Grace Powell Sports (GPS) is designed to provide a healthy, holistic approach to the area of sports and fitness. Our camps and classes are created with you in mind! We strive to provide opportunities for all ages to be challenged both physically and mentally. Each of our camps, classes and training sessions will challenge, encourage and support you in the goals that you have set! We believe a healthy lifestyle opens the door for amazing transformation. One of GPS’s goals is to remove the negative connotation surrounding the fitness industry and bring back the positive aspects and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We want you to feel motivated and valued after every single session!
GPS sports and fitness programs are designed for kids, adults and families who are looking for a positive and supportive environment with an emphasis on fun! Our camps and classes are thoughtfully planned and designed by our qualified and caring instructors to provide a great experience that is unlike any other. All of our programs are created with excellence in mind, founded on Biblical principles.
If you have been disappointed in the past by other camps, leagues, classes, or personalized training, then why not try something different? Check out all that GPS has to offer!
Sports & Fitness Director
Sam Barnhill has been the director of Grace Powell Sports (GPS) since its establishment in 2017. Sam is happily married to his wife, Ashley, and together they are passionate about people and building relationships for the purpose of spreading the Good News. Their passions include foster care, international mission work, and caring for the “least of these” in the world. As a two sport athlete in college (basketball and track) and a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, Sam loves all things sports and fitness and believes these can be used as tools to help transform people into the best version of themselves. Sam desires to “take sports and fitness in a new direction,” one that is God honoring and relationship focused.
Bethany is a recent graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Exercise Science. In addition to this, she is a NASM certified personal trainer. Her love for exercise first started in the pool, where she was a competitive swimmer in both high school and college. She still continues to work with young swimmers and is a certified USA swim coach. Bethany is passionate about training her clients to help reach them reach their personal fitness goals; she is also a firm believer in the benefits of getting movement of any type in each day. In her down time, she loves reading books -mainly anything that has to do with nutrition and exercise, and she continues to serve as an intern for Cooking Matters, where she does food demos and classes for the Delaware community teaching about nutrition.
GPS Leadership Team
Jeff Stimpson is the Lead Pastor of Grace Church of Powell. He has been married to his wife Carrie since 1995 and they have 4 children (Noah, Ethan, Luke and Sarah). Jeff is very passionate about sports. In high school and college he played soccer and basketball. Since college, Jeff has coached youth and high school sports for the past 15 years. As a pastor, Jeff believes sports can be used as a bridge to minister to the community and therefore believes wholeheartedly in the goal of GPS.
Flag Football Coordinator
Kyle graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. He additionally is a certified instructor in Ohio Health’s Parkinson’s “Delay the Disease” exercise and balance programming. Kyle is most passionate about our sports programming and the quality of the instruction and fun that comes from it. He makes sure to leave the fitness instruction up to the Sam and Bethany. Kyle is married to Heather since 2005. As a father of 3 boys, Isaiah (10), Elijah (9), and Jonah (7), he desires to see a sports program that incorporates the lessons of life into the world of sports. “Fundamentals are the foundation for quality athletes, and quality Christians.” Kyle was a three sport athlete from Parkway High School, a part of the Midwest Athletic Conference, with varsity letters, in golf, basketball, and baseball. 20 years later, he remains 3rd all-time in assists, and holds the single season 3 point percentage at 46.2%. Join him and Sam Monday nights for Men’s basketball, and you’ll be more likely to see him give a good assist than a made 3. He loves all things sports, especially when they can be played with friends and family. He believes the most enjoyable fitness comes when you get to compete against someone or for something.
GPS Leadership Team
Darren has been attending Grace Church of Powell for a little over 10 years with his wife Kori and sons Drew and Nate. His passion has been working with kids and he has pursued that in his professional career as the current Parks and Recreation Director in Worthington and in prior roles running camps, sports leagues, classes and special events for various cities. He has also coached over 30 youth sports teams as a volunteer as his sons have played soccer, baseball and basketball around the community. Darren is living in his third Big Ten community as a graduate of Illinois and Indiana, but his loyalty is still with the Fighting Illini!
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7600 Liberty Rd. Powell, Ohio 43065