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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
I grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (the home of Phillips 66 and the Pioneer Woman!). Although I was raised in an awesome Christian family, I did not come to know to Christ until my sophomore year of high school. My eyes were opened to the greatness of the Gospel through a young adult who worked for K-Life who shared the Gospel and built a relationship with me. My life has been completely changed since that moment!
I graduated from The University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in communication, and I earned a Masters in Expository Preaching and Pulpit Communication and a Ph.D from Trinity Theological Seminary.
I’ve been married to my amazing wife, Kara, since 2002. We have three sons, Eli, Nate, and Thadd.
I joined the Grace staff in 2007, and my deep hope for the UB Campus is to see men and women grow in deeper understanding of the Gospel and daily apply the truth of the Gospel to their lives.
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1127
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, with my parents and four siblings. My family started attending church when I was 8 years old. After seeing my parents changed by God, I began having conversations with my dad about faith. I believed and confessed that Jesus is Lord when I was 9, and I was baptized.
My wife, Chrisleigh, and I got married in 2017. We have two boys, Jones and Elliot.
I joined the Grace staff in January of 2018, and my hope for the people of Grace Community Church is that we love God and love our neighbors as we seek to be and make disciples for the glory of God.
I grew up in Royse City, Texas, which got a Buc-ee’s in 2019 and is now officially on the map! My parents led and discipled me to Jesus, and I decided to follow Him when I was about 11 years old. No turning back!
Fun fact: I am a triplet! I love a wide range of music, and I have probably spent too much money on different concerts throughout my life: Coldplay, The Eagles, Chris Stapleton, and even Josh Groban. I am very easy-going except on game nights. I usually laugh at my own jokes, and I am a big fan of adventure, great food, and funny stories! I like to see the best in people and use my energy to encourage those around me.
I joined the Grace staff in October of 2019, and my deep hope is to use music and art to draw us closer to Jesus and inspire us to worship Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
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 spent most of my early years growing up here in Tyler, and I am so blessed to have been born into a family who loves Jesus and sought to help me follow Jesus from my earliest days. Around the age of 6, I began to understand that I was a sinner in need of perfect Savior. I believe that I am messed up and broken in so many ways, yet God created me, loves me, and has great purpose for my life.
Kelsey is my wife, and she is an INCREDIBLE woman. I also have three amazing girls, Hazel, Everly, and Norah. We never have a dull moment in our lives!
I joined the Grace Staff in May of 2016, and my deep hope for the students of Grace Community Church is that they will believe that nothing will satisfy their deepest desires to be known, loved, and have purpose, other than knowing and following Jesus Christ, the promised Savior of our world.
Hi everyone! My name is Marthe (pronounced Mart). I am a Caribbean mademoiselle, born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. I did not grow up in a Christian home, but I attended church frequently. I accepted Jesus when I was 12 and was baptized at 16. I attended Florida Atlantic University, where I was a part of an amazing college ministry. I was challenged in my faith and learned how to share the Gospel with others who do not believe what I believe. At my home church, I was involved in our special needs and children’s ministry, and each week, I got to be a part of sharing the Gospel with kiddos.
I am one of four children in my family. I have three younger bothers whom I love dearly. They still live in Florida with our mom.
If I am not working, you’ll most likely find me reading various articles or books, painting, at a coffee shop with friends, or telling someone about my love for musical theater.
I joined the Grace staff in May of 2021, and my heart and hope for Grace K!DS at UB is to foster a place of community where parents, children, and leaders know that they are wanted, known, and loved.
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1134
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 grew up in Corsicana, Texas, where my family and I attended church. I made my faith my own in high school and college through community.
My parents are Chris and Kari Ivey, and I am the youngest of their four children. I have two older brothers, Matt and Caleb, and one older sister, Jasee.
I joined the Grace staff in January of 2022, and my deep hope is that GSM can be a place where students feel welcomed, encouraged, build intentional friendships, and grow in community where Christ is the center!
I grew up in Tyler and was raised in the church. I first professed faith in Christ and was baptized at the age of six. My faith became an important part of my life when I was in high school, and someone began to intentionally disciple me.
After college, I spent four years as a touring sound engineer for a Christian band. We led worship for countless student camps, disciple nows, and church worship services. During this time, I became connected with Grace Community Church. I eventually applied for a position at the University Blvd. Campus and joined their staff in the fall of 2013.
In addition to my staff role, I’m heavily involved with GSM as a small group leader to high school boys. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, adventures, and cooking.
My hope for A/V at Grace is that we would leverage technology and creativity to point the church toward Jesus and engage them in worship of Him.
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!
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
Biography coming soon
I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was always familiar with Jesus but never truly saw my need for Him. Through hardships and a lot of big life changes, the people in my life pointed me toward God. Once I decided to truly follow Him, my life was filled with so much hope and peace! Hard things still happen, but God continues to be my hope in the midst of trials.
I am married to my best friend, David, and we have a beautiful little girl, Harper. She brings us so much joy and is a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness!
I joined the Grace staff in October of 2021, and my greatest hope is that Grace Community Church would be an authentic community that loves God and people. I pray that anyone who walks through our church doors would feel welcomed and truly seen!
Phone:(903) 593-3800 x1112
I grew up in the great state of Georgia (Go Dawgs!), in a ministry family of teachers and coaches. I came to accept Christ at a young age, but I didn’t learn what it meant to follow Him, seek Him, and have a relationship with Him until much later. After walking with Jesus for awhile now, I know there is no true life apart from Him, and every day is an adventure in Christ Jesus!
My immediate family all live in Georgia. I am not married and don’t have kiddos for now, but I’m taking applications! 🙂
I joined the Grace staff in January of 2017 and cannot think of a greater pursuit than to be a disciple who makes disciples for the glory of God. College students are just my favorite, and I love getting to walk alongside them during this season of their lives. I want them to feel at home at Grace Community and grow to not only know Jesus more deeply but love Him more, too. If or when they leave our city, I want them to take their love for Jesus into their new cities, jobs, and communities for the rest of their lives!
Phonein:(903) 593-3800 x1223