Join us for in-person services this weekend at 8:45 and 11:00 am! Effective immediately, the wearing of face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be required in the buildings or on the property of GCC. Mask wearing shall be optional, with people encouraged to be courteous to one another, to show grace to those still concerned for personal safety and to continue to practice “social distancing.” This is to include all worship services and meetings of GCC as well as functions.
Our Team – Grace Coastal Church
Rick Downs
Rick Downs
Lead Teaching Pastor

Rick Downs has been a minister in the PCA for nearly 40 years. He and T were married at the outset of his internship in 1979. After two years in Boca
Raton, they lived in Winston-Salem, NC, and Cambridge, MA for stints of nearly 20 years each. Rick served briefly with Inter-Varsity Christian  Fellowship at Wake Forest and then on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian and Christ the King Presbyterian churches. Rick was raised in South Florida where most of his family still lives. T was raised in Orangeburg, SC, and is delighted to be living close to family there. They have six grown children and three wonderful grandchildren. Rick graduated from Florida State University, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Grace Theological Seminary. T graduated from Duke but attended only one basketball game during her four years there.

John Ring
John Ring
Minister of Family Counseling and Community Outreach

John has a BA in Education from Cedarville University and a M.Ed. from Loyola Collge. He served at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church as Youth and College Director while his wife was the Children’s Director. John is certified in marriage counseling from Cornerstone Institute and has a basic certificate of counseling from the Christian Counseling Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. John works at Grace Coastal Church serving the community through counseling, outreach, connecting people, and more.

He and his wife Janice have two children and two grandchildren.

David Seitzinger
David Seitzinger
Director of Worship Arts

David grew up in small-town Tennessee in Cookeville.  There he learned to love both ministry and the outdoors through the influence of his youth pastor and RUF campus minister.  He began ministry as a worship leader and small group leader in his campus ministry group.  He studied classical guitar at Tennessee Technological university and received his worship-focused MDiv degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Katie and their four children (Kara – 7, Elena – 5, Rhys – 2, and Samwise – 1 in May) are enjoying living in the Lowcountry and getting to know their community and church family.  David enjoys playing guitar and woodworking; he and his wife enjoy sharing cycling, hiking, and gaming (PC and tabletop games).

Janice Ring
Janice Ring
Children's Director

Janice, our “child whisperer” has a BA in Christian Education from Arlington Bible College with additional studies in Elementary Education from Cedarville University. She has always been involved in education working simultaneously as Children’s Director in church and in school.

Janice has two children and two grandchildren.

Kathy Hall
Kathy Hall
Administrative Assistant

Kathy Hall is our church administrator, handling the secretarial, administrative, and day-to-day financial work for Grace Coastal. Kathy worked in corporate finance for many years and has previously been involved in volunteer activities involving her church, library, and a non-profit theater group.

Kathy and her husband, Jack, are both from the Hudson River Valley of New York. They moved to Bluffton in 2016 from the Lake Norman area north of Charlotte, NC. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Sunday Gatherings

Join us on Sunday at 8:45 or 11 am for services and learn more about our monthly gatherings including 3rd Sunday Picnic and 5th Sunday Worship.

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We welcome to learn more about who we are including  our mission, our beliefs, our team, our community, and  what to expect.

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Service to Others

We work with intentionality to give our time, talent, and treasure to the glory of our Lord God  by reaching our neighbor, our community, and our world.

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