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Neil Greenhaw has been a Worship Leader for fifteen years at churches in Tennessee and Arkansas. After he graduated college with a Bachelors of Music, Neil moved to Nashville, TN and had the opportunity to tour professionally playing electric guitar for The Katinas and other christian artists. He traveled all over the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Neil experienced many life changing worship experiences that influenced the way he viewed worship. Those experiences inspired him to serve the church and lead people in passionate, Christ centered worship. In 2009, Neil recorded his first worship album “Shining” and is currently writing for his next worship album. He continues to travel throughout the year leading worship & speaking at various conferences, camps, and events. In 2011, He built Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville, AR which serves as a creative outlet to write and record music, produce, and also help local businesses with creative media solutions. Neil and Lauren were married in 2004 and they have one daughter London (age 2). They love family time and enjoy spending time outdoors.
Lauren Greenhaw is a Physician Assistant at Wellquest Medical Clinic and Spa in Bentonville, AR and is also a hard working mother at home. She is a very gifted vocalist and worship leader. Lauren also is very passionate about women’s ministry and helping mentor and raise up younger women in the faith.
Neil and Lauren are passionate about worshipping Jesus and also daily experiencing the life changing power of the gospel. They had been talking about the idea of planting or starting something new for the past two years. Neil had an amazing training ground serving at Fellowship Bible NWA for the past 4.5 years. They joined the Grace Hills staff in December of 2011 and believe that God is going to do amazing things, and lives are going to be changed forever. They are praying specifically that the Spirit would break out and that Grace Hills Church would be a radical, passionate place of God Worship.
I was born in a smaller city in Arkansas called Harrison. My family attended Eagle Heights Baptist Church which is where I gave my life to Christ at the age of eight. We were in church most days that the doors were open. By the end of high school, I was leading worship four or five nights a week.
I had a couple of really hard life experiences early on that made it difficult to accept grace. Most of my life leading up to college could be summed up by two things: 1.) guilt 2.)people pleasing
I wanted so much for people to accept me to feel better about the inner guilt that I carried and I allowed the enemy to have footholds in my life as a result of that. I really don’t think I experienced true freedom in Christ until after college. It’s taken many Spirit moments alone, with mentors, and my wife Lauren to help me understand who I am in Christ, and also who I am apart from Christ. – (I can do nothing)
I’ve been involved in Worship Leading for fifteen years now, and I can honestly say I’ve never been more passionate about my faith. I want to bear fruit! I want to see miracles! I want to see lives healed! I want the Spirit to break out and do things that would amaze us. I’m praying bigger prayers than I’ve ever prayed for Grace Hills Church. I’m asking God to reveal Himself to us, and make His Glory known. I am confident in one thing – “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
Vision for Grace Hills Church
What would it be like if Grace Hills Church was a place of passionate worship where there was an expectation and excitement for coming into the presence of God?
What would happen if we were a grace place where the hurting and hopeless could walk in and feel welcomed? – and leave with love and hope!
What would happen if we ran to Christ more than the comforts of the American Dream?
How much impact could it have in the community if Grace Hills Church experienced true community with each other through Grace Groups – and invited more to experience it!
How amazing would it be to have a church passionate about “Creating Culture” and leading the society around it rather than being reactionary?
These were just a few of the questions I was asking myself when Brandon Cox started talking to me across the table at lunch back in the summer of 2011. He was sharing his vision for Grace Hills and I immediately felt drawn to it.
I dream of a church that looks and acts like Jesus did. I keep recalling 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. I believe that many churches have been living and acting out of fear and what I call reactionary ministry. I believe that we are called by God to step out in faith and believe for big things – He is God! I believe that we are called to lead the way and create a “Christ Culture” that would be important to the community around us – a place the community could look to for help and love in times of need.
I pray that Grace Hills Church would be a culture that celebrates truth through God’s Word, a culture that celebrates life change, a culture that celebrates in Worship, a culture that celebrates Jesus above any other thing. May we love God more than His blessings! I pray Grace Hills is a movement that is only the start of many more plants and partnerships in the future that will impact Northwest Arkansas and the world…