Pastors & Staff


Lead  Pastor

Chris Watson, formerly of Macon, GA is the Lead Pastor of GracePointe Church. Chris is a graduate of Mercer University. He and his wife Trish, are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary. They have three sons, Caleb, Connor and Cameron. Chris spent 15 years in youth ministry serving churches in Alabama and Georgia and leading in several parachurch organizations before coming to GracePointe in December of 2004. He is a speaker and author. Chris and Trish desire to glorify Christ in all things.


Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Chris Sheffield was born and raised in Coffee County. He began serving at GracePointe as our Pastor to Students in August of 2017 and transitioned to the role of Associate Pastor in December of 2021. Chris has served in ministry for over 13 years as a student pastor, campus pastor and now as an associate pastor. He is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College with a degree in Christian Studies. Chris and his wife Courtney were married in 2006 and they have six beautiful daughters Everly, Isla, Willa, Rowan, Cecelia and Jackie. Chris has a passion to see our church impact our community with the light of the Gospel.


Worship Pastor

Ricky Adams joined the GracePointe staff as the Worship Pastor in March of 2023. He was raised in South Florida, and met his wife in Joplin, Missouri while attending Ozark Christian College. Together, they have 3 children: Adalynn, Boston, and Bethany. Ricky has been involved in Worship ministry for over 20 years, serving as a full-time Worship Pastor for the last 5 years; in North Carolina, and now here in Douglas. His ultimate desire in worship is to assist people in entering the presence of God, and to worship our Savior together.


Associate and Recovery Pastor

Clay a native Texan, joined the pastoral staff in April 2018, as Recovery Pastor.  The Rohde family began attending GracePointe in 2013.   He and his wife DeShawna of 27 years, graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. They have served in ministry together for over 18  years prior to GracePointe; serving churches in Texas, Florida, & Georgia.  Clay has lead ministries as; associate pastor, youth pastor, children pastor, & media pastor.  Clay and DeShawna have two adult children, Landon and Kiley,  and 1 teenager,  Carson.  Clay’s desire is to see people live their lives in freedom, from their hurts, hang-ups & habits, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Director of Student Ministries

Henry Williams, born and raised in Chester, GA, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies from Truett McConnell University. He began serving at GracePointe Church in November of 2022. He previously worked on staff at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters where he met his wife, Courtney. They got married in 2021 and adopted Max, a flat coated retriever, shortly after moving to Douglas. Recently, Henry and Courtney have added their son, Harvey, to the family. Henry has a heart for students and hopes to see them be deeply impacted by the gospel.


Kids Ministry Director

Keri Paulk is FOR COFFEE. She was originally born in Massachusetts and grew up in Florida which is where she met her husband, Jacob Paulk. They met in college as they were becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. They continue to practice Anesthesia in South Georgia. After college they got married and had three children: Laken, JD, and Gabby. Keri did not grow up in church so she has an enormous desire to share Jesus with children since she was not afforded that opportunity. Children are her passion and her excitement is obvious if you are around her for any length of time. Yes, she is happy nearly all the time and can't wait to share her love around Coffee County.


Office Administrator

Kay Price was born and raised in Fleming Island, FL. She moved to Willacoochee after marrying her husband, Wesley Price in May of 2023. Kay served at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters 2019-2022 and that is where she connected with GracePointe Church. Soon after moving to GA, she became the Office Administrator. She has served in ministry since she was 16 years old and has a heart to see the Gospel spread.


Social Media Specialist

Mom, wife, and follower of Christ. Ashley is married to Austin Burke and they have a 3 year old little boy named Asher and just added a new daughter named Adaline. She was baptized here at GracePointe and became a member in 2018. Since then, she has been steadily growing in her faith and has built a strong relationship with Jesus. She serves as a volunteer in our kids ministry. Ashley enjoys spending time with family as well as reading and traveling. She is also very passionate about holistic wellness. Some of her greatest assets as a member of our team is that she is always willing to offer a helping hand, she's a great listener and she loves people. One goal that she has adopted based on something Pastor Chris says is that every day she tries to clear the path for the pastoral staff which allows them to serve Christ and His Church in their respective ministries with fewer obstacles.


Guest Services

Lavada is our Guest Services Director. She has been married to Shawn for 32 yrs. They have 2 adult children, Cody (married to Jess) & Hannah (married to Blake). She loves spending time with her 2 grand daughters (Sadie and Hadley) that are so precious. She has worked in several capacities at GracePointe over the last 12 yrs. Guests Services is something she feels very passionate about because first impressions can be a deciding factor in whether a person returns to experience more of what God has for him/her! She strives to make GracePointe feel welcome and inviting to all of our first time guests.