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Senior Pastor

Doug Clark

EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kirk Hudson

Women’s Ministry Global Director

Teresa Ator

Senior Designer and Brand Specialist

Keziah Sanchez

SENIOR WORSHIP PASTOR

Jon Jenz

PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Scott Wilson

GRACE K!DS COMMUNITY SITE COORDINATOR

Ingrid Hogue

ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF MINISTRIES & MISSIONS

Stephen Wickliffe

WORSHIP COORDINATOR

Heather Cornelison

DIRECTOR OF STAFF CARE & ENGAGEMENT

Heather Simonds

AUDIO/VISUAL DIRECTOR - OLD JACKSONVILLE

Alan Cornelison

DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS

John Ray Morales

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Gerry Deese

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Jon Davie Osteen

Maintenance Supervisor - Old Jacksonville & Lindale

Ezra Sanchez

Director of Security Operations

Andra White

Ministry Coordinator to Executive Team

Brittney Hood

PASTOR OF CARE

Shane Barnes

GRACE K!DS OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Alyssa Jacobs

Grace K!DS Elementary Coordinator, OJ Campus

Ashley Epperson

Guest Services Coordinator, Old Jacksonville Campus

Heather Reed

G56 Coordinator, Old Jacksonville Campus

Zoe Ward

Family Ministry Director

Dana Squires

GSM Junior High, Tyler Campuses

Russell Randolph

GSM High School Director, Tyler

Trevor Webb

Facilities Supervisor, OJ Campus

Greg Parker

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Senior Pastor

Doug Clark

I grew up in Akron, Ohio. There were five of us in my family – my parents and my two sisters with me in the middle. I trusted Christ when I was 12 years old and then strayed through most of junior high and high school. The summer before my senior year in high school, two of my best friends and I went to a Young Life Camp in Colorado. It was on the bus ride home that Jesus really got a hold of my heart. I committed to following Him and was discipled, and I’m grateful for the patience the Lord showed me.

I attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where I majored in business. After graduation, I worked for my dad in the family business, saw much of the country from the seat of a bicycle, and volunteered with Young Life. Around this time, I met Vicki. She was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, and God used her in a major way to move me toward ministry.

Vicki and I were married in November of 1987 and immediately moved to Portland, Oregon, where I attended Western Seminary. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology. We have been privileged to raise two incredible children, Micah, who is married to Mary, and Chelsea.

I joined the Grace Staff in December of 2005, and my passion is that we would be a body of disciples who make disciples – that is helping people come to Christ and grow in Christ so they can then help others experience the same for the Glory of God. I want our church to live out the word of God by loving Him and others.

EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kirk Hudson

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. For a few years we also had 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.

Email:kirkh@gcc.org

Phone:903.593.3800 x1158

Women’s Ministry Global Director

Teresa Ator

I was born and raised in a small town in Southern California. As the oldest of four children in a single-parent home, I learned to rely on the Lord for my security and salvation at a very early age. I was 5 years old and sitting in a Sunday school class of a sweet little church down the street from my house when I learned about and excitedly received Christ’s love and redemption!

In my early teen years, we joined a little church plant in the same town and began a journey of discovering what being the church really looked like. The people in that community of believers surrounded my family and walked us through many trials, joys, and hard years of life. Men came alongside us as father figures, women mentored and loved each of us daily, and lifetime friendships were formed that impacted our hearts in unbelievable ways. This is one of the reasons God has put such passion and desire in my heart for the church and the family to form a partnership like no other.

I have been married to Randall since 1996, and we have 5 children and an amazing bonus son-in-law! Michelle, Riley, Jake, Nathan, and our “baby” Lainee are our amazing children. Our oldest daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Blake, have blessed us with our very first precious grandson, Owen!

I joined the Grace team in August of 2011, and my deep hope is that families, kids, and leaders would find community and experience the deep redeeming love of Christ in a way that would cause them to grow as disciples who live life on mission for the gospel!

Email:teresaa@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1222

Cell Phone:(903) 780-5758

Senior Designer and Brand Specialist

Keziah Sanchez

Email:keziahs@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1133

SENIOR WORSHIP PASTOR

Jon Jenz

I grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and came to know Jesus as a freshman in college at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

When I was in college, I made some pretty poor decisions. I guess I was your typical college freshman. Eventually, I was invited to attend a campus church with a friend. The pastor was young and very honest. He pulled out the Bible and started talking about Jesus as if He was his best friend. A few days later, the pastor asked me to lunch and told me how Jesus had transformed him. It didn’t take much longer for me to realize I wanted to know Jesus and experience this kind of transformation. And I have!

I am married to Laura, and we have five kids, Luke, Maggie, Sam, Josie, and Eli.

