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Our Story

GraceCity, formerly The Grace Network, was founded in August 2011 by Chris & Melisa Stambaugh to holistically combat the issue of human trafficking in the Sacramento region. It’s been nothing short of a miracle to experience all that God has done since that time. GraceCity has mobilized thousands of leaders to leverage their influence and resources to help hurting young people in Northern California, the Middle East, and on the Big Island of Hawai’i. GraceCity is ramping up for our next phase of impact in 2021 and beyond!

Our Vision

“To See Lives Transformed by Grace and Empowered to Impact Cities Around the World.”


Our Mission

“GraceCity Exists to Rebuild Cities by Renewing Hope and Restoring Justice in the Lives of Hurting Young People.”


Our Values

6IX CITY VALUES: The DNA of GraceCity’s Culture

1. Acceptance

2. Greater Grace

3. Cultural Humility

4. Radical Generosity

5. Push The Envelope

6. Unity For The City

Meet the Team

Chris Stambaugh

Chris Stambaugh

Chris Stambaugh is the founder of GraceCity, a faith-fueled organization dedicated to transforming and empowering young people around the world. Serving in the church and non-profit field for 15 years, Chris utilizes his experience to help mobilize and train other leaders on how to thrive while serving in dark places.

Once a homeless teen, now an activist and advocate for reaching the next generation with hope, passion, and purpose. Chris loves utilizing creativity and modern mediums to help engage people to influence Millennials and Generation Z to live for something greater than themselves. He is passionate about helping others become all who God created them to be.

Chris has been married to Melisa for 13 years and has four children: Kourage (11), Selah (9), Samantha (5) and Kaiden (2). He loves basketball, music, speaking and writing.

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John Ramey

Board Member

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Allison Hyatt

Board Member

Freeman Mathis & Gary

Chad Salstrom

Board Member


Melisa Stambaugh

Board Member