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Graceway University

Graceway University

Session Leaders


Tommy Alvis

Elevated Financial

Tommy Alvis provides financial and tax guidance. He is the founder and owner of Elevate Financial and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) in North Carolina.


Phil Evans

Evans & Associates

Phil Evans is the President of Evans & Associates. He provides business, personal property auditing, and consulting services for local government in North Carolina.


Shannon Dyess

Bible Institute Director

Mr. Dyess came to faith in Christ at the age of 15. He has a B.A. in Theology and a M.S. degree in Education Administration. He has pastored in churches in Alabama and Texas and served as principal and teacher of Christian schools.


Davis Conley

Applied Science, M.S.

Davis Conley has a B.S. in Physics, a M.S. in Applied Science plus further graduate work in computational physics. He started his career in Information Technology by supporting scientists in their efforts to simulate the physical world on super computers.


Mike Goetsch

Prototype Health

Dr. Mike Goetsch has been attending Graceway since he and his wife, Sarah, moved to Charlotte in 2018. He owns and operates Prototype Health in Matthews, NC and has been in practice for four years.


Brian Theriault

Travelers Insurance

Major Case Specialist

Brian Theriault is a Major Case Specialist with Travelers Insurance Company, with an extensive background in handling large loss and complex liability claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and litigation.


Chris Edge

U. S. Marshal

Chris Edge currently serves as the acting U.S. Marshal for the 32 counties that makeup the Western District of North Carolina. He has served in the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for nearly 20 years as Deputy Assistant Director, Executive Officer and Chief of several offices. He attends Graceway with his wife, Trisha and their two



Stephen Marcy

Good News Apologetics

Steve is a Steinway trained concert piano technician. He began his career in 1977 as an apprentice in the Steinway Concert & Artist Department housed in the famed “Steinway basement” at Steinway Hall on 57th Street in Manhattan.


Tony Ketron

Licensed Attorney

Tony Ketron has been a Trustee at Graceway Baptist Church since its founding when he and his family first attended services at Colonel Francis Beatty Park.  Tony has been a licensed attorney in North Carolina since 1999 and currently works as an in-house counsel for a national bank.



Tommy Alvis

Most people know that Jesus talked a lot about money and possessions. There are over 2,000 verses on money. Why? It plays a large role in people’s lives, and it is one of the most difficult aspects for most people to honor God with. This program not only provides Biblical reference on such topics as budgeting, asset management, taxes and handling your estate but also the practical application of each topic. 



Davis Conley

Theologically, the Flood was an act of judgement, mercy, salvation and restoration wrought through water. Science has cast doubt on the very existence of the flood, reckoned it to be a local event, deemed the ark inadequate and questioned the veracity of the Biblical narrative. However, reason and faith need not be abandoned in embracing the Flood as a scientifically significant historical event.



Chris Edge

In a fast paced and constantly advancing world, learn what threats your home is facing and some practical ways to ensure your family is safe.  This class will include the safety of your physical house, as well as the loved ones that are inside.  We will cover exterior, interior, and internet safety. 



Shannon Dyess

Rearing good children has always been a difficult task and the heart desire of most every parent.  However, sometimes we feel so inadequate and it seems like our best efforts aren’t quite good enough.  How can parents raise godly kids in a culture like ours?  God knew when He gave you your child/ren that you would be their parent.  He doesn’t make mistakes and He will help you in this challenging duty.  This class will give you ideas, encouragement and renewed inspiration.


We will cover topics like how to lead your child; the parental manual; your first parental priority; social medias; discipline, education and devotional ideas.



Tony Ketron

God expects Christians to be good stewards of our families, money, time and talents. Part of this task involves adequately protecting those resources that God has entrusted us with. As God’s priest commanded His people in 2 Kings 11:6, “so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.” In the modern world, “watch of the house” often involves countering threats to our personally identifying and financial information and avoiding the very real danger of identity theft. In this class, we will highlight the challenges of doing this in an increasingly data driven society with a focus on the protections available to those faced with this challenge and practical steps to avoid or respond to such threats.

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Phil Evans

Financial Stewardiship begins in Proverbs with the definitions and importance of

knowledge, wisdom and understanding: These lead to understanding finances from God’s point of view and agreeing with God regarding our finances and stewardship)

We will discuss how discipline in finances leads to financial freedom. We will identify tools that can assist in that  financial discipline. We will discuss past and current events and how they might influence financial perspectives.