Our Staff


  • Donald Shirk Senior Pastor

    Donald Shirk has served as Senior Pastor of Grace since 1987. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary. Pastor Shirk also serves as a Trustee to Clarks Summit University of Clarks Summit, PA. He has served as an Advisory Board Member to The Association of Baptists for World Evangelization (ABWE) and on the National Council of 18 for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC). He is the City of Batavia Police Chaplain. He is married to Claudia and they have 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren. Pastor Shirk loves gardening and yard work.

    Phone: (585) 343-0729

    Email: dshirk@gracebatavia.org

  • Jeffrey Bartz Associate Pastor

    Pastor Jeff is married to Jami and they have 4 boys. He has been on staff since 2007. He is the director of our counseling ministry and training center and is responsible for the educational ministries of the church. He holds a doctorate in biblical counseling and loves the outdoors, especially adventuring with his boys and hunting. 

    Phone: (585) 343-0729

    Email: jbartz@gracebatavia.org

  • Corey Hancock Pastoral intern

    Pastor Corey has served as a pastoral intern since June 2016 and is slated to become a permanent pastor here in the spring of 2017. In May of 2017, he will receive his Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jaycee are the proud parents of their brand-new son, Trevin. When Corey is not at church, he is most likely adventuring with his growing family, helping coach high school hockey, or playing guitar.

    Phone: (585) 343-0729

    Email: chancock@gracebatavia.org

  • cindy heale ministry assistant

    Cindy has served as Ministry Assistant at Grace since 2007. She has an Associates in Secretarial Science from Genesee Community College. Cindy is married to Rick and they have 3 adult children and a lovely daughter-in-law. Cindy enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family.  

    Church Office phone: 343-0729

    email: cheale@gracebatavia.org

  • Charissa Tosh Graphic Design/Media

    Charissa has served as our Graphic Design & Media since 2012. She is a graduate Clarks Summit University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Charissa and her husband DJ are parents to 2 active boys, a beautiful little girl and another on the way. Charissa enjoys natural living, essential oils, photography, cooking and spending time with her family. 

    Phone: 343-0729

    email: ctosh@gracebatavia.org