What is Grace Encounter (GE)?

Grace Encounter is a Christian Ministry that focuses on spiritual and emotional healing and thriving. Our mission is "Transformation Through Loving Connection". We believe that we are transformed by the love of God and the love of His community of believers. We believe that Christ's mission was to heal the broken hearted and bind up the wounded. In this fallen world we are often hurt, wounded and confused by the pain and darkness all around us. We believe that grace is for more than just saving us in a future state, Grace is here for us now to heal us, and to grow us into a mature wholehearted people. This involves truth, emotional honesty, intentional personal investigation, and healing community. We provide workshops, ongoing community, and teachings that help people to heal, grow, and thrive.


Grace Encounter Board Team

Randal Weidenaar, Culture Change Consultant

Randal is a Culture Change Consultant. He works with organizations to help them focus their culture on the Ultimate Why of relational connection. He spent a decade of his life in missions in Europe. Randal has read extensively in the fields of psychology and neurobiology for his work and ministry. He attended Moody Bible Institute and has a deep love for knowing and experiencing his heavenly Father. He attended Grace Encounter in 2013. He and his wife, Rebekah, have two grown daughters and a grandson. They live in Central Missouri on a small hobby farm. 

Leadership Team and GE Director

Rebekah Weidenaar, CIT

Rebekah is a counselor in training (CIT) currently working on her graduate degree through Grace College. She received her bachelor degree in counseling from Central Christian College of the Bible in 2017. Rebekah has had a lot of multi-cultural experiences as she lived in different countries for 20 years as a missionary child and then as a missionary. She has led a number of women's groups, attended Grace Encounter in 2012, and has been a GE trainer since 2014. She loves to watch her heavenly Father lovingly and graciously speak to people's hearts.

Leadership Team

Frank Marth

After getting his BSBA/Management degree, Frank has held several positions in the business field currently operating his insurance agency.  Hobbies include remodeling houses and various building projects.  He is married to Linda, resides in mid-MO, and is dad to two sons and daughter. 

He has held many leadership positions in his community, his church, and he facilitates groups for Making Peace with Your Past and Financial Peace University.  Frank has a passion for Grace Encounter as through the workshop he is discovering the man God created him to be.  Frank desires to help others discover what’s keeping them from finding joy and freedom to rest in God’s love and grace

Leadership Team

Linda Marth

Linda began her career in business after earning her BS in Business Administration/Marketing.  Reassessing values lead her back to school years later in the field of physical therapy.  She now is blessed by helping people with rehabilitation and gaining quality of life. 

Grace Encounter is the most impactful experience in her life discovering WHO God created her to be, and inspiring a life-long journey with Christ for spiritual and personal growth.  She is humbled to walk with others who desire to break the chains that are holding them back.  Linda is continuously amazed at how God is at work through joys and challenges in life. 

She enjoys time with family, friends, her Golden Retriever, and being in nature.

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We Believe in...

The Bible as God’s inspired, inerrant Word

The Holy Trinity of the Godhead

The virgin birth of Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God

The death and resurrection of Jesus as God’s atonement for sinful human nature

The need for each individual to respond to God’s grace by faith

The sanctifying presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers
That all Grace Encounter leaders and trainers should live lives that reflect the life-giving principles and behaviors described in the Bible. 


Moving toward recovery of the “real you,” enabling you to both give and receive love; discovering a life of grace and truth based on God’s Word and Christ’s love.


Removing the masks you wear; identifying and overcoming lies you’ve believed about yourself, God, and others; discovering the joy and freedom of being who God made you to be.


Realizing you’re not responsible for what happened to you, but you are accountable for how you respond: deciding not to remain a victim, choosing to forgive, and embracing the truth of God’s perspective.


Developing trust and openness with others in a confidential setting, while empathizing with each other’s unique journeys; building supportive continuing relationships.


Experiencing Christ’s love and taking it into your home, workplace, and church, modeling authentic Christianity; using the tools you’ll receive to experience lasting change.

“GE’s the most significant event of my life. Even in difficulties, I have more peace and joy than ever. Grass is greener; birds are sweeter. My life is richer and more worthwhile than ever.”