Marcellus Barnes Sr. is the founding and lead Pastor of Grace Pointe Church in the Scenic City of Chattanooga, TN. In 2015 after returning from Nagoya, Japan, God gave Pastor Marcellus a heavy burden for Urban Ministry in the City of Chattanooga. He along with his wife and 3 children launched Grace Pointe Church in March of 2016.
Pastor Marcellus’ unique ability to communicate the truths of the Bible in a relevant and uncompromising manner has been able to reach different generations of men, women, singles, couples and families from every walk of life.
Pastor Marcellus received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was a Music Educator for Hamilton County Department of Education in the urban schools. He also received a Diploma from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. As a bi-vocational Pastor, he also works as a Behavior Management Specialist for the Hamilton County Department of Education. Along with serving on the board for Kingdom Partners, and Unifi Ed, he has a Passion for Community, Education, and Outreach. He continues to encourage Grace Pointe to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Pastor Marcellus and his wife Lady Denita are the proud parents of their daughter Justine, son’s Marcellus Jr. and Kenny.
Pam Richmond - Associate Minister
Min. Pamela Richmond is native of Evansville, IN. Min Pamela is the Executive Pastor of Grace Pointe Church of Chattanooga, TN.
Min. Pam is also a small group teacher. Pam is one who accepts the precious privilege and awesome responsibility of seizing every opportunity, to deposit the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the lives of God’s people.
Pam has been speaking for the Lord since the age of 14. Her first speaking engagement was the Youth Day’s speaker for the Mt. Olive State Convention INC. She became an Ordained Minister in 2008. Pam has obtained Certificates of Theology from Tennessee Temple University and The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta, Ga.
Pam is the wife of Deacon Oliver Richmond, they are the proud parents of Maurice, Oliver III, Maurisha, and Michael. Pam enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time with her family.
Her favorite scripture is, Psalms 30:5 (NIV), For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Oliver Richmond - Deacon
Deacon Oliver Richmond is a native of Fort Wayne, IN. Deacon Oliver is Chairman of the Board and Chairman of Deacon Board of Grace Pointe Church of Chattanooga.
Oliver J. Richmondhas spent over 18 years providing training and educational workshops to minority communities, corporations and churches. He has extensive experience helping churches and non-profits achieve community outreach.
Oliver is a founding member of Kingdom Partners (2017). A ministry that helps equip churches and faith-based organizations with tools to execute sustainable solutions that transform the social, educational and economic fabric of life in communities locally, nationally, and globally.
Oliver graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Business Management. Oliver has obtained a Certificate of Theology from The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta, Ga.
Oliver is the husband of Minister Pamela Richmond, they are the proud parents of Maurice, Oliver III, Maurisha, and Michael. Oliver enjoys fishing, reading and spending time with his family.
His favorite scripture is, Proverbs 3:1-6 (NIV), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Dr Valerie Smith - IT
I am originally from Memphis, TN. I moved to Chattanooga over half my life ago. Here, got married, had a daughter, then, I completed my Bachelor's from UTC. Then, I had a son about five years later. About two years later, I earned my Master's from TTU, became a woman of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. I have taught with Hamilton County Schools for 20 years; 16 in the classroom, 2 as a math instructional coach, and in my second year of school administration as an Assistant Principal. During the last 3 years, I also acquired my doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca Nazarene University. I have attended GracePointe since the beginning. I serve as the leader in the audiovisual ministry; primarily with the visual portion. However, when needed, I extend assistance to the sound portion. My knowledge of the technology, the bible, and songs of worship help make this position run smoother. I enjoy this area of worship tremendously. I enjoy alone time, painting, drawing, shopping, writing, hiking, dining out, traveling, being with my children, and being a child of God.
DeAndra J. Hinton - Love Marriage Ministry
Born: Chattanooga, TN
Education: Chattanooga State-Paralegal Studies & University of TN at Chattanooga-Criminal Justice
Family: Oldest of 5 Siblings, Wife of Captain Van L. Hinton, Mother of Three boys and one grandson and one daughter-in-law.
Fun: family time, traveling, reading, shopping, entertaining family & friends, designing/staging on a budget, volunteering and my most favorite is selling on my ebay website: deescloset4sale. In addition to this, I also enjoy listening to commentaries and reading poetry from my favorite authors Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Nikki Giovanni to whom I’ve met personally on this journey called life.
Bob McDaniel - Men's Ministry
Profession: over 20 years self-employed as a mainframe computer analyst.
Passion: Eager to be used more by God.
Hobbies: Fishing and listening to jazz.
Family life: Divorced. He has 2 children: Britney that lives in Seattle and Courtney who lives in Los Angeles
Program: Man UP
Thomas Castillo - Christian Education
I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. I served in the United States Army as a Signal Officer for eight years. Duty stations include: South Korea, Fort Benning, GA, Kuwait, and Schofield Barracks, HI. I currently work for Roadtec where I lead its business transformation and strategic deployment process.
My passion is learning and teaching the Gospel. Our Small Group ministry has achieved much success in helping people deepen their knowledge of God and sharing a closer relationship with Christ.
Hobbies include, reading, working out, tennis, and spending time with the family
I have been married for 24 years to the beautiful Yolanda Castillo. We have three children, Lianna, Thomas Michael, and Kennedy + one super pup named Scout. We live in Ooltewah, TN.
Yolanda Castillo - Outreach Ministry
I am originally from Fort Benning, Georgia. My wonderful husband, Thomas, and I have four beautiful children: Lianna, Thomas Michael, Kennedy, and E.J. I currently attend UTC and Chattanooga State while working full time for the federal government. I love anything art related. I really enjoy having events in our home such as painting, floral arranging, makeup parties, furniture restoration and virtually anything art related. Outreach is my passion. I like to incorporate art and education within events when given the opportunity. The annual Avondale Back to School event has been a gift that allows me to share the fun in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to the East Chattanooga Youth. I look forward to continuing serving Grace Pointe and the Chattanooga community.
D. Michelle Benton - Worship and Arts Ministry
D. Michelle Benton is a native of Chattanooga, Tn and has been involved with the arts and music since a very young age. Her favorite bible verse is Colossians 3:23 NLT
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people"
Luronda Jennings - R.I.P.E. Ministry
Currently living purposefully single, Luronda T. Jennings was born in Chattanooga, TN to her supportive parents, Lurone and Glinda Jennings. Through their passion for education and coaching athletics, they instilled in her the importance of education and team mindset at a very early age. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Child Development and a Master of Education degree in Special Education K-12, Luronda is an Exceptional Education Lead Teacher for Hamilton County Schools’, serving the 12 schools with the most opportunity for growth. When Luronda is not doing career or ministry work, she loves to write, read, and plan in local coffee shops, travel and listen to music, watch softball and basketball games, and create intimate spaces to connect more with God.