Our church is governed by a body of elders, a foundation which is solidly Biblical (Acts 14:23, Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-4) and has been a part of Grace Church from its beginning. The staff coordinate the daily operations of their area within the overall ministry of the church.

Meet the Staff
Lance Bourgeois, Senior Pastor

Lance Bourgeois

Senior Pastor

Lance first joined the staff of Grace Church 1998 as Small Groups Pastor. Sixteen years later, he became Senior Pastor of a church in his home state of Louisiana, where he served until returning to Grace in 2019. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Married since 1994, Lance and his wife Ellen have a son, Taylor, and a daughter, Anna Katherine. They remain committed to supporting their alma mater by making their annual pilgrimage to see LSU play in Tiger Stadium. More than that, he remains committed to teaching the Scriptures and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

Reggie Coe, Marriage and Senior Adults Pastor

Reggie Coe

Marriage and Senior Adults Pastor

Reggie joined the Grace Church staff in September of 1978 and became an elder in 1989. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin (B.S.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). Reggie convinced Becca to marry him in 1974. They have three grown daughters who have provided Becca and Reggie with ten grandchildren. Reggie’s ministry focuses on families, men, pastoral care, and teaching. He became a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan at an early age and has followed them loyally through the years. He also plays an occasional round of golf (badly) and likes to hunt.

Blake Boyd, Worship Pastor

Blake Boyd

Worship Pastor

Blake first joined the Grace Church staff as a Junior High intern in 2010 while completing his Psychology degree at Midwestern State University. He is passionate about creating an environment that facilitates corporate worship. Blake and his wife Caroline married in January 2012 and have three children. He enjoys woodworking (only when successful), all things music, and — most of all — spending time with his family.

Bill Daniel, Church Executive

Bill Daniel

Church Executive

Bill has been an elder since 2003 and joined our staff in 2011. A local boy, Bill left for Houston in 1970 to meet his wife Cecille and to obtain a BA and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. They returned to Wichita Falls in 1983 and operated a family-owned restaurant until 2017. With his children grown and six grandchildren on the ground, Bill is filling his spare time by bringing his management experience to the Grace church staff on a part time basis.

Josh Fernberg, Children

Josh Fernberg

Children’s Pastor

Josh Fernberg joined the Grace Church staff in June of 2009 with the desire to help children grow in their knowledge of God’s character and discover how big His love for them is. After graduating from the University of North Texas in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Human Resource Management (B.B.A.), Josh attended and graduated from the Kanakuk Institute. Josh and Alli married in 2004 and have three children. In his free time Josh likes to run and play any sport with a ball, but mostly loves hanging out with his family.

Derek Hughes, Middle Adults Pastor

Derek Hughes

Middle Adults Pastor

Derek first joined the Grace Church staff in 1999 as Youth Pastor. After serving as a Family Pastor in the Pacific Northwest for a while, he returned to our team in 2017. He is thrilled to be back in Texas to journey alongside the people of Grace Church. He is most energized when connecting and encouraging people to use God’s Word as their practical, day-to-day filter through which all of life is sorted. Derek and his bride Tammy have been married for 29 years and have two sons in college. He enjoys traveling, as well as playing and watching sports—a good thing since his boys have played club, high school, and college sports in more than 20 states over the past few years.

Caleb Levell, Middle School Pastor

Caleb Levell

Middle School Pastor

Caleb grew up in Grace Church and first joined our staff as an intern in 2014. He is currently pursuing an MA at Dallas Theological Seminary. He enjoys the great outdoors, pick-up football and basketball games, spending a day at Cabela’s, and is usually the first in line for a new superhero movie. He has also collected knives since the age of six and, frankly, spends far too much money in that department. He recently had the honor and privilege of marrying his high school sweetheart, Holly. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll catch them riding their bikes in the evening. Overall, Caleb and Holly have no problems fitting in with the middle school crowd.

