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I was raised in the North Houston area and trusted in Christ as a high school senior on a youth group ski trip.
After graduating from Baylor University, I spent 4 years as a business consultant with Accenture and 3 years as a full-time youth pastor while attending Dallas Theological Seminary part-time. From there, I worked for 15 years in progressive leadership roles in the medical device industry. In 2017, I answered the call to vocational ministry taking on the role of Vice President of Church and Ministry Partnerships with World Vision.
I have been happily married to my amazingly talented, beautiful, and patient wife, Jennifer, since 2001. We have three awesome kids, Grace, Brock, and Cullen.
My greatest passion is sharing the Gospel with a lost, broken, and dying world. I am also passionate about helping unlock and unleash people’s superpowers, hiking, camping, swimming, boating, eating queso, and basically doing anything outdoors with family and friends.
I joined the Grace staff in 2021 and oversee all of our ministry staff. My deep hope is that we would fully live out our mission of being and making disciples for the glory of God.
I grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. My parents were so kind to send me to camp when I was young, and that is where I was introduced to Jesus. I began to grow in my understanding of who Jesus was and is in my life, and I am thankful to my parents who pointed me to Jesus at an early age.
I am married to Kelly, and we have four children of our own, Kalloway, who is married to Bobby, Konner, Kory, and Karoline. We also have two international students from China, Bevin and Henry, who we call our sons.
I joined the Grace staff in January of 2017, and it is my joy to oversee the resources of our organization. God is generous and kind, and He provides generously what is needed to be used to bring Him Glory!
Grace Community Church and Grace Community School have a tremendous influence in the local community, in East Texas, and internationally because of God’s generosity. I pray that we as His children and as a body of believers are generous with our lives to be disciples who make disciples.
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1133
God pursued me from an early age. I was born and raised in El Salvador, where I lived until the age of ten. It was there that the Lord started to work in me by putting the idea of eternity in my heart. I had no answers for what would happen to me after death.
At the age of ten, five of us from my large family (nine total) moved to the United States. After a year in Los Angeles, my mom and four sisters moved to Santa Ana, a city in Orange County, California. During this time, I was invited to a new Hispanic Baptist church. I began attending, and not too long after, at the age of 13, the Lord called me to salvation at an evangelistic meeting. After my salvation, I felt the fear of death lifted off of me like a weight. I immediately began serving the church in all aspects of ministry, including preaching. I believe God called me then, and I began pursuing full-time ministry.
In 1991, I married my wife, Patricia. We have two grown children who are married, two grandchildren, and two adopted children at home. In 1994, I earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southwestern College, and in 1998, I obtained my M.Div. from Golden Gate Seminary. I’m currently working on my D.Min at Midwestern Seminary. I served in full time ministry from 1995-2001 as a church planter and afterward worked for fourteen years as a full-time teacher. I enjoy running, books, history, beans, tortillas, and coffee.
I began serving as Grace Español’s campus pastor in 2015, and my prayer, hope, and ministry goal is to see our Hispanic people being totally devoted to Christ and engaged in the mission of being and making disciples for the glory of Christ.
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1297
Though I was born in a little town called Aguachica, Cesar, I grew up in two different Colombian cities – Cúcuta for 10 years, from the age of 2, and Bucaramanga, where I spent my next 11 years. I first gave my life to Jesus in a kids camp the same day I was turning 7 years old. The speaker invited those who wanted to give their lives to Jesus, and I’m so glad I said YES!
After that, I had this sense of purpose in my life, and a few years later, I knew God was calling me into full-time ministry service. My dad was a pastor, and he truly taught us to love God and to serve His church. I started playing the guitar when I was 15 and leading worship when I was 19. I later invested part of my life as a missionary within the Latino community in the US, both in Miami, Florida, and here in Tyler.
I’m married to the most beautiful Colombian woman, Helena. She’s also a great singer and a committed member of our worship team. We have two wonderful boys. Juan David, the big brother, is a thinker, an introvert, and a very talented musician, and Liam Michael, is an extroverted, expressive, passionate kid who also loves music and singing. We really enjoy worshipping and serving the Lord together.
I joined Grace in February of 2015 and started serving as a volunteer, leading worship since the beginning of Grace Español. I became part of the Grace staff in October of 2018.
I love my job as a worship leader. My heart’s desire is to see people from every nation and language becoming true worshippers of Jesus Christ and living on a mission for Him. I’m so grateful to God that I can see that happening right in front of my eyes here at Grace!
