GracePointe is an elder-led church. Our 4 member elder board

joins Pastor Gabe in leading the activities and decisions of our church

and shepherding our GracePointe family.

  • GABriEl PONCé 

    Lead Pastor / elder

    Gabe was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He has been serving at GracePointe since 2016. He came to know Christ in 1989. In 2005 he received his Bachelor's in Theology at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013 he received his Master's in New Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary out of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married to his wife Kimberly they have two children. He likes to write, listen to music, and eat Mexican food.

  • Danny Barreras  

    Youth Ministry Director

    Danny is a Tucson native with a lifelong commitment to youth ministry. Starting at the age of 16, Danny served with and eventually directed the Youth and Children's programs at Prescott Pines Camp. He later went on to manage the after-school program at Higher Ground, a resource center, and now brings that experience and love of Biblical teaching to GracePointe as Youth Ministry Director.  He and his wife, Kaitlyn, have an active household with 3 children.

  • Audra Melsted    

    Children's Director

    Audra is a follower of Jesus Christ who loves genuine  conversation and deep relationships. She is wife to Peter and mother to Luke, and is always game for talking about faith, design, and kids. It is her desire to see children developing a personal relationship with Jesus as they grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and His faithfulness to us.

  • Tracey Jorgensen  

    administrative assistant

    Tracey was born in Michigan and was raised on various military bases across the world.  She moved to Tucson in 1993 when the Air Force brought her family here.  Tracey met her best friend and husband, Paul in Misawa Japan and they have been married for 38 years.  Together they have 2 daughters and 1 son and 1 granddaughter.  She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Masters degree in Human Resources.  She has been a Christian since 1974 and loves to learn more about Jesus.   Tracey’s hobbies include reading, knitting, crocheting and quilting. 

  • Lisa laroque

    Director of GracePointe Christian Academy

    Lisa is a Tucson native with a passion for education that began in her high school years. She majored in Early Childhood Education and has taught pre-school through high school in a Christian school environment for over 15 years. She is married to Chris for 33 years, mother of 3 adult children and grandmother to 2. 

    3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” expresses her heart for our GracePointe kids.


Our Gracepointe Elder Team can be reached by contacting the office.

  • Don Watson

  • John Crider

  • Robert Hackethal

  • Rene Nevarez