LeadershipStaff Elders Interns
Brent Bullard is the Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church. Brent comes to GBC after having served for 14 years on the pastoral staff of his church in Missouri. He holds a Master of Divinity, a Master of Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 11 years, and together, they have two sons, Uriah and Matthias. You can e-mail Brent here.
Jenny Jones serves as the Preschool Director at GBC. She has attended Grace since 1984 and joined the staff in 2013. Jenny graduated from Stephen F. Austin. Jenny is married to Casey, and they are the parents of Nathan, Luke and Noah. You can e-mail Jenny here.
Jon Hayes serves as the Children's Pastor for GBC. He and his wife, Abbey, both served as interns for our Kids' Program and felt the Lord pulling them to full-time ministry. He is excited to continue teaching kids how the Gospel is woven into all of Scripture and speaks to every aspect of our lives. You can e-mail Jon here.
Bobby Austin serves as the Student Pastor at GBC. Bobby and his wife, Mary, are the parents of Emma, Lucy, and Reed. Bobby graduated from Baylor University and worked for Pine Cove Camps and taught at Nacogdoches High School before joining the GBC staff in 2012. You can e-mail Bobby here.
Roman Walley serves as the College Pastor of GBC. Roman graduated from SFA in 2012 completed his Masters of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Roman is married to Amy, who also graduated from SFA, and they have one son, Roman IV. You can e-mail Roman here.
Stephen Powell is the Worship Pastor for Grace Bible Church. Stephen is currently pursing a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen and his wife, Megan, have three kids and enjoy anything outdoorsy, board games, cooking, and spending time with friends. You can e-mail Stephen here.
Cynthia Knowles serves as the Director of Connection at GBC. The Knowles family have been members of GBC since 2000. Cynthia joined the staff in 2016. Cynthia and Drew have two adult children; Drew (married to Amber) and Hannah. They also have four wonderful grandchildren. You can e-mail Cynthia here.
Holley Chapman serves as the Office Manager at GBC. She has grown up attending Grace and joined our staff in 2017. Holley is married to Andy, and they are the parents of Max and Charlotte. You can e-mail Holley here.
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Grace is led by a group of Elders. These are men who have demonstrated a spiritual maturity that is in keeping with the guidelines set for them in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Our Lead Pastor serves as an equal member of this board, which is charged with several responsibilities. As a group of men of whom our Senior Pastor is one among equals, they are charged with several responsibilities. Some of those are…
- Making provision for sound biblical teaching
- Providing spiritual leadership for the church
- Praying for and with the people and watching over their spiritual and physical needs
- Providing care and correction for members
Bud Wright and his wife, Kathy, have been members of Grace Bible Church for 38 years. Bud has served on the elder board multiple times and his current ministry is overseeing the church’s finances and administration. He is the CEO of TFP Nutrition, an 87 year-old family business that manufactures livestock feed and pet food. He and Kathy have three grown children, Steele, Emily and Ben, all of whom live in Nacogdoches. They are very proud of their three grandchildren, Whit, Jackson and Blakely.
Gene Cagle and his wife, Nancy, moved to Nacogdoches in 1980, and Gene has practiced general surgery here since that time. They have four grown children and all the beautiful grandchildren you see in this picture. Gene has been an elder at Grace multiple times. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and OU.
Zach Martin started attending Grace Bible Church in high school but officially became a member of the GBC family about 13 years ago along with his wife, Ashley. He has served the church as an elder, a small group leader, a mentor, and in various other capacities. Zach owns and operates Cagle-Martin Enterprise a commercial cleaning business in Nacogdoches. Zach and Ashley have a four year old daughter, Taylor.
Ben Dodson is thankful and humbled by God’s redeeming work in his life, which began when he was twelve years old. Interestingly, Ben was the first intern at Crosspoint, Grace Bible Church’s college ministry, way back in 2001. Ben is married to tenderhearted Megan, and together they have two children – Karsten, seven, and Lily, four. Ben and Megan have led GBC community groups for several years. Ben works at Bowling.com as Head of Business Development.
Jonathan Mitchell and his wife, Katy, were married at GBC in 2007. After being away from Nacogdoches for eight years, the Mitchells moved back in 2015, as Jonathan accepted a position at SFA as Assistant Professor in the Math and Stats Department. Since being back, the Mitchells have served in various capacities, with Jonathan currently leading a small group and Katy serving as an Embrace Grace leader. Jonathan and Katy have three children — Luke, Parker, and Reese.
Jerry Alexander and his wife, Jan, have been members at GBC since 2010. They count small group relationships among their richest blessings. Jerry enjoyed a 37 year career with Moore Business Forms which took his family to 6 locations across the country. Each move provided a new congregation to work with and afforded several teaching, leadership, and service roles. Jerry had a second career in commercial real estate. Jerry and Jan are blessed with 3 children and 8 grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors and a round of golf with friends.
Brent Bullard is the Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church. Brent comes to GBC after having served for 14 years on the pastoral staff of his church in Missouri. He holds a Master of Divinity, a Master of Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership. He has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 11 years, and together, they have two sons, Uriah and Matthias. You can e-mail Brent here. You can e-mail Brent here.
2018/19 Interns /
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- Kaylin Schwartz
- Mikaela Lamar
- Andrew McCuistion
- Emma Gann
- Jarrod Reid
- Pedro Flores
- Candace Corley
- Ben Kelly
- Harrison Perkins
- Alyssa Caldwell