For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

A listing of our church leaders and volunteers

Sam Van Leer

Church workdays (during the week): Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Originally from the US, I came to Europe for graduate study, but then fell in love with Coretta and the Continent, and was eventually called into pastoral ministry in the Church of England. I trained at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, in beautiful Durham, and have served in the Diocese in Europe ever since, first in Bern and Neuchâtel (Switzerland), then Arnhem, Nijmegen and Twente (the Netherlands) and now Groningen. Besides working with a terrific team of Christians to build up Grace Church Groningen, I am a University Chaplain, Area Dean for the Netherlands, and an Assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese in Europe, as well as being a husband and father of three lovely (and lively) children.

Dragos Stefanescu

Dragos comes from the city of Galati, in South-East of Romania. He discovered God in the ‘Holy Trinity’ Baptist church in the same city. There he served the Lord in the video-projecting department, led a teenagers’ home group and translated sermons from English to Romanian when needed.

Joas Zuur

Being part of Grace church teaches me what it means to be a Christian community. I am happy to serve as a member of the music team, playing trumpet or guitar. It is great that Grace is more than a church service. I am excited how this church will develop and take its place in Groningen!