Pastors & Staff

Jeff Eckert

Teaching Pastor

Jeff has served as Teaching Pastor at Gracelife Beachside since the church relaunched in January of 2018. This is his second church plant, as he helped plant GraceLife Church in Deltona, Florida in 2015 with his good friend, Tommy Clayton.

Jeff has been married to his wife Lauren for since 2010 and they have 3 sons - Jeremiah, Jonothan, and Jude. Jeff attended the Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California where he has two earned masters degrees - A Masters of Divinity (2010) and a Masters of Theology in New Testament (2013).

Jeff is also passionate about counseling and walking with people through their pain and suffering. He is certified with the Association of Biblical Counselors.

Brad Gornto

Elder In Training

Back in 2018, Brad and Cindy were not actively looking for a new church, but while renting a beach home in Ormond by the Sea for a month, they decided to worship at Gracelife Beachside. They fell in love with the Gospel culture that was preached and lived out there, and they felt called to become a part of the small but growing Gracelife family, becoming members in March of that year.

In 2020, Brad accepted Pastor Jeff’s invitation to pursue eldership and has completed the first two phases of his training to be an elder. He is on track to complete the third and final phase of his training in 2022.

Currently, Brad leads the New Members Class, and also serves Gracelife Beachside in various other ways, including providing his legal, administrative, and tax expertise on a pro-bono basis to the church. Cindy regularly serves in Children’s Ministry and together they lead a Gracelife Beachside home group that meets in their home.

Brad is an attorney who has been practicing law in the greater Ormond/Daytona Beach area for over 20 years. He’s been married to his wife, Cindy, for 21 years, and together they have four children – Bryce, Owen, Joel and Daisy.

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Meet the Staff

Laurie Jennings

Executive Administrator

Ramay Lewis

Worship Leader

Jessica Johnston


Eugene Edmonds

Youth Leader

Rachel Edmonds

Children's Ministry Coordinator