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John Tischer

Lead Pastor

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John joined the GCC staff in October of 2013 as Lead Pastor. He has been involved in ministries in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO and in the city center of Boston, MA. John graduated from Truman State University and from Lincoln Christian Seminary; he loves discipleship and helping people grow to be committed to Jesus’ mission of seeking and saving the lost.

John is married to Anisha and has three little girls. In his spare time John loves playing golf, reading a good book, playing his guitar, going to a live performance or show, and rooting on the Cardinals.


Sam Draper

Connections Pastor

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Sam joined the GCC staff in August of 2017 as Connections Pastor. He recently served as the lead Pastor at the First Christian Church in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Prior to that he served with a church plant in Laramie, Wyoming. Sam looks forward to embarking on this new adventure with a great new church family.

Sam is married to Jessie Draper, and has one son, Joey, who will be entering the second grade. All three enjoy acting and drama. Jessie has a passion for music and singing. Sam enjoys reading, board games, and archery. Joey loves superheros and dinosaurs!


Bobby Morales

Student Pastor

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Bobby joined the GCC staff in January of 2017 as Student Pastor. He has done internships with churches in Indianapolis, Knoxville, and a Native American reservation in Whiteriver Arizona. Bobby graduated from Johnson University in April 2016; he loves helping people use their gifts, talents, and abilities to glorify God and empowering the next generation to go and be the church to a broken world.

Bobby is married to Meghan Claywell Morales. Bobby enjoys reading, playing music, learning disc golf, being outdoors, live concerts, and cheering for the Washington Capitals ice hockey team.


Hannah Newlin

Children's Minister

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Hannah joined the GCC staff in October of 2014. She has been involved in ministries in Southern Illinois and the suburbs of St. Louis. Hannah graduated from St. Louis Christian College and from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She loves kids, but she especially loves watching them grow in their knowledge of and love for God.

Hannah enjoys music (especially singing), reading, theater productions, concerts, movies and spending time with family and friends.


Bobbie Lancaster

Music Coordinator

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Bobbie spent a lot of years as a touring singer/songwriter before she surrendered her life to Jesus in November 2011.

Broken and in need of Him, she prayed that God would lead her to a church family. It was immediately clear that she was to come to GCC. At first, she sat quietly in the back row. Every time she opened her mouth to sing, she could only cry. Honestly, she didn't think she'd ever sing again, but God had other plans.

After a few months of attending GCC and spending countless hours alone in God's Word, she found herself singing a new song of praise….in the Kroger parking lot. As she wrote, God's beautiful plan for her began to show itself. Bobbie is now the Music Coordinator at GCC, and she is blessed to be part of this church family with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Edie & Sam.


Patty Gardner

Office Manager

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Martha Sanders

Communications Coordinator

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