Meet our Staff
Ben Loos, Senior Pastor
Pastor Ben, after graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2008, has been blessed to serve at Grace Chapel in his hometown of Lincoln for the last 7 years. Ben is married to his wonderful bride Katie, and is the proud father of son, Abel and daughter Elanor. Being a father to Abel and Elanor and a partner to Kate is Ben’s deepest source of earthly joy.
Ben enjoys good drink, good company, good books, bad sci-fi films, fantasy literature, role-playing games, Nebraska Football, and Rock and Roll. He is convinced that Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic Thunder Road is a near perfect rock song and considers Miles Davis, Bono, Dylan, and John Coltrane to be some of his closest friends. Still, the song that has captured his heart and rules his life is the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom and Ben longs for that day when all of creation will take that sweet song upon its lips: "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns! Let the sea roar, and roar, and the fullness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is within them. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he comes to judge the earth.” Psalm 96
Brian Brown, RUF Campus Minister
Brian Brown was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University in 1997. After graduation, he spent 9 years as an accountant before being called to Covenant Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, MO, where he received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in May of 2013. Brian became husband to his wonderful wife Rebecca in December of 2000. Rebecca was born in Ruston, LA, and received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Brian and Rebecca are blessed to be the parents of four fabulous children: Sarah Frances born in 2002, Catherine born in 2004, Patrick born in 2006, and Lillian born in 2008. Together they enjoy athletics, family movie nights and anything in and around water. They moved to Lincoln the summer of 2014 for Brian’s call as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Nebraska and are excited to worship, serve, and hang out with UNL students.
Crystal Davy, Director of Music Ministries
Crystal Davy has been the director of music ministries at Grace Chapel since 2006. She completed a degree in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2005. Crystal was born in Mexico to missionary parents. Her family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 2000 where she graduated from high school. While still very foreign at heart, Crystal has grown to love the plains and the people who have built deep community here in Nebraska.
Crystal is wife to the incomparable Ben Davy. They have three children, Addison (5/08), Nora (2/10) and Solomon (12/14). She enjoys music, reading, walks in the neighborhood and strangers. One of her greatest joys is the experience of praising God with His people.
Isaac Terwilleger, Pastor of Children & Youth
Isaac took on the awesome privilege and responsibility of overseeing ministry for children ages 3-18 at Grace Chapel in the summer of 2017. He has been married to Kathee since 1999. They met and married while students at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and have four children: Gideon, Hope, Esther and Eve. Isaac received degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministries from Bethel University in 2000 and served in youth ministry in two churches until 2014, when he began attending Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO to receive his Master of Divinity. He is passionate about youth ministry, helping teenagers own their faith in Jesus Christ and equipping them for lifelong discipleship.
In Isaac’s free time, you can find him cheering on the Huskers, road biking, drinking tea, and hanging out with Kathee and the kids.
Brook Talsma, Office Administrator
Brook first called Grace Chapel home in 2003, but left in 2008 to pursue a Master’s in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She returned to Grace Chapel in 2015 to fill the role of Office Administrator.
Brook enjoys a blazing fire pit with friends, and sipping on a variety of drinks that will keep the blood warm and the conversation flowing. She also loves film and fiction, and any medium that tells a good story. She can walk for miles with her dogs and a good friend for conversation.
Amy Taylor, Sunday School Coordinator
Amy Taylor has been the Sunday School Coordinator of Grace Chapel for the last couple of years. She is a Nebraska girl, born and raised in and around Lincoln. Amy grew up in a large family as the oldest of 6 kids. She has enjoyed working with children for many years and has recently found great joy in taking on a more administrative role for Grace Chapel and its growing families.
Amy is the wife of Ben Taylor, who serves in the Music Ministry on the sound team, and the two of them also serve on the diaconate. In 2014 God blessed them with their son Mason and launched them into a new adventure called parenting! Some of Amy's greatest joys are found in time with both the men in her life, nighttime walks, trips to the zoo, park, pool or anyplace outdoors. She loves opening her home to people, learning their stories, and serving some amazing food.
Sara Parkening, Nursery Coordinator
Sara Parkening has enjoyed serving in the role of Nursery Coordinator at Grace Chapel for the last 7 years. Her favorite part about serving in this capacity is meeting the young families, getting to know the kids as well as her staff and volunteers Sara grew up here in Lincoln and graduated from UNL. Sara is a French teacher at Pound Middle School.
Sara is beyond blessed to be the wife of Eric Parkening (often mistaken as Scott Parkening) and the mother of two energetic boys, Bennet (Age 4) and Crew. Each year, the Parkening family enjoys hosting French speaking interns from Switzerland. Sara enjoys enjoy coffee, chocolate, trying new recipes, local adventures with her boys, spending time with friends, digital scrapbooking, speaking French, and traveling.