state. She counsels, shepherds, disciples, and writes.