Our Vision and Story...

"As Christ followers at GracePointe, we are called to bless others with the grace we have received so we can point them to Jesus".  
Our goals  are to create a community of love, support and fellowship for all ages as we "Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations"!

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian Church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing it's roots to an anniversary date of 1908.  It was founded to spread the message of holiness (Christ-like Living) across the lands.  Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 163 world areas.

The Church of the Nazarene is also a Holiness Church.  We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

GracePointe began in December 1937 as the Queensborough Church of the Nazarene.  In 1969 the church purchased our current property on Pines Road under the name of Huntington Park Church of the Nazarene.  The church merged with Werner Park Church in 1988 and in 2009 took the name GracePointe Church of the Nazarene with the goal of reaching our community in Shreveport-Bossier. 

What We Believe...

In one Creator God, who reveals Himself as Father, Son and Spirit.

In the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.

The Bible is the inspired and relevant Word of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation.

All people have sinned and need God's grace and forgiveness which is free and available to all through Jesus' death on the cross.

God draws us to Himself but the decision to respond is ours.

An individual must repent and trust Christ to receive forgiveness and eternal life.

As Christians we need to offer our whole lives to God (the biblical word for this is sanctification).

When we give ourselves to God in this way, HIs Spirit can fully mold us into Christ-likeness; His perfect love is reflected in our attitudes and actions; and God empowers us to live more abundantly.

The church is the Body of Christ carrying on His purposes in the world.

God can bring healing.  Jesus Christ is coming again.

For a more detailed outline of the Church of the Nazarene's  Statement of Faith, please visit the Church of the Nazarene
website

Meet the team.

We believe we are all called into ministry, however, there are those who are called specifically to serve the church in fulfilling the "great commission ".  Our "community" has many parts, all focused on worshiping, growing and serving Christ.  

David Craig

Lead Pastor
Pastor David began his journey as our Lead Pastor in June 2011. Prior to coming to Shreveport, he has served in Texas, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  His call since high school has been to serve Jesus for a lifetime in ministry.  He is married to Dawn and they have two sons, Caleb and Adam. 

Danny Rester

Associate Pastor
Pastor Danny joined GracePointe in 2011.  He served as Worship Leader for a few years until becoming Associate Pastor in 2014. He was ordained in 2020.  He is bi-vocational, working at Riverdale Academy in Coushatta  as Principal.  He and his wife, Valinda have three daughters, Jeralyn, Jaylie and Joy, and one son, Jaryd.   

Ed Messersmith

Teaching Pastor
Rev. William (Ed) Messersmith has "retired" after 37 years of full time ministry inTexas, Indiana and West Virginia.  He is a student of the Word and history and has completed work on his doctorate in biblical studies.  He and his wife, RosaLee now reside in Louisiana where they serve once again in ministry at GracePointe. 

Dawn Craig

Office Administrator
Dawn has served as our office administrator for the past 10 years.  She and Pastor David have been married since 1986.  Dawn graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1988.  Her greatest joy is spending time with her family and serving in ministry along side her husband.  

Emily Taylor

Discipleship Pastor
Pastor Emily came to know Christ as her Savior at the age of ten.  She felt a call to ministry at the age of fourteen, and went on to pursue that call at Trevecca Nazarene University.  She is currently working full time outside of church, as well as working on completing her Bachelors degree through Northwest Nazarene University. She has three children, Toby, Malachi and Leah.  

Kezia Weaver

Student Pastor
Pastor Kezia is a recent graduate of Southern Nazarene University in OKC.  While serving as Student Pastor, Kezia is pursuing  her Masters at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.  She has been serving at GracePointe since September 2020. Kezia has a love for leading  youth on their spiritual journey, missions,  community involvement and her dog, Snickers. 

Jeralyn Wilhite

Kid's Pastor
A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Pastor Jeralyn has been serving at GracePointe as our Kid's Pastor since 2015. She was ordained  in 2020.  Jeralyn grew up in a christian home, and accepted the call to ministry  as a teen in 2007 at NYC in St. Louis, Missouri.  She and her husband, Scott, have one dog and four cats. 

Aubrey Avise

Nursery Coordinator
Aubrey started attending GracePointe as a teenager.  After graduating from  Huntington High School in 2018, she became our nursery attendant.  A year later, Aubrey became our Nursery Coordinator.  She is currently working a full-time job outside the church and taking classes at Bossier City Community College.

Kevin McCoy

IT & Media Coordinator
Kevin heads up our  IT/Media/Tech ministry.  He has a talent for organizing, teaching and implementing all things media related!  Kevin loves to serve in the church in various other ministries, with the desire to offer himself in the service of "Kingdom" building. He has served in various other ministries over the years and in many different capacities and has brought with him a wealth of knowledge. 

Serenity Love

Youth Ministry Intern
 Serenity joined our ministry team last year after receiving her local ministers license.  She is interning in our youth department , focusing on youth development and The Arts in dance and drama.  Serenity has a passion for the Lord and sharing his love with others.  While  working full time outside the church, she is pursuing a courses of study in ministry.  

Amy Rhodes

Worship Minister
Amy was raised in a ministers home and has served the Lord all of her life!  She leads and organizes our worship team and band as well as working full time outside the church.  She freely offers her gifts and talents faithfully each week, which includes working with our youth and teaching classes at The Learning Center once or twice a year.      

Kristy Smith

Custodian 
Kristy grew up attending GracePointe .  She went to Northwestern State University and earned  a degree in nursing.  Kristy  joined our team this year as our part-time custodian and works full time in the elder care field.  She has two adult children, Danny & Suzanna.  Kristy loves  animals!