Founder and CEO, Rhonda Grace
Born in 1951, Rhonda grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas where she was raised in a Christian home and was a member of the Methodist Church. She graduated from El Dorado High School and attended Louisiana Tech Univeristy majoring in Interior Design.
Rhonda is a former business owner in Ruston, LA. She is the mother of two daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She currently attends Christ Church in West Monroe, LA
*Called at age 15 to work with alcohol & drug addictions.
*2000 to 2001 – Trained on the streets of New Orleans as the director of a women’s half-way house, specifically ministering to prostitutes and hard-core addicts
*October 1, 2001 to present – Opened up and directed Grace Place Ministries, Inc. (Soup Kitchen & Clothes Closet) .
*2002 – Certificate of completion – Caring for People God’s Way.
*April 3, 2003 – Ordained as a minister by Mercy Ministries International, New Orleans, LA.
*2002 – Member of American Association of Christian Counselors.
*2012 – Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award by the City of Monroe.
*2015 – Certified Responder/Chaplain by Crisis Response International.
Andrea McDonald, Director
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20
Andrea is originally from Monroe and has lived in Scottsdale, AZ for the past 20 years. In 2018, she was called to come back home with her two daughters to be near family. She is a active member of Christ Church in West Monroe where she is involved in women's ministry, small groups and youth. She is also a member of the WM Chamber of Commerce.
She graduated with a Master's in Science at ULM and has owned her own companies since 2003. Her graphics and web design company (FocusBoo.com) created two divisions where she designs a Christian based clothing line sold on Amazon Prime call FaithinBlackandWhite.com, as well as children's book and trading cards called GumbopotKids.com. She has over 12 years working with non profits including horse therapy, foster children, churches and soup kitchens. "We're called to love through the eyes of Christ."
When she started volunteering at Grace Place, she felt like God had her there for a purpose. "When God calls, step out!" Her passion is to serve and "plant" into other's lives for the Glory of God. "We're called to be a light, a reflection of Jesus in this world, so let's shine bright!"
Ann Culverson, Clothes Closet Director
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Ann Webster is the mother of 4 children and grandmother of 11 grandchildren. She moved to Monroe in 2011 and met Grace Place Directors, Charles and Pat Evan, shortly thereafter when she became employed as personal care assistant for their autistic grandson, Morgan. She came to Grace Place at the Evans' invitation initially, but was instructed by the Holy Spirit that this was the place where she needed to volunteer her time. Soon after, as her gifting, heart, and dedication became evident, she was asked by Grace Place Founder/CEO Rhonda Grace to accept the position of Director of The Clothes Closet. She went to work immediately reorganizing and revamping the donations area and store so that it would run more efficiently and bless those who shop there.
Ann is a ten year breast cancer and congestive heart failure survivor. She believes that God saved her life to prepare her for the journey she is on now. She is excited to be a part of what God is doing at Grace Place. Her joyful enthusiasm and heart for the people are contagious and inspirational.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:8-10
Misty has been married to her husband, Bert, for 25 years and they have raised 4 children: Jacob, Adam, and Mallory are all presently attending college, and their youngest, Gracie, is in the 6th grade at Northeast Baptist School. Misty was born and raised in Monroe, and graduated from Louisiana Tech in Accounting. She has worked in public accounting, but has primarily been a stay-at-home mom.
Misty began volunteering at Grace Place with Our Lady of Fatima Church in 2015, but felt the calling to serve more, and was able to commit full-time in August 2017.
Misty’s favorite part of Grace Place is the people, and the opportunity you are given to brighten their day with a smile, calling them by name, listening to their story, or praying with them. You can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit beyond description at Grace Place, and while there, she is often reminded of two beautiful quotes by Mother Teresa: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them” , and “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Mack has been in Monroe for over 20 years and is happily married with 4 grown kids and 6 grandchildren. His favorite part of being at Grace Place is being surrounded in a Godly place. He loves seeing and being able to serve the people.
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Irma is originally from Monroe and has 6 kids and 13 grandchildren. She loves being at Grace Place where the people are kind and humble. "If I can rise from where I've been in my past, anyone can!"
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet. Exodus 20:2-17
Shirley was born in Chicago and raised in Monroe. She has 8 children. She has served at Grace Place for nine years and loves working with the people and making them laugh.