The Cadden Family (left) and The Dean Family (right)


Lead Pastor

Matt Dean has served as a pastor for congregations in Hong Kong and Atlanta. His family lived in Asia for six years, while serving in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Matt and his wife, April, co-founded Grace Campus Ministries and served the Auburn University community from 2002 until 2009 before serving abroad.

With degrees from Auburn University and Asbury Theological Seminary, Matt has served as a pastor, missionary and ministry leader.

The Deans have been married for 17 years and have seven children - Josh, Caleb, Luke, Anna Grace, Noelle, Violette, and Elizabeth. 

Matt recently completed residency with the Summit Network Church Planting Initiative.

Executive Pastor

Lee Cadden served as College Pastor and Associate Pastor of Teaching in Auburn from 2010 through 2018 at Cornerstone Church.

He and his wife, Lacey, spent part of 2008 in mainland China serving students in Kunming which led them back to Auburn for campus ministry at the end of that year.

Lee has a degree from Auburn University and has completed coursework with Reformed Theological Seminary.

Lee and Lacey have been married for 12 years and have loved investing in the city of Auburn and its campus for nearly 10 years. They have 3 children - Finley, Amos, and Rowan.

Elder Team

Kerry Bradley (chairman) , Dave Meadows, Jack Sommer, Lee Cadden, and Matt Dean currently serve as the Elder Team of Grace Auburn. Members of this team can be reached at elders@graceauburn.church