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Phil Courson serves as Senior Pastor of Abundant Grace. He and his wife Kay have been married since 1982. They have five children and a growing number of grandchildren. Phil has been involved with full-time ministry since 1986, and began Abundant Grace in 1997 after serving on the pastoral team of Metro Life Church in Orlando, Florida for 7 years.

He and Kay have a passion for Jesus Christ, a love for people, a heart for the local church and a desire for the city of Gainesville and surrounding communities to “experience and express the glory of Christ.”

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Taddy’s full name is Thaddaeus Schmitt. He was born and raised in Kassel, Germany. He started with his first music lessons at the age of 6. While at a Christian camp in his teens, he met God for the first time and never looked back! He paired his love for music and his love for Jesus and began leading worship every chance he got! When he was 20, he went on his first missions trip with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). During this time, God solidified a call on Taddy’s life to step into full time ministry. Taddy completed multiple ministry training schools with YWAM Denver.

Taddy is passionate about building kingdom community, loving people, and telling them about his amazing healer, deliverer, friend, God and Savior Jesus Christ!

Taddy and his wife Ariel have been married since 2004. They have 3 children.

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Rick serves Abundant Grace as a bi-vocational pastor. He has been part of the church since 2002, moving to Gainesville from Indiana where he had served as a pastor from 1993-2002. His responsibilities include preaching, adult Bible study classes and giving oversight to our Youth and Community Group leaders. Rick is a gifted communicator and has a passion for God's Word. He and his wife Lettie have two adult children, Isaac and Kaitlin.


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