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Financial Ministry

Welcome to Financial Ministry!
Change your financial future now! 

At Grace Fellowship, the desire of our financial ministry team is to equip our congregants with biblically based truths on how to handle your finances, get out of debt, and live generously. Twice a year, our various campuses offer a Financial Peace University (FPU) class. This 9 week class is fun, engaging and uses Dave Ramsey’s 7 baby steps to help you get to a place where you can have “financial peace”.

We also offer financial coaching to our congregants. In these personalized/confidential sessions we have coaching teams who can assist in setting up budgets and developing strategies to minimize and eventually remove debt. There is no cost to you for these services.

Other classes we may offer as needed:

  • Teen classes- for those finishing up high school and/or heading to college
  • FPU Refresher classes – for those that have already taken FPU
  • Let’s Talk Money – one hour group sessions covering specific topic’s

If you are looking for more information on the Financial Ministry or we can answer any questions for you, .

Meet our Financial Ministry Team:

Heidi Chipman

Heidi Chipman

I grew up in a small town in the beautiful state of Maine. I came to the capital region area after graduating college with my nursing degree. I have been a nurse since 2016, most recently working as a high school nurse and I absolutely love getting to take care of others every day! In my free time I enjoy reading a good book, dancing, traveling, and listening to country music or Bruce Springsteen.

Volunteer Role(s):

I recently joined the financial ministry team and will be a facilitator for our FPU (Financial Peace University) classes that we offer.

Why I Volunteer:

I was introduced to Grace through a co-worker and we first took the FPU class together in Winter of 2019. I am now so excited to be volunteering as a FPU facilitator and I hope taking the course and the lessons it brings can inspire you in your own life the way it did for me!

Jim Conley

Jim Conley

My name is Jim Conley. I’m 34 years old and I’m a full-time paramedic. I’ve been married for 7 years and have a 2-year-old son. My hobbies include playing guitar/bass, hiking, and working out.

Volunteer Role(s):

I have been volunteering with the financial ministry for Grace Fellowship since 2017. My main area of focus is being a facilitator with our 9-week FPU (Financial Peace University) course but I also coach as needed.

Why I Volunteer:

FPU has made a huge impact in my life. I started following Dave Ramsay’s principles right out of college.  The empowerment and sense of purpose and peace over my finances is something that I want to share with others. I have a passion for helping people, meeting them where they are, and helping them succeed.

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

I’m Bill Dow from Clifton Park where I live with my lovely wife Terri.  We are blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We are both recently retired and spending more time with our grandchildren and families (when I’m not on the golf course!)  We are members of and attend the Grace Halfmoon campus. 

Volunteer Role(s): 

I currently serve as an FPU (Financial Peace University) facilitator and coach with Sue Hermitage at the Grace Saratoga campus, and have been doing this for the last several years. 

Why I volunteer: 

As a life-long follower of the FPU principles, I felt called to this ministry to help others with a proven bible-based plan to get out of debt and save for the future.  I particularly enjoy working with couples whose marriages are stressed with financial burdens and with recent college graduates with large student loans.   

Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson

I was born and raised in the Capitol Region of Albany, NY, and have my BS in Finance from Siena College. I am a dad to three adult children and a grandfather to 2 grandchildren. In my personal time I enjoy golf, bicycling, swimming, bible studies and of course spending time with my family. I have been attending Grace Fellowship for approximately 10 years.

Volunteer Role(s):

I have been working with the financial ministry team at Grace for the last six years in various roles. Presently I have been volunteering as a financial coach and Let’s Talk Money presenter

Why I Volunteer:

I genuinely enjoy helping people feel empowered when they truly understand how to create a strong financial pyramid. Helping people with their personal financial matters has been a part of my professional career for approximately 30 years and my volunteer work with the financial ministry team is the most rewarding volunteer activity I have been blessed with.

Sue Hermitage

Sue Hermitage

I’m Sue Hermitage and my husband is Terry Forrester. We have a crazy dog named Ridley. After living around the country, in various law enforcement positions, we moved here to be near Terry’s family. And what a glorious area to explore my love of the outdoors, hiking, biking, paddling and more to be discovered. I also love to travel. 

Volunteer Role(s): 

I volunteer as a FPU (Financial Peace University) facilitator, both for the FPU 9 week course and also the FPU Refresher course. Coaching is another love of mine, and most of my volunteer work is done at the Saratoga Campus or online. Recently I was able to be a part of the Let’s Talk Money sessions.

Why I volunteer: 

I volunteer because I love to help others and make finances easy to understand.  So many people find finances and/or financial topics to be scary, and I want to help make it not so scary for them. Personal finance is another hobby (crazy weird right), which I am thrilled to share with others and to help them towards financial freedom. 

Charles Holman

Charles Holman

My name is Charles Holman and I have been a member of Grace Fellowship Church for 19 years. I have been married for 39 years to my wife Carrie. I am a graduate of Siena College with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I worked professionally for Price Waterhouse Coopers and Computer Science Corporation. I also was self-employed as a Tax Accountant. I am an avid golfer and enjoy watching the Yankees and NY Giants.

Volunteer Role(s): 

I have been volunteering for Grace Financial Ministry for 5 years; 2 years helping with administrative tasks with Larry VanNostrand and the past 3 years coaching with Scott Ferguson. I am a presenter on Let’s Talk Money, specializing in  Taxation.

Why I Volunteer: 

Since graduating from college, 41 years ago, my career path has been in finance. I not only enjoy this work but also enjoy helping others with their financial matters. I enjoy volunteering and feel this is where God is using me.