I joined the Grace staff in 2007, and my deep hope is that our awareness of the love of God for us would spur us to glorify Him with our lives.

Email:jonj@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1126

PASTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Scott Wilson

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.

Email:scottw@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1298

Cell Phone:(636) 373-2804

GRACE K!DS COMMUNITY SITE COORDINATOR

Ingrid Hogue

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.

ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF MINISTRIES & MISSIONS

Stephen Wickliffe

I’m a native Texan who was born, raised, and spent most of my days growing up in Red Oak, Texas. The first decade and a half of my life was filled with church attendance, cultural Christianity, and knowing about Jesus, but not following Him. Jesus transformed me my senior year of high school as He saved me, and I began to follow Him.

I met my incredible wife, Stephanie, in college. Stephanie and I were married in May of 2003. Since getting married, we started a family with one daughter, Mayleigh (the oldest), and three sons, Asher, Beckett, and Callen.

I joined the Grace staff in March of 2005, and I desire to see neighbors, natives, and nations transformed by the saving grace of Jesus! Who will go? Acts 1:8 tells us we are sent by God. It is a directive for all of us to go. Mission exists (temporarily this side of heaven) because people are not worshiping the one true God.

Email:stephenw@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1125

WORSHIP COORDINATOR

Heather Cornelison

I was born in Houston, Texas. When I was in the 3rd grade, my family moved to Whitehouse. I came to know the Lord at the age of 9 during a revival at Sylvania Baptist Church where my mom and I attended church together.

In October of 2001, I married my husband, Alan. We do not have kids, but we have a cat named Cali who we love like a child.

I joined the Grace staff in April of 2012, and my deep hope for the worship ministry is that we will continue to lead the congregation to the throne of Jesus, becoming more in love with Him on a daily basis, not just on Sundays.

Email:heatherc@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1127

Cell Phone:(903) 279-4704

DIRECTOR OF STAFF CARE & ENGAGEMENT

Heather Simonds

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!

Email:heathers@gcc.org

Phone:903.593.3800 x1173

Cell Phone:(903) 530-0881

AUDIO/VISUAL DIRECTOR - OLD JACKSONVILLE

Alan Cornelison

I grew up right here in Tyler and came to know Jesus after my family started attending Grace. I started learning more in my Sunday school class about how we are all sinners and need God in our lives, and I began to feel God prompting me to give my life to Him.

I am a long-time musician and really love working with technical things in the audio-visual area. I am blessed to be able to work alongside my wife, Heather, who is also part of our Grace team.

I joined the Grace staff in June of 2013, and I desire for the audio-visual department to serve all the needs of Grace with excellence in a non-distracting way so our congregations and community can worship and learn more from God’s word.

Email:alanc@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1263

DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE & COMMUNICATIONS

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.

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Gerry Deese

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.

Email:gerryd@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1190

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Jon Davie Osteen

I was born in Texas and raised for a few years in Saudi Arabia before we made our way back to Texas.  I grew up in the church and have been in a ministry-supporting role all my life.

I married Robin in December of 1999, and we have six children: Sarah, Haven, Rachel, Israel, Samuel, and Jeremiah      .

I joined the Grace staff in August of 2007, and my deep hope is that we would exemplify Stephen in Acts 6.

Maintenance Supervisor - Old Jacksonville & Lindale

Ezra Sanchez

Biography coming soon

Director of Security Operations

Andra White

I was born and raised in the Chandler community, where I have lived my entire life. I grew up in a small country church I attended with my grandparents. Because of their godly influence in my life, I came to know the Lord at the age of 5. I watched them faithfully serve the Lord my entire life, giving me a strong desire to do the same.

I am married to Pete, my high school sweetheart, and we have two amazing kids, Colby and Carly.

I joined the Grace staff in February of 2013 as the Operations Director for Grace K!DS. In 2020, I became part of the Operations staff for the church and the school. It is my desire to use the gifts the Lord has given me to serve others in whatever way I can.

Email:andraw@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1113

Ministry Coordinator to Executive Team

Brittney Hood

I grew up in Tyler in a Christian home. My parents poured their lives into helping and fostering children from difficult home lives, and I learned from an early age what it looks like to give generously of all that we have to open our homes and our lives to others. I became a believer at the age of 7, and as a high school student, God brought people into my life who helped disciple me in my faith. I grew to better understand what it meant to make Jesus Lord of my life. It has been a journey ever since learning to abide in Jesus, trusting and following Him.

I met my husband, Trenton, while attending Baylor University. After many years in Waco, we moved back to East Texas with our three children, Ethan, Emmy, and Truett. We have really enjoyed living closer to both of our families. We love spending time together as a family and with friends, playing games, watching college sports, and going on adventures.