Geoff Meador, Communications Pastor

Geoff Meador

Communications Pastor

Geoff has been on the staff of Grace Church since September of 2004. He holds (loosely) a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University and an M.A. in Media and Communications from Dallas Theological Seminary. Geoff and his wife Abby have been married since 2002 and have one son who is, rather suddenly, in middle school. He is responsible for leveraging media and technology to keep our church family informed and, as the one responsible for our website, occasionally changes this paragraph for his own amusement.

Nolen Smith, High School Pastor

Nolen Smith

High School Pastor

Nolen joined the staff of Grace Church in August of 2014. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Leadership Studies. He was a youth pastor in Plano, TX and the Director of Recreation & Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls before landing here. Nolen enjoys spending time with his wife Susan and loves trips to the mountains — particularly in Colorado. He likes the idea of hiking, but would rather just drive to the top. He also enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with friends.

Meet the Elders
Harry Allison, Elder

Harry Allison


Harry has been an elder at Grace Church since 1983. He and his wife Marilyn were married in 1959. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Harry is retired, and he and Marilyn host a Community Group and co-host the Senior Adult Bible Fellowship. He is an avid fan of MSU basketball and the Texas Rangers. Harry also serves on the Benevolence Team and the Administrative Team.

Brian Chance, Elder

Brian Chance


Brian became an elder in 2018. He and his wife Kay married in 1993 and have two sons in college. Brian is employed in sales at a local material handling company. He teaches an ABF and leads a community group for singles with his wife Kay. Brian enjoys reading, traveling when he can, and spending time with family and friends.

Jim Chandler, Elder

Jim Chandler


Jim became an elder in 2009. He and his wife Dede were married in 1986. They have two married daughters and a grown son. Jim is a real estate broker and general contractor. He is active in the worship ministry, men’s ministry, and short-term mission trips. He enjoys exercise and playing golf.

Joe Cook, Elder

Joe Cook


Joe became an elder in 2017. He and his wife Lynette were married in 1992 and have one daughter. Joe received his BBS from Hardin-Simmons University and his MM from Grace School of Theology. In 2015, after 20 years of teaching in public schools, Joe made the transition to full-time ministry as a Hospice chaplain. In our church, he teaches an ABF and leads the GriefShare ministry. In his spare time, Joe enjoys camping and, on rare occasion, gets to dabble in painting.

Charlie Eipper, Elder

Charlie Eipper


Charlie became an elder in 2009. He and his wife Yvette were married in 1994. They have one son and two daughters. Charlie has served on the Wichita Falls Police Department since 1993. He hosts a Community Group and enjoys opportunities to teach in Student and Adult Bible Fellowships. He also ministers with youth on short-term summer mission trips. Charlie enjoys lifting weights, running, reading, and writing.

Bill Gowan, Elder

Bill Gowan


Bill has been an elder at Grace Church since 1983. He and his wife Joan were married in 1961. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Bill has retired from practicing law with Tate, Gowan, and Wilson PLLC. His hobbies include fishing, cooking, and playing golf. He is a Community Group host, greeter, and liaison for the Mission Team.

Phil Ringman, Elder

Phil Ringman


Phil became an elder at Grace Church in 1995. He and his wife Jaynie have two children and two grandchildren. Phil is a senior consultant with a major financial services firm. He enjoys reading and weightlifting, and Phil and Jaynie enjoy dancing and travel. He is involved in the Welcome Team and is a Community Group host.

Larry Schmeltzer, Elder

Larry Schmeltzer


Larry became an elder in 2009. He and his wife Carol were married in 1974 and have two married children and five grandsons in Tennessee and Colorado. Larry retired from the U. S. Air Force after a 20-year career and is now retired after practicing dentistry for 40 years. Larry is an ABF teacher and enjoys travel, volunteering, reading, exercise, and yard work.

Regarding Deacons
In the early church, men and women were examined and appointed as deacons and deaconesses to carry out functions which were not being fulfilled by other members of the church family. We are blessed to have a large, active group of men and women who are proactively and enthusiastically performing such tasks as necessary for the health of the body. For this reason, the elders do not see a present need to formally identify deacons or deaconesses in our midst. We want to express our deep appreciation, however, to all the men and women actively meeting the needs of our church family.