Dynasty Maitland

Dynasty Maitland

My name is Dynasty Maitland and I am originally from Queens, NY. I relocated to Troy, NY in 2014 to complete a degree in Business Administration at Russell Sage College. In 2015, my college counselor introduced me to Grace Fellowship and I’ve been attending Grace ever since!  I enjoy gardening, walking, nature & journaling.

Volunteer Role(s):

I just joined the financial ministry team and will be starting this fall as a facilitator for our FPU (Financial Peace University) classes.

Why I Volunteer:

I chose to join the financial ministry team because I’ve been inspired by all of the coaches that have helped me along the way. My journey of personal finances started during my childhood. My grandmother always planted seeds for how to do well with money. When I was 19 I hired my first financial coach. Being taught simple things like how to create a budget & having an accountability partner to teach me how to stick to my budget was very helpful at that age. 

Michele Martin

Michele Martin

My name is Michele Martin, and I am constantly in awe of how God has blessed me. Besides the privilege of being on staff at Grace for the last 20 years in various roles, I have 4 beautiful children and have been married to my husband Joe for the past 23 years. In what spare time I have, I love reading, making homemade cards, photography, baking, traveling and connecting with friends.

Role(s): 

One of the areas that I oversee is our financial ministry, and it is the one I am most passionate about. I have an amazing volunteer team, made up of a group of people who are also passionate about finances and helping others in this area.

Why: 

I believe this is an area that God has gifted me in, in that for as long as I can remember, I loved (and still do!) figuring out ways to save money and share these tips with others. I also love helping others get out of debt and to experience the peace that comes with financial freedom. It’s such a wonderful privilege to work with people and share in their success stories. It can be done!

Andy Martin

Andy Martin

My name is Andy Martin. I have been a kid’s ministry teacher at Grace Fellowship for several years. My wife and I live in Halfmoon with our three young children. I work as an engineer, and I enjoy exercising, woodworking, good espresso, and playing with my children in my free time.

Volunteer Role(s):

Besides being a part of the children’s ministry,  I am a FPU (Financial Peace University) facilitator at the Halfmoon Campus. My wife and I have facilitated FPU at Grace as well as at a previous church we attended prior to moving to the Capital District.

Why I Volunteer:

I volunteer because my wife and I have experienced the freedom and peace of being debt free, and we want others to have that same experience! We have enjoyed leading others through the FPU journey as well as sharing our own experience with others. I aim to help people wherever they are on this journey, and to help them make it to that next step. 

Lori Pizer

Lori Pizer

My name is Lori Pizer and I have been a member of Grace Fellowship since 2003. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man of 17 years. I have a twenty-five year career at Russell Sage College as Director of Institutional Research. I have a great love for animals and spending time outside. Hiking, XC skiing, kayaking, and picnicking are at the top of my list, while also taking in all the beauty that God created for us to enjoy.

Volunteer Role(s):

I have been a financial coach for many years with Grace Fellowship, which I enjoy so much. It’s a blessing to meet so many nice people and help them on their journey to financial freedom. I have also participated as part of the Let’s Talk Money sessions.

Why I Volunteer:

I volunteer at church as I think it’s important to give back to the church and bless others as God has so abundantly blessed me. Being a coach gives me the opportunity to share my experiences in a way that would help others on their financial journey. This ministry can have such an impact on your life now, as well as future generations and I’m blessed to be part of that.

Bill Pizer

Bill Pizer

My name is Bill Pizer.  My wife of 17 years and I have 2 cats at home who think they run the house.  In my spare time, I enjoy bowling, hiking in both the Adirondacks and the Catskills, cooking and playing Scrabble.   I am a computer programmer for a small liberal arts college in the area. 

Volunteer Role(s):

I have been a member of the financial ministry since 2008. Though I occasionally facilitate the FPU (Financial Peace University) classes, my passion is in coaching, and I have been serving as a financial coach in Latham for most of the past 13 years. I have also been a part of the Let’s Talk Money sessions as a presenter.

Why I Volunteer:

My wife and I took the FPU class a while ago. Taking the class really helped us understand budgeting and money better. Since that  time, we have been volunteering in the ministry. I really  enjoy meeting new people and helping them be good stewards of God’s money.

Shaun Roach

Shaun Roach

My name is Shaun. My beautiful wife, Allee, and I have been married since 2015. We are proud parents to two kids and their older brother, Oliver (dog). For fun I enjoy playing basketball, watch documentary films, and playing board games. 

Volunteer Role(s): 

I am a FPU (Financial Peace University) facilitator with our Grace Latham campus, a Let’s Talk Money presenter, and recently my wife and I facilitated a new financial class designed specifically for high-schoolers and those starting college.

Why I volunteer: 

God has used this ministry to shape my understanding of stewardship, which has helped me to understand Him better. The Bible talks so much about money, and I believe it’s an area of opportunity for most Christians to grow in. We are privileged to hear stories of lives and marriages being transformed through this ministry. In short, it’s a blast. 

Allee Roach

Allee Roach

My name is Allee, and I am married to my fantastic husband Shaun. We are the parents of two beautiful kids and a Goldendoodle, and we love being part of the Grace Fellowship community. In addition to facilitating Biblical and practical conversations about financial stewardship, I love to race in half marathons and visit local farms.

Volunteer Role(s):

I am currently a FPU (Financial Peace University) facilitator and Let’s Talk Money presenter. I have also facilitated a financial class for teens, which is a new area that the financial ministry team is branching into.

Why I Volunteer:

There are few things in life that reveal our priorities and passions more than our bank statements. Our money habits – where and how we spend – and our theological beliefs about how money should be managed, will radically shape our character, families, and future. It’s critical that we talk about it, and it’s an honor to take part in those life-changing conversations.