I grew up in Chandler, Arizona. I am married to Shari, and we have raised six children.
I have been a part of the ministry team at Grace Community for many years. I started in 1991 as the Student Ministries Pastor. In 2004, we moved to the St. Louis area to launch and pastor a church that was starting a multi-site ministry. In 2016, we moved back to Tyler, and I began working on the Grace Community School side of the ministry team as the Director of Spiritual Formation. In my current role, I’m serving as the Pastor of Discipleship with a focus on small groups and men’s ministry across all of our campuses.
My deep hope is for everyone at Grace to be intentional about participating in the discipleship journey.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and I moved to Tyler in 1987. I did not grow up in a Christian home and was not raised in church. We attended the Catholic Church when I was younger but had a falling out with the church, and these circumstances led my family to lose faith in the church and in God.
My husband, Corey, and I got married in 2004. We have two boys, Victor and Anthony. We first came to Grace on Easter Sunday in 2017. I came to know the Lord on March 25, 2018, and Corey baptized me the following year.
I joined the Grace staff in August of 2018, and my deep hope is to help my leaders and my kids to grow stronger and have a better relationship with Jesus. Teaching my girls on Sunday mornings brings me such joy, and as we teach them, we also are learning from them.
I grew up in Tyler, Texas, with my mom and sisters. My parents divorced when I was young, and my dad lived in Saudi Arabia, so I only saw him once a year. I was not raised in church but did have strong Christian influences in my life and began attending a church youth group with a neighborhood friend. I accepted Christ as my Savior the summer after my 7th grade year at youth camp after learning of His unconditional love for me.
My husband, Chip, and I were married in 2001, and we have two kids, Ellie and Grayson.
I joined the Grace Staff in August of 2009 as the Girls Ministry Director and transitioned to my current role of Director of Staff Care and Engagement in September of 2020. I am also working toward my Master of Science in Mental Health & Wellness.
I am passionate about leading efforts to nurture culture and staff engagement along with people development. I also have the honor of leading the spiritual formation of the Grace Early Education team. My heart’s beat is to be a pursuer of people just as God has so passionately pursued me!
I was born in Cauquenes, a little city 5 hours from Santiago, Chile, South America. I grew up knowing who Jesus was, but at the age of 15, I met Him at a youth retreat. I saw a miracle in my parents’ broken marriage that I knew only God could do, and I wanted to know more about who did that.
I met my wife, Cecily, in Santiago in 2009. She is from Austin, Texas, and went to Chile to live a full year as a missionary while learning more Spanish. We became friends and got married in June of 2010. We have two beautiful kids, Isabella Belén and Tiago Kava.
I joined Grace Staff in May of 2016, and my passion is to tell stories. My background is in broadcast television, and I think it is so awesome that God orchestrated His plan to bring me to tell stories about Him. I’m always amazed with His surprises!
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1117
John Ray Morales
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I grew up going to church, and at the age of 11, I experienced God’s saving grace and became a disciple of Jesus. Soon after, while on a mission trip, I felt God calling me to use my artistic gifts to share Jesus. Music and children’s ministry work have given me the opportunity to visit and serve in 25 countries so far.
I have a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications and am thankful to God for the opportunities He’s given me to put that to use to impact His kingdom.
I’m married to Tania, and we have four children. Meet “The AJ’s”, Aslan, Abriana, Aidan and Ander. We’ve lived in Tyler since 2013.
I joined the Grace Community Church Communications Team in February of 2021, and my deep hope is that God will use the creative and strategic content we share through all our communications media to bring people closer to Jesus.
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and found Jesus and was baptized when I was 11 years old.
We moved to Tyler in 2009 when I became Sports Director at KLTV-7. I was a sportscaster for 12 years, and I left broadcasting in 2015.
I married my wife Melissa in 2008, and we have two daughters, Isabella (Izzy) and Daniella. We began going to Grace Community Church in 2011 when Tyler really became our home.
I joined the Grace staff in February of 2021, and my passion is meeting new people and hearing their stories. My deep hope is that our videos and communication projects will glorify God and bring hope to those hurting and needing the hope of Jesus.
I grew up in a non-Christian home in Tacoma, Washington, and my future husband, Wayne, led me to the Lord. We have two grown boys, Seth and Brian.
I joined the Grace staff in June of 1998, and my hope is to help staff understand and use the benefits that Grace provides them.
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1190
Jon Davie Osteen
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