Tal Madison, Senior Pastor
Tal’s service at Grace began July 1, 2015. Growing up in Shallotte, NC, he answered the call to pastoral ministry as a senior in high school. He received his undergraduate degree from Methodist College (now Methodist University) and his masters from Duke University. He received his first appointment to serve as pastor of a United Methodist Church in 1983.
Julie Madison is Tal’s wife; together they have one daughter, Ragan. In his free time he enjoys camping, Duke basketball and martial arts.
Patricia Cox DiGiuseppe, Associate Minister of Visitation
Patricia joined the staff at Grace in April of 2010. She was born in Pitt County, NC and lived most of her married life in Beaufort County. After her husband died, she retired from a 30-year banking career to enter the ministry. Patricia graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2003 and served as pastor of Trinity Methodist Church in Belhaven, NC and Hebron Methodist Church in Pantego, NC before moving to Wilmington, NC to be near her grandchildren.
In her spare time, Patricia enjoys spending time at the beach.
Liz Steimer, Director of Children’s Ministries
Liz joined the staff at Grace in January of 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in 2007. Her background is in special education with a focus on children on the Autism spectrum. Working with children is a lifelong passion and her previous experience includes teaching at Siskin Children’s Institute and the New England Center for Children.
Originally from Atlanta, Liz and her husband Jeff have resided in Wilmington for three years with their two sons, Matthew and Luke. In her spare time she enjoys reading, long walks with her dogs, and Braves baseball.
Kelley Ahlers, Director of Youth Ministries
Jerry Cribbs, Director of Music Ministries
Jerry joined the staff at Grace in July of 2003. He graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in Music Education and a Masters in Music Education. Jerry served as choral director at various schools in New Hanover County from 1980 until his retirement in 2004. He also served the school system as Director of Arts Education, Director of Arts Education and Public Relations, and Director of Human Resources.
Jerry is married to Cheryl and they have two adult sons, Adam and Neil. Jerry is also the music director of Cape Fear Chorale, a community chorus. He has also served as an adjunct professor at UNC-W and CFCC.
Judy Siebold, Organist
Judy began playing the organ at Grace in January of 2004. She studied music with the remarkable, Heinrich Fleischer, at the University of Minnesota.
Judy is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. She loves spending time with her family and friends and music consumes her entire life!
Debbie Ashe, Director of Operations
Debbie began working at Grace in the spring of 1992. She graduated from UNCW with a Degree in Sociology/Social Work and worked with adoptions and protective service work for children.
Debbie is originally from the Wilmington area (Rocky Point). Debbie is married to Wayne and she has two grown children, Jessica and Rebecca. In her spare time she loves gardening and traveling.
Marion Little, Administrative Assistant
Marion became a member at Grace in 2004 and joined the staff in 2009. She attended the University of South Carolina and worked for many years as an administrative assistant and also worked in the furniture and interior design industry.
Marion is originally from Massachusetts and she and her husband, Brian, lived in Delaware for several years before relocating to Wilmington, NC. Marion is a member of the Grace Chancel Choir and the Cape Fear Chorale. In her spare time, Marion enjoys gardening, reading and paper crafts.
Charles Sanders, Accountant
Charles joined the staff in January, 2010. He retired from the University of North Carolina Wilmington after 30 years, where he served as Director of Purchasing. Charles owns a Tax and Accounting business as well.
He is married to Myrtle, and they have two grown boys. Charles is active in the Boy Scouts, serving on the Eagle Review Board, sings in his church choir and the Cape Fear Chorale.
Allison Barrett Carter, Web Editor