Lead Pastor

Pastor Craig Knisley is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His life was forever changed at Miami University (OH) through his involvement with Cru. During this time he not only discovered an authentic relationship with God but also his calling to full-time ministry. He later received a masters at Dallas Seminary where he felt a call to plant a church. Craig and his wife, Niki, then planted a healthy, life-giving church in the Cincinnati area (Elevation Community Church) until being called to do it again!

Pastor Craig is a gifted communicator with a deep passion for transforming lives through the gospel. He loves Bloomington and is excited to help people meet Jesus! He and Niki live in Bloomington with their three boys, Hudson, Graham, and Tyler. You may see Craig around town, hanging at a local coffee shop or playing basketball at the gym.


Communication & Logistics Director

Niki is originally from Oxford, OH, home of Miami University, and she loves college towns like B-town! She grew up in a (Cru) ministry family and has always enjoyed being active in ministry, especially alongside her husband. She began her degree in Sociology at Miami, where she met and married Craig, then graduated from IUPUI.

She is most passionate about introducing women to Jesus and bringing them up in their faith. Besides serving at Grace, Niki works at Author Solutions and is a mom of three very active boys. On the rare occasions she has free time, you’ll find her sipping a Chai latte and writing her latest fiction novel. She also loves to play games, sing, and read.


Grace Kids Director

Debbie is from Anderson, IN, and has also lived in Tennessee, and Nebraska. She was a church planting missionary in England for 12 years with Christian Missionary Fellowship. She has a degree in Education and Psychology. Her experience with youth ranges from newborn through college age, and includes leading small and large groups, running summer camps for ages 2-12, planning retreats, discipleship, and leadership training.

Debbie is excited to work with the children of Bloomington and share Christ’s love with them. Anytime that she gets the opportunity, you will find her outside taking walks, working out in the gym or finding a project to use her power tools. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.