Grady spent his childhood in Southern Illinois and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in second grade. A few weeks later, he publicly celebrated his new life with Christ through a believer’s baptism.
Grady brings a diverse background to Harvest that includes teaching and leadership positions such as a high school English teacher and an Officer in the US Army. He originally joined the Harvest staff in 2012 as the Children’s Pastor and later became the Family Pastor prior to becoming the Executive Pastor in 2018.
Grady has been married to Alissa, his high school sweetheart, since 1998 and they have four lively, red-headed children – Landon, Reagan, Griffin, and Rowen.
Grady’s earned his Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, his Master’s from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Many people ask Grady what his role as Executive Pastor entails. Simply put, Grady sees himself as an overseer of operations, a ministry strategist, and a supporting partner with the Senior Pastor. As an overseer of operations, Grady brings unity and coordination to the key departments of Communications, Facilities, Finance, and Staffing. As a ministry strategist, Grady takes vision from Pastor Rob and implements it with the ministry staff. As a supporting partner with Pastor Rob, Grady leads both structurally and organizationally. Grady counts it as a joy to serve the local church in this capacity.