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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.


Dave Bochtler, Senior Pastor: 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 207-225-3859.

Kim Bochtler, Sunday Service Coordinator: Kim ensures that Sundays provide a great experience for regulars and newcomers alike. Kim was a stay at home mom and homeschooler for the first 12 years of marriage. She went on to get her degree in Nursing from U.S.M and worked in the ICU and employee health. She now applies her health background at a regional healthcare organization. Kim is the voice of reason in the Bochtler household and loves her chorkie Pebbles and Project Runway. Contact Kim at or 207-225-3589.

Justin Carver, Associate Pastor & Worship Director: 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 Lisbon Falls 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 or 207-449-0558.

Shelly Carver: Associate Worship Director: Shelly is a born worship leader and singer/songwriter. Her vocals have been stunning people since she was 5... and maybe earlier if you include waling. Shelly is a certified professional coder (CPC) and a mother of three beautiful children. She is married to her high school sweetheart Justin and is a Twilight Junky… and we are not talking sunsets. She loves “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, the coast, and fall in Maine. Contact Shelly at or 207-449-0558.


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. They meet monthly, on the second Sunday of the month.

Chris Abbruzzese: Elder, Treasurer, Web 207-402-0345

Chris Samuel: Parking team 207 252 2930

Kate Abbruzzese: Nursery, Greeting, Prayer Team 207-402-0144

Dave Bochtler: Senior Pastor, Teacher 207-225-3859

Kim Bochtler: Worship Leader 207-225-3589

Justin Carver: Associate Pastor, Teacher, Worship, Youth, Elder 207-449-0558

Paul Ouellete: Visitor Follow-Up, Deacon’s Fund 207-225-3734

Dawn Youland: Events, Nursing Home, Visitation 207-225-2927

Ray & Pauline Roberge: Usher, Cleaning Team

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