Letter from the President

Grace University stands at an unprecedented moment in history and is positively influencing our world for the cause of Christ. Recognizing the growing secularization of our culture and the opportunity for even greater significance, our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff enthusiastically accept our calling to disciple students and develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through Christian, biblically integrated higher education.

We are pleased to experience the Lord’s blessing through our highest new undergraduate student enrollment growth in over 30 years. More people are becoming aware of the excellence and value of attending Grace, where students choose from 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion programs in education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries just to name a few.

Those seeking graduate education can benefit from a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Science in Education, and a School Counseling concentration within the Master of Arts in Counseling. The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry has concentrations in Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, Ministry Leadership, Rural Church Ministry, and Counseling Ministry as well.

Our new Grace University Counseling Center and College of Graduate Studies facility in the South Campus are opening new service-learning opportunities for students. Graduate counseling students are now able to work with licensed counselors during their practicum to provide free counseling services to the community.

Adult learners with some college credits can choose academic options in our EXCEL accelerated adult degree completion program.

As you consider joining and/or supporting the Grace University family, know of our commitment to walk with you as you explore your next steps in God’s perfect plan for your life.

Yours for growing in Grace,

President Signature
David M. Barnes, Ed.D.

Phone: 402.449.2809

David M. Barnes, Ed.D.


Mission Statement

Grace University exists to develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.


Grace University Leaders Available for Guest Speaking

If your group would benefit from the unique perspective of Dr. David Barnes, please contact Dani Hatfield at 402-292-5553, ext. 1484, or email dani@alberscommunications.com to make arrangements. There is no charge for the speaking engagement; however, we encourage you to act quickly if you would like to secure a date on the calendar.

Presidential Staff

Board of Trustees

  • Selwyn Bachus, D.Min.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Senior Pastor
    Salem Baptist Church

  • Michael Goding, B.A.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Management Consultant
    M.E. Goding Consulting

  • Curt Hofer, B.S.
    Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
    Jasper Stone Partners

  • Monica Morrison, B.S.
    Blair, Nebraska
    Co-Owner, Retired
    Sunshine Stitches, Retired

  • Jerry Peters, M.B.A.

    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Green Plains Renewable Energy

  • David Reimer, Th.M.
    Newton, Kansas
    Senior Pastor
    Grace Community Church

  • Kay Shilling, M.D.
    Omaha, Nebraska

  • Andrew Sigerson, J.D.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Estate & Business Planning Attorney
    Legacy Design Strategies, LLC

  • Eric Tompkins, M.M.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Director, National Account Sales
    ConAgra Foods

  • Carlon Tschetter, Th.M.
    (2nd Vice Chair)

    Yukon, Oklahoma
    Covenant Community Church

  • Doug Troupe, M.B.A.
    (1st Vice Chair)

    Omaha, Nebraska
    Director, Insurance and Risk Management
    Tenaska, Inc.

  • Michael Whealy, J.D.

    Omaha, Nebraska
    Executive VP/Chief Administrative Officer, Retired
    First Data Corporation