Meet the Staff

Rev. L. Kim Eanes, Lead Pastor

eanesIt is my privilege to come to Grace Community Church in the midst of my 25th year of full-time Ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.
I grew up a “midwest girl”, receiving my schooling in Illinois (Elem.), Michigan (H.S.), Iowa and Illinois (College) before completing my educational journey with a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. I began studies in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Duke Divinity School in August, 2014 but have not yet completed that educational endeavor.
After serving the first eleven years of ministry as a member of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, I transferred to the South Carolina Conference (UMC) to be closer to my family.

My special interest areas of ministry include: Discipleship Courses, Grief Counseling, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Worship and Preaching.
I am a fish-eating vegetarian who craves outdoor activities! I follow College and Pro sports as an enthusiastic and loyal fan! And I only have a kitchen because it comes with the house!

Widowed in 2000, my closest companions are my loving God, my gracious parents and my adorable miniature schnauzer!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Cathy Trotter, Worship Pastor

cathyI have had the privilege of being Worship Pastor at Grace Community Church since 2007, and am responsible for bringing the creative arts to our worship services each week (praise team, adult choir, praise band, drama, visuals). In addition, I work with B.I.G. Kids (a ministry for elementary children) and Forever Friends (outreach and worship ministry for adults with disabilities).

I am practically a Charlotte-area native, having moved here at 6 months of age. Music began early in my life when I started piano lessons at age 5. Graduating from Gardner-Webb College with a BA in Music Education, I have worked in church music for 35 years. While serving a church in Sugar Hill, Georgia, I was introduced to the experience of true worship, and have been passionate about it ever since. Bringing deeply soul-felt, Spirit-and-Truth worship into the lives of others is my mission.

My husband, Jim, and I met at Gardner-Webb, and have been married for 34 years. Jim is also very musically talented, and has been a major part of my music ministry through the years. We have been blessed with three wonderful children – Ashley (and her husband Chris), Allison (and her husband Johnny) and Brad. And now are the proud grandparents to Alexis Grace, our 1 year old granddaughter. We are all huge animal lovers, with 1 cat, 2 boxers and 1 large loving mutt (living inside). And, we really enjoy motorcycle riding. In the summer of 2011 we biked 6,910 miles cross-country, along the Pacific, and back home. We’re already planning our next trip up
north.

FAVORITE MOVIE: DIRTY DANCING
FAVORITE FOOD: CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

Anne Sink, Director of Student and Young Adult Ministries

Professional Degree:
Registered Dietitian Can’t make the connection? Try this, I am trained to nourish people—whether physically (via food) or spiritually!

Experience:
Taught every grade of Sunday School as my girls grew up in church. Led many VBS campaigns. Led HS Girl’s Bible study. LOVED IT ALL!
Youth Director for 3.5 years at our previous church, and still hungering to minister alongside youth!

Family:
Married to Merritt Sink, the love of my life! Christy, 23 years, UNC graduate, currently teaching in Raleigh. Laura, 21 years, keeping me going (you can spot us at the gym Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Sugar Bear, our beloved lap dog (yes, she weighs over 50 pounds!)

anneLife Lessons:
I learned about patience and trusting God when it took 3 plus years to get our first baby here. Her name is Christy, and she was worth the wait!

Fierce love, loyalty, and unity were the gifts God instilled in us to prepare us for the gift of our wonderful second daughter, Laura. She is a beautiful, loving young lady who just happened to be born with Down’s Syndrome. I have learned that God is relational and He wants us to build relationships with the people in our lives. I had to overcome my intense mama bear instincts and learn how to allow others to help us.

About Youth Ministry:
There is real joy in working with teens. They like pizza and brownies, but what they’re really hungry for is an encounter with the Living God. They are in the midst of discovering who they are, and what they want to do with their lives—and since God is in the business of providing good gifts to His children, and directing their paths, it is a match made in heaven!
Who can choose just one? Okay, I’ll cheat a little, and choose the book of 1 John (it’s short!) In this letter, John stresses the basic truths of the Christian faith in order to comfort and encourage those whom he calls his children in the faith. His message of love, forgiveness, being in a community, dealing with sin, and living as holy people brings God’s light to a dark world.

FAVORITE MUSIC: CHRIS TOMLIN, RASCAL FLATTS, BROOKLYN TABERNACLE

Cindy Hopper, Children’s Director

cindyI am pleased to say I have been affiliated with Grace Community Church since the summer of 2007.  The first week I visited, I was asked if I would be interested in working with the children and I have been working with them ever since! Children are my passion and God has blessed me by allowing me to work with them for more years than I can remember.

Church and my relationship with God guide my life, my decisions, and my thoughts. I cannot remember a time I was not in church either as a child, a youth, or an adult. I have worked with children as a youth and as an adult.

I have been blessed with three grown sons: Toby, Colbey (with wife, Katie), and Joey (with wife, Stephanie). I have been further blessed with two granddaughters – Olivia Katherine (age 6) and Winnie Mae (age 5) – and two grandsons – Graydon Malcolm (age 3) and William Maddox (age 4). They keep me busy, but they also remind me of what is important in life! I was married to a wonderful Christian man who was a great husband and father. He died as a result of cancer in 1997.

Education has played a huge role in my life. I have been an educator for more years than not. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro. Later, I earned my Master’s degree in Education from UNC Charlotte. In addition, in May, 2016, I earned my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Urban Literacy. I have taught in public education, have served as an administrator, and have worked on the university level.

As I hope is evident, my passions revolve around children. My first passion is my relationship with my Savior. My second passion is my family. Then, my passions become meshed between children … education … sharing the Word with children … watching growth in all areas.

My favorite verse: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)