I joined the Grace team in 2019 as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for our Tyler campuses and shortly thereafter took on the additional role of Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor. In 2023, and I began my current role as Ministry Coordinator to our Executive Team.

I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to be a part of the Grace team! I love being around people, and it’s a calling and a joy to serve alongside our staff. My deep hope is that we will generously and intentionally pour out our lives to help people feel known, loved, and seen by the Lord.

Email:brittneyh@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1119

PASTOR OF CARE

Shane Barnes

I was born in Midland and grew up in Wichita Falls. My memories of growing up are good ones filled with good friends, Godly adults in my life, loving every minute of playing every sport I could, and experiencing the movement of the Spirit of God in the Lay Witness Mission Movement that continues to impact me even to this day.

Around the age of six, I came to believe in Jesus through the love and witness of my mom, whose godliness and perseverance in following Christ greatly shaped who I became. Even at a young age, all I really wanted to do was to preach Christ and pastor. My theological education has taken me to Dallas Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University. Along the way, I have served in a variety of settings as a Youth Pastor, an Associate Pastor, and a Senior Pastor.

God has blessed me with two beautiful and incredible daughters who continue to be my heroes in the faith. Sarah is my youngest and lives and works in the DFW Area. Abby lives in the Houston area and is married to Lamaur, and together, I am letting them raise my granddaughter, Diza.

I joined the Grace staff as Youth Pastor back in the 80s, later serving as the Athens Campus Pastor from 2008-2010, and in 2010, I came to our OJ Campus.

My deep hope for Grace Community Church is that we would be ever learning how to ravish others with the reality of the King and His Kingdom, offering to people the greatest opportunity they will have in life. Along the way, may we be living with and learning from Jesus how to lead our lives as He would lead our lives if He were us.

Email:shaneb@gcc.org

Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1118

Cell Phone:(210) 287-7012

My Space:@We’ll_Be_Back!

GRACE K!DS OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Alyssa Jacobs

I grew up in Northern California in a small town called El Dorado Hills. When I was 10, my family and I moved across the country to Wilmington, North Carolina, for a few months. When that didn’t work out, we moved back across the country to Las Vegas, Nevada, where we stayed for about 15 years.

I rarely went to church as a child, but as a young teenager, a friend invited me to her youth group, and I fell in love with the people who were in love with their God. They showed me how to love others, honor God, and know Jesus intimately. I began my own relationship with Jesus around the age of 13 and continued being mentored by Christ-loving couples and families in the church. I spent as much time at my church as I could, serving in the nursery and kids’ classes, on the A/V team, and anywhere else they needed me. I was eventually asked to join the staff as the administrative/graphic design/website & app/organizational/anything and everything person. I wore many hats working on our small staff, but I loved helping everything run smoothly.

I love drawing, dogs, coffee, trying new foods, and reading. I am married to my wonderful and talented husband, Aaron, and we have a pretty cute kid named Colson. Aaron and I met as teenagers in our youth group and were eventually baptized, married, and had our baby dedicated all on the same stage! As our family began to grow, we wanted to search for a new home in a new place to raise our kids. While it was painful to say so many goodbyes, we moved our family to Texas in the summer of 2021 and found Grace Community Church a few months later.

I joined the Grace staff in April of 2022. God provided this position in a way that only He could, and I have loved getting to know the amazing team that serves our kids and families. My deep hope is that people would feel loved, connected, and free because of who Jesus is.

Grace K!DS Elementary Coordinator, OJ Campus

Ashley Epperson

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in a Christian home. Even though my whole life was centered around church and Christian things, I didn’t fully understand what it meant to have a real relationship with Christ until I was 27 years old. Since then, it has been such an amazing time of growth.

I moved to Longview in 2008 where I met Daren, and we got married in 2011. We moved to Tyler in 2016 for college and started attending Grace Community in 2017. We have three awesome kiddos, Millicent, Shiloh, and Peter.

I joined the team in May of 2023, and my deep hope is that Grace K!DS will be the place where kids see who Jesus is and discover what He has planned for them so that they can share that with the community God has them in.

Guest Services Coordinator, Old Jacksonville Campus

Heather Reed

I was born and raised here in Tyler in a Christian home. I grew up in the church and came to know Christ at an early age. I remember telling my dad one night that I felt I had a whole in my heart, and I received Christ as my savior that night.

I attended Pine Cove as a Baby Ruth, and that is where I truly experienced discipleship and felt like I made my faith my own.

I’m married to my husband, Burren, and we have three kids, Lemuel, Amelia, and Silas. We love meeting others and spending time outside. You can find us on the farm most days!

I joined the Grace team in September of 2023, and I’m excited to be part of the welcome experience! My hope is that the Lord uses me to be a light to those seeking to know more about Grace and to help them get connected.

