Our Ministerial Staff

East Grand is currently served by two full-time ministers, our pulpit minister Sheldon Williams, and youth minister Chris Chiarino.

img_1779Sheldon Williams, our Pulpit Minister and Evangelist, was born and raised in St.Louis, Missouri.   He moved to Springfield in 2001 to go to Missouri State University and graduated the summer of 2005 with a degree in Marketing Management. He has also attained his Masters Degree in Ministry from Harding University.

Sheldon was led into Youth Ministry in August 2006 and began working with East Grand in March 2009. Sheldon changed roles from Youth Minister to Pulpit Minister/Evangelist in February 2014.

Sheldon met his wife Fotine while teaching a college Bible study at the Christian Student Center in 2008. They were married August 2011. Fotine is currently pursuing a Physical Therapy Degree at MSU.

Sheldon is currently developing and leading the East Grand vision of growth. He wants Christ’s love to compel the church into action which will lead to discipleship, evangelism, and personal spiritual growth. He sees the church as a body and a family that is designed to work together to accomplish the will of God and expand His kingdom in our community and the world.

Sheldon enjoys going on dates with his wife, watching movies, sports and sharing his faith through his music, relationships, and interactions with people.


Chris Chris Chiarino, our Youth and Family Minister, was born and raised in Chicago until he was sixteen then he and his mother and sister moved to Mountain Home, AR. This is where he met his wife Catherine. He moved to Springfield in 1999, and she followed in 2002. They have three sons and a daughter.

In 2004, he graduated with his Bachelors in Crime and Society.

In 2008, he graduated from MSU with his Masters in Counseling.

In 2009, he was blessed with a job with the State of Missouri, Children’s Division as an in-home child abuse and neglect prevention worker with families at risk of having their children removed from their home. He says, “It has been a difficult but also humbling job. It has taught me a great deal about how to interact with people and how to better serve them with God’s love and Word”.

He graduated in May 2011 from Harding University in Searcy, AR with a Master’s of Ministry.

As youth minister Chris is responsible for creating, implementing, evaluating and the adaptation of ministerial teaching and activities specific to 6th – 12th grades, in order to create an environment for discipleship to take place.