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Our Elders

Our view of leadership at Sierra Grace Fellowship is one of co-laboring.  We start with submission to the Lordship of Jesus and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. Each leader here at Sierra Grace (elder, deacon, and staff) ministers to the church body by proclaiming the power of the gospel in every circumstance. Our utmost desire is to give God the glory, to train up new disciples, and to minister to the whole church with faithfulness.

Ben Brown



Ben was born in 1946 and grew up in a family where both of his parents loved Jesus Christ and the Word of God. The reality of their lives lived out were instrumental in his desire and his siblings desire to follow Jesus. It has been his goal to emulate them in living his life before his family, friends, and neighbors. Him and his wife, Carol, have five children and almost 14 grandchildren. They have lived in Auburn since 1970. Ben loves to read, study, and build things. His favorite authors include the Holy Spirit, C. S. Lewis, A. W. Tozer, and George MacDonald.

Wally Cable



Wally was born in Los Angeles, CA.  Grew up in Alhambra, Ojai and Auburn, CA.
He graduated from Placer High School in Auburn.  He asked God to control his life 1964, attended both Azusa Pacific College and Fuller Seminary. After finishing at Fuller,  Wally accepted a call to Pastor of Granada Hills (CA) Baptist Church from 1971-1985. In 1986, the Cable family returned to Auburn where Wally worked for Placer County Water Agency in the drinking water section until his retirement in 2009.  Wally loves books, leads a longstanding Thrusday night Bible study, managing 6 acres of forrest, taking frequent road trips with Corolyn and acting as her soul knitter. Wally and Corolyn are the parents of 3 grown daughters and have been an active part of Sierra Grace Fellowship since 1997.

Gary Greenacre



Gary was raised in a Christian family and first trusted Jesus Christ sometime between the ages of five and eight and evaluated the validity and sincerity of that faith while in high school. A native of southern California, Gary married his wife, Debbie, in 1981 and moved to the Sacramento area in 1989 with their family of four children. Gary has been active in ministry at SGF for several years and has been an elder since 2007. Gary and Debbie are avid runners, UCLA fans, Gary has a slightly twisted sense of humor and leads a men's bible study at the church on Wednesday mornings at 6:00am

Mick Holsclaw



Mick was born and raised in Auburn.  He was a second generation graduate of Placer High and his children (Matt and Katie) are third generation Placer grads.  Mick is married to Liz, who is a native Californian but moved to Auburn after she was one year old. Mick graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Philosopy, then completed a masters degree from Azusa Pacific and another Masters degree in theology from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary.  Mick worked for twenty-eight years in the California Community College system as an Information Technology professional, finishing up with twelve years at Los Rios Community College District (Sacramento County and beyond) as the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Information Technology. Mick has been an elder at Sierra Grace for about five years and is one of the leadership team for Stephen Ministry. Mick is an avid reader, loves the mountains and is a bird watching enthusiast.

Mike Keyes



Mike Keyes sees God as someone who is always pursuing him. He began to hear His Voice after his bride Toni was prayed over to receive the Holy Spirit at a gathering in Southern California. He asked Jesus to reveal Himself to him and He did. God has been faithful to speak and lead him through Scripture, worship, fellowship and powerful events in my life. Toni and Mike are blessed with seven children, many grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He enjoys serving in ministry together, family gatherings, as well as walking and biking in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Vince Licata



Probably the most that can be said for vince is, as with David, “I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinks on me.”  Of less essentials:  Vince was the third of five sons raised in a very Italian family in Orange County, ten miles from Disneyland. He has been practicing medicine here in Auburn for over 30 years.  Vince is fond of his family and friends, good (usually old) books, good (usually old) music, and Dodger baseball (making me a wanderer in a far country). For many years he has taught the bible when permitted, and helped in church leadership when required, but written a biographical paragraph this one time only.

Phil Grebe



Phil Grebe was born and raised in Waco,Texas.  He received his BA in art education from Baylor university and his MA in art from Stephen F Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas. He and his wife Gail and their two children,Chris and Celeste moved to California in 1973 where Phil taught at Biola in the art department until 1979. They moved to Auburn in 1980, together they started Sunset Oaks Framing and Gallery in 1982 and continue to work their shop giving art and framing services to the Auburn community. Phil has served as deacon and elder to this body of believers which has become Sierra Grace Fellowship. Gail has served as Sunday School Teacher and together they have received certification from the American Association of Christian counselors in Marriage and Family counseling they were a part of the group that started Marriage Matters and still serve marriages of Sierra Grace Fellowship. They have been married over 50 years and have eight grandchildren and three great grandsons.

Marc Lindbloom



Marc was raised in the town of Cool. He was introduced to Jesus at a Christian camp at age 10. He went to college in southern California where he met his bride Joy. Shortly after graduating they moved back to the foothills.  They have two teenage daughters, Julia and Joelle. Marc enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with the amazing females God has put in his life. His family has been a part of the Sierra Grace family for about 15 years.

Don Oates



Don was raised in a large church in the L.A. area where he served as a youth pastor.  After getting married, Don and Kathy spent some time in business before serving in Liberia as missionaries for 1 year. In 1989, Don and Kathy founded Global Fellowship, a mission agency aimed toward unreached regions of the world.  Don and Kathy have served in various roles in our body, youth, children, worship, and missions.  They continue to be drawn to encouraging and discipling young people (15 to 35) and love the ministry of Sierra Grace.

Russ Tweet



Russell Tweet M.D. was born again in high school- thanks to his Young Life leaders.  After completing his medical training, he and his family moved to Auburn in 1979. His wife, Pam, and Russ are the proud parents of Matthew, Andrew, and Alicia. He recently retired from full time Family Practice and is enjoying spending more time with his family, including 8 grandkids. Russ has been active in leadership at SGF for many years. He also serves on the board of HEART, a local group committed to helping those affected by AIDS in Kenya.

Joel Agee



Joel was born and raised in Auburn. After graduating from Placer High School in 2000, he attended Vanguard University, where he met his wife Chrissy. After college, Joel and Chrissy married and worked for three years in the Czech Republic, doing missions work teaching English as a foreign language. They returned to the Auburn area in 2007, where both work as teachers in the local high school district.They've been part of the Sierra Grace community since 2007, volunteering in youth and children's programs and helping out with Living 242 Tuesdays. Joel and Chrissy have two children, Nathan and Claire.

Todd Cleek


Lead Elder

Todd grew up on a nut and orange orchard in the small town of Orland, CA.  He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in business.  After several years of working in Silicon Valley, Todd and his wife Tammy spent three life changing years studying at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After Todd received his Masters in Divinity in 1997, they returned to their home church, Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino. They served there until God took Todd and Tammy to across the globe to Australia.  For almost 4 years "down under" in Adelaide, South Australia, Tammy worked at Flinders University and Todd pastored at the Lighthouse Community Church and taught at Tabor College. Shortly after the birth of their daughter Charis in 2007, they returned to California and joined the leadership of Sierra Grace Fellowship. Todd and Tammy have three children, their daughter Charis and twin boys David and Jonathan.  They love to hangout together, go to SF Giants games, make things in the garage, and visit with friends over shared meals.

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