The Grimes Family
Pastor Daryl Grimes and his family are originally from North Carolina. Since earning a Bible and Missions degree from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, he has served Christ in ministries throughout North Carolina, Michigan and Ohio. Last year, 2016, marked his 20th year in ministry! For most of these 20 years, he has been able to spend the time doing what he loves most: ministering to God’s people as a pastor and sharing God’s message of hope and forgiveness with his community.
Pastor Grimes has another passion as well…her name is Michelle! Daryl & Michelle have been married since May 16, 1992 and Michelle is a “down to earth” lady who loves to laugh and is very excited about a new career in the nursing field.
However, he now has a new passion …Erie, Pennsylvania! For several years after hearing the testimony of another church planter in the Pittsburgh area mention his love for Erie, Pastor Grimes began to research Erie and visited here twice in 2010. After spending much time in prayer and research, he became convinced that Erie was to be his new home, and the home of a new ministry: Flagship Free Will Baptist Church. The Grimes family arrived in July of 2011 and began developing a core group of interested families. Their first Preview Service was November 20, 2011 and the “Launch Service” was Easter Sunday, 2012!
During their marriage God has blessed them with 3 children: Charity, Luke and Isaiah.
Pastor Grimes looks forward to meeting you soon.
The Drakulic Family
Tony is originally from Erie, growing up in Harborcreek. He and his family moved back to Erie in May 2012 to serve at Flagship Church. His wife, Marie, grew up in a rural community just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Tony and Marie married on March 28, 2003, and their family has grown to include four children: Austin, Tyler, Addy and the newest addition, Trenton. Tony answered the call to preach in the beginning of 2011, and he has a passion for sharing the Word both behind the pulpit and in the classroom. He also enjoys working with his hands and using his musical talents in singing for the Lord. Marie graduated from The Ohio State University in December 2010 with a BA in English. She is using her talents to homeschool their children and teach in the church. She has a special heart and a growing passion for the ladies’ ministry here at Flagship. Austin and Tyler serve as our church ushers. Tony and Marie have a love for Erie, a desire to influence others for Christ, and are privileged to serve the Lord as a family!
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)
The Alvis Family
Pastor Darin Alvis is originally from Indiana. Since graduation in 1995 from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, he has been in the ministry of sharing God’s love. He served in South Carolina as Youth Pastor, and in Missouri as Associate Pastor and Pastor. He loves the Lord and desires to show the love of Christ to everyone he meets.
His wife, Joy, is from Missouri. She also graduated from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College with a Music and Missions degree. She has been involved in music ministry for many years. She enjoys teaching young people music and how to use it for worship in their lives.
After 13 1/2 yrs of ministry service in the state of Missouri, Darin and Joy felt God leading their family to the state of NY. They served in Buffalo for two years before moving to Erie where they have served Flagship Church and the community.
Dalton, Dylan and Melissa have been the greatest blessings to the marriage of Darin and Joy. Their children are a blessing to the ministry as well as to everyone who meets them.