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 four 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
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.
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 and Katy currently leading a small group. Jonathan and Katy have three children — Luke, Parker, and Reese.
Ralph Busby began attending Grace Bible Church with his wife, Theda, and sons, Brad and Todd in 1970. Ralph taught Sunday School classes, worked with AWANA, led small groups and served as an elder several years. Ralph retired from SFA after working 41 years, the last 26 as Director of Counseling and Career Services. Our family has been blessed to call GBC our home, and we have been privileged to love our church family and to be loved by them.
Jerry Baker started attending Grace Bible Church six years ago and he and his family became members shortly thereafter. He is married to Sylvia, and together they have two children, Mason and Cate. Jerry has served as a Small Group leader for the past three years, taught 6th grade in Children's Church for one year, and has served on the Worship and Safety Teams. He has been practicing in Nacogdoches since graduating from law school. In addition to representing various individuals and businesses in the community, Jerry presently serves as General Counsel for the Nacogdoches County Hospital District.
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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- Elizabeth Bobbitt
- Rhoni Ray
- Pedro Flores
- Morgan Hinds
- Caleb Fruge
- Liz Guerra
- Kade King, Resident
- Charles Wagner
- Mary Philley