Ministry Leaders


Steve Fuller

Lead Pastor / Steering Team

My name is Steve Fuller and I have the joy of being lead pastor of Grace Church Abu Dhabi.

My wife and I are from San Jose, California, USA, where I was lead pastor at Mercy Hill Church, a church God graciously allowed us to plant.

Our passion is to help people understand and experience all that Jesus promises to be to them as Savior, Lord, and heart-satisfying Treasure.

We live in the Mohammed Bin Zayed area of Abu Dhabi, and enjoy reading, stand-up-paddling, mountain-biking, and Starbucks.


Ben Smith

Pastor of Worship and Discipleship / Steering Team

My name is Ben Smith and I have the joy of being the Pastor of Worship and Discipleship of Grace Church Abu Dhabi.

My wife and I, along with our daughters, are from Fresno, California, USA. I have served over the years as a pastor of worship in various church plants in California, Massachussets, and Georgia.

Our passion is to lead people to be enthralled by the glory of God, in Jesus Christ, and respond with delight in His great name.

We enjoy music, reading, coffee, photography and spending time with people.    


Luke Ebrahim 

Steering Team
luke-ibrahim-mvwu5t5ldjcj66mnvjmu6hyzv9sdqnngj47lro0e9w My name is Luke and I have the privilege and responsibility of being on the steering team and a home group leader at Grace Church Abu Dhabi. My wife and I moved from Ireland to Abu Dhabi in January 2015 to work as nurses in a hospital here. I am originally from Sussex in the UK and qualified as a nurse from Cardiff University in Wales. The Lord clearly brought us here to Grace church to serve Him and make Jesus known. We are passionate about home groups and encourage people to meet the Lord in the Word and in prayer. I have personally found sharing promises from scripture particularly encouraging and helpful in every situation in life. I enjoy cooking, kayaking, playing guitar (badly) and travelling to new places.

 Earl Palacios

Steering Team

I’m Earl Palacios and it is my joy and privilege to be serving in the steering team of Grace Church. My wife, Len, and I are from the Philippines and we have been in Abu Dhabi since 2007. We live in Shakbout City and host one of the homegoups.

Our hearts desire is to see Jesus glorified in Grace Church and His love displayed in the fellowship with our brothers and sisters. Being in Abu Dhabi has impressed upon us how temporary our stay here is and that only God is eternal.


Chinelo Uchegbu

Children's Ministry

I’m married to my wonderful husband Uche, and we are blessed with 3 children. I’m also a mechanical engineer turned expat trailing spouse. 

My desire is to reach and disciple children in a fun environment while building a strong foundation of biblical truths. Where each child will come to know the amazing love of God, become followers of Jesus and be used by Him to share the Good News with those who do not know Him. I want each child to know they are loved by God and by those who work with them.  

At Grace Church children’s ministry, we want to partner with parents to help kids become solid in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” .

If you’re new to Grace Church and I haven’t had a chance to meet you yet, please stop me in passing so we can introduce ourselves. My interests are deeply rooted in family and friendships! I love Jesus, organizing and hosting events, cooking, baking, reading, researching and most definitely shopping. 


Simone "Sim" Humphrey

Welcome Team


I am originally from South Africa and am married to Graham, who hails from England. We thoroughly enjoy living in the UAE and have a passion to see God’s word spread, redeeming lives.

I am devoted to Jesus, yearning to show, and share with all people the immense love He so lavishly pours out on everyone who will receive His grace.

Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

It is my prayer that our welcome committee will joyfully engage in welcoming everyone who visits Grace Church, as we seek to love God and love each other in all we do.


Scott "Flex" Patten

Set-Up and Take-Down Crew
scott-patten-mj477f1lf1zdymo73w5eoxosrrq6g321utg64tonyc My name is Scott “Flex” Patten and I have been blessed to serve our GOD and Savior as the Set-up and Take-Down Task Force leader.  I am a retired Air Force Colonel and F-16 Fighter Pilot from Alabama, U.S.A.  I moved here to Abu Dhabi, UAE in May, 2014 and work as an Instructor Pilot for the UAE Air Force.  I have 4 grown children back in the states.  I have enjoyed immersing myself in this culture, meeting people from numerous nationalities and learning more about UAE.  I look forward to Grace Church being a blessing to the people here in Abu Dhabi.  As an Air Force Commander, I considered myself as a Servant Commander, and as a Task Force Leader, I will serve the our Lord, Grace Church and all that attend our church.  Come join us!

Mary Grace McPhee

Audio / Visual Team

Hi, my name is Mary Grace. I was born and raised in the Philippines, however I moved here to Abu Dhabi in 1999 and I have been working and living here ever since. I am married to Mick, the Highlander from “Bonnie Scotland” and I am a proud mother of our son Mark. My husband and I discovered Grace Church in January 2016 and we wanted to be a part what God was doing here. We liked the picture that Pastor Steve painted of his vision for Grace Church.

One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths".

It is my privilege and pleasure to serve the Lord through Grace Church for His Glory. Being used by God is an adventure you won’t want to miss.



Emily KlinkHammer


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My name is Emily Klinkhammer.  I am originally from Texas, though I've lived abroad in three different countries over the past ten years. I'm married to Kain and am a stay-at-home-mom to our toddler son. I'm passionate about health and wellness and do a little work as a registered dietitian and health coach on the side. I am so blessed to be a part of Grace Church and what God is doing in Abu Dhabi. It is a great privilege to serve Him "behind the scenes" as the events coordinator at Grace Church! 


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