Our Leadership

Phil Courson

Senior Pastor

Phil Courson serves as Senior Pastor of Abundant Grace. He and his wife Kay have been married since 1982. They have five children – Stephen (wife Lindsay), Brandon (wife Annie), Tyler, Zach (wife Ashley, and Kayla Rosas (married to Victor). They are also grandpaents, as Stephen and Lindsay have a son. Phil has been involved with full-time ministry since 1986, and began Abundant Grace in 1997 after serving on the pastoral team of Metro Life Church in Orlando, Florida for 7 years. Phil is Vice President of the Alachua County Christian Pastor’s Association. He and Kay have a passion for Jesus Christ, a love for people, a heart for the local church and a desire for the city of Gainesville and surrounding communities to “experience and express the glory of Christ.”

Email Phil at philc@liveabundantgrace.com

Rick Applegate


Rick serves Abundant Grace as a bi-vocational pastor. He has been part of the church since 2002, moving to Gainesville from Indiana where he had served as a pastor for several years. He and his wife Lettie have two children, Isaac and Katie. Rick works full-time for a local energy company in Gainesville. Included in his list of responsibilities at the church is preaching on Sundays, giving oversight to our Youth Ministry, the School of the Word, and our Foundations Class (our gateway for church membership). Rick is a gifted communicator, and has a passion for God’s Word.

Email Rick at ricka@liveabundantgrace.com

Tim Blakemore


Tim Blakemore, along with his wife, Angie and their children, moved to Gainesville in 1997 as part of the church plant team that supported Phil Courson in starting Abundant Grace. Tim and Angie have been married since 1995 and have four children – Josiah, Noah (wife-Michelle), Claire, and Sam. Prior to moving to Gainesville, Tim worked at Missionary Ventures, a missions organization, as the office manager. He now works full-time at a local company in Gainesville and serves Abundant Grace as our financial administrator.

Email Tim at timb@liveabundantgrace.com


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