Church Staff


  • Tim Chalas

    Lead Pastor

    Tim, a native of Houston, Texas, moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU in 1988. After graduation, he attended Torchbearers Bible School in Estes Park, Colorado. Tim and Kathryn married in July of 1998, and he joined the Grace Life Staff in September. Tim and Kathryn have three beautiful children, Caroline, Andrew and Olivia. Tim's passion is to share the grace of God and to walk alongside others in their journey.

  • Frank Friedmann

    Teaching Pastor

    Frank grew up on the west coast where he met his wife Janet. They have four grown children, Les-Leigh, Benjamin, Morgan Faith and Avery. After a wonderful time of ministry in Delaware, Frank and Janet answered the call to come to BR and to shepherd Quail Ridge Bible Church (now GLF). It has been Frank's deep and abiding joy to see people find their true identity, worth, and purpose in their sharing in Christ as their Life. 

  • Mandy Martin

    Executive Director of Ministries

    Mandy was raised in Chalmette, a suburb of New Orleans, then moved to BR in 2000 to attend LSU. She and her husband Erick have been blessed with three wonderful children, Clark, Smith and Laurel. In 2012, Mandy felt called to full-time ministry and joined the Grace Life Staff. She loves that her job allows her to combine her passion for the Lord with her passion for organization!  

  • Roberta Schroeder

    Office Manager/Bookkeeper

    Roberta was born in Cajun country, but as soon as she and her husband Frank married after graduating from LSU in 1978, they took off for points all over the US doing television production for Christian ministries. In 1996, she retired from the production industry to raise and homeschool their adopted son, Daniel. In 2007, she joined the GLF Staff. She loves serving the body and being part of the GLF team.

  • Kevin Brandon

    Counseling & Body Life Pastor

    Kevin spent his childhood in Wisconsin where he felt called to train for ministry. He served for over 30 years as a youth minister. In 2012, he transitioned into discipleship counseling ministry and came to serve at GLF. Kevin loves counseling and his family which includes two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two delightful grandchildren who all live in Alabama. Kevin loves to lean in and listen with compassion then share Christ as our Life! 

  • Kathryn Chalas

    Preschool Director

    Kathryn is from Baton Rouge where she met her husband Tim while in college. They married in 1998 and have three children, Caroline, Andrew, and Olivia. Kathryn taught both PreK and Kindergarten and served as an After Care Director at a private school before staying home with her children. In 2014, she joined the Grace Life team to become the founding Director of the Grace Life Preschool.

  • Emily Soule

    Family Ministries Director

    Emily, a Baton Rouge native, married Scott in 2008. They are blessed with three beautiful daughters, Ella Grace, Amy and Ann Virginia. Emily worked in youth ministry for 17 years before becoming the GLF Family Ministries Director. She loves her job because she gets to walk alongside families as they connect to each other and Jesus.

  • Kyndal Jacoby

    Kids' Ministry Nursery Coordinator

    Kyndal was born and raised in BR. In college, she began attending GLF where she met her husband Juan. They have three amazingly energetic boys, Benjamin, Anders, and Hudson. Kyndal joined the staff in 2012 out of a heart to minister to families at GLF. Kyndal is also a licensed therapist with a full time private practice. Both of her jobs are an expression of her love for walking alongside her brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • Sara Dickerhoof

    Kids' Ministry Early Childhood Coordinator

    Sara hails from the small town of Norco. She came to BR in 2002 to study at LSU and to spend Saturday nights as a piccoloist for the Golden Band from Tigerland. Sara's role in kids' ministry is the culmination of her experience in communicating and entertaining. She loves that it allows her to share the word of the Lord with children in fun and meaningful ways. Sara and her husband Josh have three energetic and adventurous boys. 

  • Meredith Metzger

    Kids' Ministry Elementary Coordinator

    Meredith and her husband Jeff started attending GLF in 2007. She began serving in kids' ministry in 2011 so she could talk with her kids, Joseph and Olivia, about what they learned at church. Just two years later, this led to her joining staff. Although Meredith is a trained nurse and continues working in the medical field, she is passionate about teaching kids who they are in Christ and loves doing so in her position at Grace Life. 

  • Nathan Jenkins

    Youth Ministry Coordinator

    Nathan was born and raised in Prairieville. He was homeschooled till college when he attended LSU to study Kinesiology and Construction Management. Nathan was always heavily involved in church from youth ministry to running sound for service. After dating Anna for over six years, they finally tied the knot in April 2018. Nathan is excited to serve in his role on the Grace Life team.    

  • Noelle Balzer

    Youth Ministry Intern

    After growing up at Grace Life, Noelle moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to study theatre. When she returned, she joined the youth ministry team where she gets to share God's love with teens and volunteers. It is the perfect outlet for her creativity and energy. Noelle is thankful for her friends, family and loving fiance, Payton.

  • Jesse Samson

    Worship Leader

    Jesse was born and raised in Baton Rouge. While pursuing a career in music as a young adult, Jesse had an encounter with Jesus. Since then Jesse's desire to lead God's children in worship through song has been the overwhelming desire of his heart. He joined the Grace Life team in 2016. He and his wife Samantha were married in 2009. They have been blessed with three children, Nordy, Jolene and Murphy.

  • Josh Hayden

    Audio/Visual Tech Coordinator

    Josh grew up in Mandeville and moved to Baton Rouge in 2003 to attend LSU. After receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering, he married the love of his life, Angela. They now raise their four children: Jonah, Penny, Elliot, and Yvette. In addition to his full time job as an electrical engineer, he manages all things audio/visual at Grace Life.

  • Daniel Lightsey

    Audio/Visual Creative Coordinator

    Daniel was drawn to ministry at an early age and traveled with a church building revival ministry encouraging hundreds of churches across the nation. He later found himself disillusioned and burdened with upholding his side of the bargain with God. After being invited to GLF, Daniel found freedom from his burden and he has a new perspective on faith as he loves to live out the rest of the Gospel...Christ in us! The hope of glory!

  • Craig Braud

    Maintenance Coordinator

    Craig and his wife Pam are natives of south Louisiana and have been part of the GLF family for nearly 40 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Craig enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, camping, and fishing. After retiring from his engineering career, he joined the GLF staff. Craig appreciates the opportunity to use his skills to maintain and improve the GLF facilities.