Leadership TeamPluralistic Eldership
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.
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 11 years and they have 3 children – Amber (7), Parker (5) and Rylie (1). The Smarowsky’s love family life, serving the community together, rooting for the Denver Broncos and everything Disney World.
Chris San Souci
Executive Pastor & Elder Candidate
Chris San Souci was born and raised in St. Petersburg, but roots for the Green Bay Packers and Ohio State Buckeyes. He grew up n church and God saved him at the age of 11. Chris joined the United States Army when he was 18 and served for just under two years before he was honorably discharged due to injuries he sustained while serving. A few years after returning home, he met his amazing wife, Anna and was married in January 2013. At a previous church, Chris served as a deacon and now serves as an Elder Candidate and Executive Pastor for Vintage Grace Church.
“It was so clear to us; this was the church God wanted us to be a part of. The amazing opportunity to grow with and be a part of a church with a genuine deep love for and desire to learn about Jesus Christ. We were captivated by the depth of teaching and how people intentionally sought after us to make us feel welcome and get us plugged into the church.”
Chris loves to hang out with his wife, kiddo, and friends and loves studying theology. Chris has a heart for church planting and is excited to see how God will use his family to serve our community and share the gospel.
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
Chris San Souci, Vice President
Anna Rogers, Treasurer