G56 Coordinator, Old Jacksonville Campus

Zoe Ward

I grew up in Tyler in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age. While I was growing up, my parents made sure there were young Christian mentors in my life so I could see young adults who loved Jesus.

Currently, I live with my parents (bless them for letting me move back in after undergrad!) and our two dogs, Rory and Daisy. My sister attends John Brown University in Arkansas. In my free time, I enjoy singing and playing piano and guitar. I worked at Pine Cove for several years, so feel free to ask me about my camp name!

I joined the Grace team in September of 2023, and my deep hope is that my 5th and 6th graders would begin to comprehend their faith in a deeper way, feel safe to ask hard questions, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Family Ministry Director

Dana Squires

I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, to a family who loved the Lord and taught me of His love and goodness from the time I was born. I made a personal decision to follow Christ when I was a young child.

I met my husband, Jared, in high school, and we were married in 1991. We have three grown children and one daughter-in-law: Sydney, a licensed counselor in Lubbock; Sawyer, a cowboy and horse trainer in Montana; and Carson and wife, Annie, who are missionaries in India. Our kids all love the Lord and endeavor to make His name known in their own ways.

We moved to Tyler this past summer and immediately began looking for a church home. Through that process, we found Grace Community and joined the Old Jacksonville Campus. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, outdoor activities, nature, attending musicals, reading, and painting with watercolors.

I joined the Grace staff in January of 2024, and my deep hope is that all parents would believe and embrace the fact that they are God’s ordained parents for their children and would have the desire and stamina to integrate a spiritual heritage of true discipleship into their lives that points everyone to Christ. I’m excited to come alongside and pray for parents and grandparents, helping them feel cared for, connected, equipped, and celebrated as they raise their children to be in the world but not of the world.

GSM Junior High, Tyler Campuses

Russell Randolph

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and came to know the Lord in 8th grade through my time in student ministry.

I am married to the love of my life, Madeline. During our engagement, Max and Chrisleigh Heller did our premarital counseling, and Max is who told me about this position at Grace! Before joining staff, I worked as a Recruiting Specialist and Senior Manager of Day Camp at Sky Ranch, and Madeline and I attended the Grace Lindale Campus. In my free time, I enjoy playing disc golf, basketball (Go Spurs!), taking road trips, and music. I am also getting into cooking, and I make a really good smash burger. 

I joined the Grace team in June of 2024, and my hope is that we would help junior high students fall more in love with Jesus and feel the Love of God every time they are in our care.

GSM High School Director, Tyler

Trevor Webb

I grew up in the small town of Diboll, Texas. There was never much to do there, however, there was a church! Growing up as a kid, I never really went to church, except for special occasions, but the summer before my freshman year of high school, a friend invited me to attend church camp. It was at this camp that I heard the Gospel preached and began to wonder who this Jesus was that everyone was talking about. Soon after I accepted Christ and was baptized.

I am married to Rylee, and we typically spend our weekends drinking coffee, playing pickleball, and playing board games with friends. I am a coffee enthusiast and love to make coffee for others and visit various local shops with Rylee. I also enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, and music.

I joined the Grace team in July of 2024, and my hope is to raise up the next generation to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I want students in GSM to understand what it means to be disciples who make disciples, serving in various capacities and pouring into and discipling the future generations that are being brought up.

Facilities Supervisor, OJ Campus

Greg Parker

I was raised in mostly rural parts (Big Thicket) of Livingston, often called “Deep East Texas”, where my family was deeply rooted. My father, mother, and two older brothers rarely attended church, but they all had the blessing of our great grandmother (Ma) and grandmother (Nanny) who lived right next door. We experienced almost daily Bible Study and fellowship right next door through these tried and true East Texas Pentecostal women. Their steadfast dedication to the Lord was instrumental in leading me to seek what they had in Christ Jesus.

My wife, Wendee, and I blended our families in 2012. Wendee had three girls, Katrina, April, and Vanessa, and I had two boys, Charles and Hunter, and two girls, Christin and Caitlin. In 2014, we were blessed with a son, Dawson, together. 

We have served the Lord in many ways as a family, and beginning in 2018, we worked at Hyde Park Baptist Church & School in Austin, where I served as the Director of Facility Operations, and Wendee was a Preschool Teacher. We moved to Tyler in June of 2022 where I continued serving the Lord at Green Acres Baptist Church as Maintenance Director. After being in Tyler just a few weeks, Wendee started working at Grace Elementary. 

In my free time, I enjoy bow hunting, fishing, outdoors, and coaching youth sports. 

I joined the Grace team in July of 2024, and my hope is to build on the existing foundation of the Facilities ministry, seeking all guidance and direction from the Holy Spirit. I want our team to strive for and exude excellence in all aspects of facility management and facility personnel with one common goal – to glorify God!