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Church is for all of God's people

It is our hope to develop all people into fully-devoted followers of Christ.

About the Special Needs Ministry

Grace has reached out to families with special needs for over 10 years. As families would come with needs, we would do our best to provide support. Today, our Special Needs Ministry has taken a more proactive approach to ministering to families and individuals with special needs. Our Special Needs Ministry has a holistic approach to care for individuals with disabilities and their families by providing spiritual, physical and emotional care. We accomplish this through an incredibly passionate staff and core group of volunteers with servant hearts. Our Special Needs Ministry is dedicated to making a lasting impact upon the disability community with the message of Jesus Christ.

The Core Values of GBC's Special Needs Ministry:

  • People of all abilities matter to God and to us.

  • We will have an evangelistic impact on the disability community through proactive outreach.

  • We will make the gospel message of Jesus Christ accessible to people of all abilities.

  • Our goal is to equip people with disabilities and their families to become full participants and contributors in the body of Christ and their communities.

  • Everything we do for Christ will be done with excellence.

First-time guests

If you are visiting our church, please head to the Welcome Center when you arrive. Our Welcome Team will connect you with someone from our Special Needs Ministry to assist you.

Members & Regular Attenders

To better serve your loved one, please provide us with some basic information by filling out a profile/application. Once you fill out the online application below, one of our ministry leaders will contact you.

Meet Our Team

Jeanne Williams

Once Jeanne and her family arrived at Grace, her youngest child, Charlie, was welcomed immediately in his Sunday school class and they became involved with other families with special needs. Jeanne’s passion is to help families with special needs to feel welcomed and cared for at Grace.

Mike Yeager

Mike understands firsthand the challenges and concerns parents face, as well as the obstacles individuals with special needs have to overcome. Mike’s desire for the Special Needs Ministry is to serve Jesus Christ by facilitating children with special needs and for their families to become full participants and contributors in the body of Christ.

Sharon Leyden

For the past ten years, Sharon has been the Program Director for the Prince George’s County Infants & Toddlers Program, overseeing all components of providing early intervention supports and services to families with children with special needs. Sharon joined this team to share her skills and help Grace become stronger in loving God and all people.

Emily Kendall

Emily is a wife and mother of two. She is a teacher in an Inclusion Special Education Classroom for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Her deepest desire for Grace is that all people have access to the transforming love of Christ and the fellowship of believers who love them.

Candice Jewell

Candice is also a wife and mother of two. She knows what it is like to grow up with a sibling that has special needs. Candice’s brother changed her life, opening her eyes to a different view of the world. Candice has become a part of the special needs team to help open others up to this world and the wonderful blessings that come along with it.

Don Jillson

Don has been a part of the Special Needs Leadership Team for the last few years. He coordinates Special Needs volunteers, and volunteers as a one-on-one in the ministry.