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
Our Elders are:
Bud Wright 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 has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 10 years, and together, they have their son, Uriah, and are expecting their second child in September. Brent is new to GBC since May 2018 but previously served as pastoral staff in Missouri for 14 years and is gifted in teaching, preaching, and equipping.