We are a home for progressive Christians


At Grace, being progressive means:

  • An expansive understanding of God and scripture
  • A celebration of human diversity
  • A strong emphasis on social justice and care for the oppressed
  • An emphasis on the values of compassion, justice, mercy and tolerance, often through political activism

Our Location

113 Hargrove Road,
Tuscaloosa AL 35401

Sunday Worship
9:45 AM – Sunday School
11:00 AM – Worship

Mailing Address
PO Box 1234
Tuscaloosa AL 35403

Tuesday – Friday
9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Our Story

Grace Presbyterian Church, a new congregation, forged by merger of Covenant Presbyterian Church (CPC) and University Presbyterian Church (UPC), was chartered January 8, 2017 when Rev. Jay Wilkins, Transitional Presbyter for the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, presented the Grace Presbyterian Charter during 11:00 worship and officially pronounced us a congregation.  Via a post-worship congregational meeting was Rev. Cathy Caldwell Hoop was approved as the first minister of Grace Presbyterian Church.

On January 8, 2023 Grace Presbyterian Church officially entered an interim period as Rev. Hoop moved to Holland, Michigan to accept the call as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church.

What is next for Grace?

January 29, 2023, the Commission on Ministry of our Sheppards and Lapsley Presbytery appointed a liaison, Charles Nash, a member of Brown Memorial, to assist us with an orderly transition in calling a new pastor.  Two committees were formed: Temporary Pastor Nominating and Pastor Nominating.  By April 2023 the Temporary Pastor Nominating Committee has drafted and published a job description for a temporary pastor. The Pastor Nominating Committee began the work of developing a description of who we are as a church and what we seek in a PC(USA) pastor.  The process involves many steps and will be completed “decently and in order.”  Updates to both searches will be provided on a regular basis.

Even as we pray for and anticipate a new minister, our church’s work and ministry continues.  We are actively engaged in Worship, Mission Peace and Justice, Christian Formation, and Congregational Care.

To learn more about us, who we are, and what we do please continue to explore this website, visit our Grace Tuscaloosa Facebook page and our Grace Tuscaloosa YouTube page.


Our Pastor and Staff

Currently, Grace Presbyterian is in the process of searching for a temporary pastor and a new permanent full-time pastor. We are grateful for the guest preachers who have been leading us in worship.


Leslie Poss

Director of Music & Worship Arts and Christian Formation

“How sad for the soul that will not sing and dies with all its music trapped inside.” Fall 1989, while attending a choral conducting workshop at Samford University I heard this quote and it gave me the nudge needed to quit my full-time church music job in Greensboro, AL, move to Tuscaloosa to enroll at The Univ. of AL to begin and ultimately earn a Doctorate in Choral Conducting. Since 1993 I’ve lived in Tuscaloosa, AL and have directed music for a variety of church and local arts organizations including: First United Methodist Church, Theatre Tuscaloosa, Prentice Concert Chorale, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. In January of 2017, I became Director of Music & Worship Arts and Christian Formation at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Music has always been a clearly defined part of my life; Christian Formation is a new stepping stone along my path of ministry. Incorporating the arts and engaging our human senses in worship and in Christian Formation is how I seek to live out my call at Grace Presbyterian Church. As a new congregation we are on the ground floor, crafting ministries for all ages. We are exploring new ways, techniques, times and places to offer small group discussion, Bible study, discipleship training, and peace and justice action events that help us grow in our understanding of God and God’s Good News for ALL People and that help us put into action living out the Good News to our local, regional, and international communities.

From Annie, A Little Night Music, Hairspray, and Fiddler on the Roof…for twenty seasons Leslie has served as Theatre Tuscaloosa’s resident music director, where her efforts garnered her the 2013 Theatre Artist of the Year honors from the Tuscaloosa Arts Council.

Originally from Georgia, Leslie is the daughter of Chick and Elmira Poss; the fourth of five children. Family influences include: Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Gospel Jubilee, high school marching band, newspaper funnies, and a “spirit of contentment” with what she has. She is married to Sherry Kimbro and they have Sally, a yellow lab and Smudge, a black and white kitten.


John Milas

Organist and HandBell Director

John is originally from Washington state.  He has been the organist and handbell director for Grace Presbyterian since August 2018.  He is also a piano technician with Allegro Piano Service of Tuscaloosa.  Before moving to Tuscaloosa John studied Music Theory and Composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.


Jennifer Sheppard

Food Pantry Manager

Jennifer Sheppard has a history of working non-profit jobs, and is not afraid of physical labor, bookkeepers, or paperwork. She has been the manager of the Pantry since 2015.


Nikki Shelby

Office Administrator

Nikki is from Tuscaloosa and is retired from DCH where she worked for 30 years as a Respiratory Therapist. she just recently help to close Hargrove Memorial United Methodist Church where she was secretary for the last 5 years. Nikki is married to Craig and their blended family consist of 2 sons, 2 daughters in law, and 4 grandsons. But Nikki’s heart belongs to Harley, her teacup poodle. Nikki loves to read and crochet and sings Alto in the Prentice Concert Chorale. Contact Nikki at office@gracetuscaloosa.org


Barbara Burroughs

Bookkeeper and Office Assistant

Barbara is originally from Beaver Falls, PA.  She moved to Tuscaloosa about 2 years ago to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  She is enjoying working at Grace and very much appreciates everyone who helps make her job such a great experience.

Contact Barbara at bookkeeper@gracetuscaloosa.org

Our Elders

Class of 2023

Emily Altman
Chair of Mission, Peace, and Justice

Adam Brooks

Madeleine Hill
Chair of Finance and Personnel

Ann Weeden
Chair of Table of Grace Food Pantry

Class of 2024

Carol DeVelice
Chair of Congregational Care

Steve Marshall

Jane Shipley
Co-chair of Christian Formation

Chris Stone
Chair of Communications

Class of 2025

Leslie Dixon
Co-chair of Christian Formation

John Sikes
Chair of Property and Grounds

Sherry Kimbro

April Lane
Chair of Worship

Clerk of Session
Susan Benke

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