meet our team

The team at Grace is composed of church staff, our deacon board and

a host of amazing members, volunteers, and regularly attenders. We are here to serve you.

  • Senior Pastor, Dave Bochtler

    Dave has been pastoring in the Lewiston/Auburn area since 1995. He is originally from South Florida and despite their record, still loves the Miami Dolphins. Dave graduated from the University of Maine in 1985 and nine years later, he felt led to pastor a congregation. Dave began distant learning from Dallas Theological Seminary and hosting a small group in his basement. This was just the beginning of a lifelong journey to expand the Kingdom of God through the local church. He lives in Turner with his wife Kim and has 4 adult children. He loves coaching, duck hunting, and golf. Contact Dave at AWTOZERFAN@AOL.COM.

  • Worship Pastor & Teacher, Justin Carver

    Worship Director and Teaching Pastor: Justin has been doing pastoral and music ministry for 12 years. He is so passionate when he teaches and leads worship that he usually sends the guy on the sound board scurrying to turn everything down. Justin is working on a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies from Liberty University. He dwells in Auburn with his lovely wife Shelly and three children for whom fast paced is the only pace. Justin loves hiking and cycling and a sucker for any song written in 6/8 time. Contact Justin at justindcarver@gmail.com.

  • Administrative Pastor, Chris Abbruzzese

    Chris is the voice of reason for the executive team providing business and operational support to the church members, and the other Pastoral Staff. Chris manages the church finances, building, and website alongside lots of talented church volunteers. He is from Massachusetts originally and came to Grace after a 16-year stint in beautiful, tropical Peoria, IL. He lives in Turner with his wife Kate and together they own a cattle and sheep farm and food truck. Contact Chris at bruza83@gmail.com.

Deacon board

The New Testament word “deacon” literally means servant. The deacons at Grace Community Church serve by ministering to others and supporting church staff as they lead our church.

  • Chris Abbruzzese: Administrative Pastor, Elder, Treasurer, Web 207-402-0345
  • Kate Abbruzzese: Prayer Team 207-402-0144
  • Dave Bochtler: Senior Pastor, Eldeer AWTOZERFAN@AOL.COM
  • Kim Bochtler: Women's Ministry 207-225-3589
  • Justin Carver: Worship Pastor, Teacher, Youth Ministry, Elder 207-449-0558
  • Paul Ouellete: Visitor Follow-Up 207-225-3734
  • Ray & Pauline Roberge: Usher, Cleaning Team
  • Chris Samuel: Parking team 207 252 2930
  • Dawn Youland: Events, Nursing Home, Visitation 207-225-2927


ministries

Ministries of Grace Community Church are where you can serve or be served. If would like to leverage your gifts in the service of others, our ministry leaders can introduce you to many meaningful service opportunities that will help you grow in your faith and deepen your fellowship at Grace.

We have pressing needs for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Nursery & Children's Church: teaching, assisting
  • Ushers & Greeters: Sunday mornings
  • Youth Ministry: group leaders, chaperones