One of these aspects is that while we have a Lead Pastor, we believe in pluralistic eldership of the church. In other words, we believe that there should be multiple voices helping lead, encourage, and helping people to follow Christ. We don’t believe in exclusively following the “one guy” mentality, but by having a team of leaders there can be better accountability, broader discipleship, and deeper insights as God’s Scriptures are revealed each week. For more thorough understanding of this biblical conviction, click here to LEARN MORE.
Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.
The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.
Stephen Smarowsky is an ordained pastor in both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Christian & Missionary Alliance and has served in several different ministerial roles such as Lead Pastor, Founder & President of a para-church ministry, Church Planter, Leadership Coach, Worship Leader & Song Writer, Chaplain for several assisted living facilities, homeless shelters and County Jails, has taught middle school and high school level courses and is currently a part of the faculty as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College of Florida. He is also the Founding and Lead Teaching Pastor here at Vintage Grace Church.
Stephen graduated from Trinity College of Florida with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Ministries w/ a Pastoral Emphasis and received his Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Stephen writes and speaks for several different organizational and leadership development networks, which was birthed from his time serving in SBC Associational Leadership.Stephen was born and in St. Petersburg, FL and was raised in Pinellas Park where he still resides. He has been married to Brooke for 12 years and they have 3 children – Amber (7), Parker (5) and Rylie (2). The Smarowsky’s love family life, serving the community together, rooting for the Denver Broncos and everything Disney World.
Interim Music Minister
Tom has been musically inclined for over 40 years and is very comfortable with a guitar in his hand. He has been using his gift to minister to the church for over 10 years and is currently serving as our Interim Music Minister.
Tom is an avid model train collector, can name any central Florida train track just by sight, cooks a mean grilled chicken, loves working with his hands and is the husband of his amazing wife, Anna. They have 11 grand children and their home is always warm and welcoming to anyone.
Tom has known the Lord for some 15 years now and loves serving Vintage Grace!
Interim Children's Director
Brooke is the mom of 3 growing kids, a home-maker, the Vice President of a growing business and has served the local church in different capacities for the last decade. She is passionate about the local church and has a big vision for what God is going to do at VGC.
Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead his church as deacons, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities.
Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church.
Deacon & Director of Community Relations
Deacon & Administrative Assistant
WISE COUNSEL & GOVERNING BOARD
We learn from, respect, honor and seek wise counsel from the following leaders, their families, churches and ministries.
Dr. John Zuch, Academic Dean, Trinity College of Florida – Trinity Quest
Scott Harris, Senior Pastor, FBC Brookesville
Dr. Charlie Martin, Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church
The Board of Directors is the legal governing board of Vintage Grace Church and helps manage logistical vision and tasks.
Stephen Smarowsky, President
Carl Nelson, Vice President
Anna Rogers, Treasurer
As a new and young church, Vintage Grace relies on members to support our ministry and to carry out much of the work required to help accomplish our mission to have as many people meet Jesus as possible. It’s a high calling that takes hard work—but it’s also the most rewarding work.
The leadership of Vintage Grace Church strives to love and care for its members well. In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church. As an organization, we operate with minimal staff, budget, and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilizing the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love the city, love our family, and glorify God on his terms.
How to Become a Member
If you’re desiring to make a deeper commitment to Vintage Grace Church, we encourage you to become a member. Follow the steps listed here to get the process started.
- Attend on Sundays
- Join a small group
- Attend the New Comer’s Breakfast (Once a Quarter)
Vintage Grace Church members are required to be professing Christians who believe and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior.
Vintage Grace Church members share in their commitment to the church by agreeing to our membership covenant and joyfully living in community, serving the church, and giving faithfully.
As the final step in membership, you’ll meet with one of out leaders for a final membership interview. This is an opportunity to confirm your commitment and ask any questions before being installed as a member.