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 Elders
Harry Allison, Elder

Harry Allison

Elder

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

Elder

Brian became an elder in 2018. He and his wife Kay married in 1993 and have two adult sons. Brian is employed in sales at a local material handling company. He teaches in 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

Elder

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.

Charlie Eipper, Elder

Charlie Eipper

Elder

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

Elder

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

Elder

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

Elder

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.


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 & 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 likes to hunt, watch high school football, and play “42”.


Blake Boyd, Worship Pastor

Blake Boyd

Worship Pastor

Blake joined the Grace Church staff in 2010 as an intern while completing his bachelors degree at Midwestern State University. Blake and his wife Caroline have been married since 2012 and have three children. While serving as an intern he had an opportunity to lead worship for Junior High students. It was rough but it sparked a growing desire. Blake has a heart for worship ministry and using music as a way for the church body to draw near to God. Blake enjoys being outdoors, the occasional DIY project (when successful) and – most of all – spending time with his family.

Joe Cook, Middle Adults & Education Pastor

Joe Cook

Middle Adults & Education Pastor

Joe joined the Grace Church staff in July 2019. He received his BBS from Hardin-Simmons University and his MABS from Grace School of Theology. In 2015, after 20 years of teaching in public school, Joe became a full-time Hospice chaplain for four years. He grew up in Grandfield, Oklahoma, which happens to have a population the size of his wife Lynette’s graduating high school class. Despite this clash of cultures, they have been happily married since 1992. They have one daughter, Natalie, who attends MSU. In his spare time, Joe enjoys camping and painting in oils.


Bill Daniel, Church Executive

Bill Daniel

Church Executive

Bill 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. While being on staff, Josh completed his Masters in Ministry degree from Grace School of Theology. Josh has been married to his best friend Alli since 2004. They have three children; Ben, Sam, and Anna Claire. 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

Connections 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 since 1988 and have two adult sons. He enjoys traveling, as well as playing and watching sports.

Caleb Levell, Middle and High School Pastor

Caleb Levell

Middle & High School Pastor

Caleb grew up in Grace Church and first joined our staff as an intern in 2014. He is currently pursuing an MABS at Grace School of Theology. He enjoys playing fantasy football (way too much), 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. Caleb feels blessed to be able to minister to middle school students during one of the most pivotal stages of their lives. He is married to his high school sweetheart Holly, and they enjoy gardening, going on walks, watching movies, and jamming out to music in the car. Overall, they 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 and College Pastor

Nolen Smith

High School & College Pastor

Nolen joined the Grace Church staff in August of 2014. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in leadership studies. He has served in youth and family ministry in College Station, Plano, and Wichita Falls. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Elliot (2), and Cooper (1). They are expecting their third child in the Fall of 2019. If Nolen wasn’t living in Texas, he’d probably be in Colorado. He is known amongst his students for his obsession with C.S. Lewis, and his healthy respect for heights (or gravity) and the ocean.


Meet the Ministry Team
Kay Chance, Communications

Kay Chance

Communications

Kay joined the staff in February of 2019. She and Brian married in 1993 and they have two adult sons. She’s a graduate of Wayland Baptist University (BA in Psychology) and Texas Woman’s University (MLS). Kay also works as the content editor for Homeschooling Today magazine and enjoys writing and developing Bible studies for homeschool moms and their kids. She loves spending time with her family, serving in women’s ministry, and doing a little photography on the side.

Gretchen Fuhrman, Accounting

Gretchen Fuhrman

Accounting

Gretchen graduated from Texas Lutheran College (now University) in May 1985 with a BA in Finance and passed the CPA exam in 1994. She’s been married to her husband, David for almost 30 years and they have three amazing children. She’s been the Office Manager for Luby’s for 19 years, and a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for 28 years. She dreams of living on a farm or ranch full of horses and dogs, but since that isn’t happening any time soon, she’s content with her German Shepherd, Wendy. She also loves to feed and watch birds and read anything but self-improvement books.


Lynn Gills, Front Desk & Senior Adults

Lynn Gills

Front Desk & Senior Adults

Lynn has attended Grace church since 1994. The Air Force brought Lynn and her husband Sid, a Chief Air Traffic Controller, to Wichita Falls in 1993. She came on staff in January 2014 as the Senior Adult Ministry Assistant, and in April of 2018 added the position of Administrative Assistant Receptionist. Lynn and Sid have four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They love to travel to the mountains and beaches to see God’s creation in their free time.

Julie Anna Hammett, College

Julie Anna Hammett

College

Julie Anna Hammett joined the Grace Church staff in July of 2019. She grew up in Wichita Falls and worshiped at Grace Church her entire life until she attended Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Master’s Degree in Education. Before working at Grace, Julie Anna was on Young Life staff for 10 years ministering to both high school and college students. She loves the outdoors, being with her family, and any adventures with her husband, Ryan. She also stays busy with her 3 children; Anna Grace, Hutch, and Ellie Rose. Julie Anna and Ryan are expecting their 4th child in August.


Kim Little, Children

Kim Little

Children

Kim has been working at Grace Church since 2002 as the Children’s Ministry Assistant. She and her husband Ross were married in June 1992. Together they have three children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. In her spare time Kim likes visiting and playing with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.

Kelsey Lovelace, Students

Kelsey Lovelace

Students

Kelsey joined the Grace Church staff in June of 2019. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Nutrition. She married Peter in 2017 and spent the next two years in Indiana. She’s happy to be back home near friends and family. Kelsey enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.


Barbara McMahen, Early Childhood

Barbara McMahen

Early Childhood

Barbara is a local girl and third generation native Texan. She has been married to Rick for 43 years. They have three grown children, three children-in-love, four grandchildren, and seven granddogs. She has been a member of Grace for almost 30 years. Barbara was a founder and the Executive Director for the local nonprofit maternity home for 17 years before joining the staff of Grace Church in 2011. She first served as the Preschool Director and now as the Early Childhood Director where she is blessed to share her love of God with children from birth through kindergarten and their families. She also loves to garden, camp, and explore God’s beautiful creation.

Wayne Northcott, Facilities

Wayne Northcott

Facilities

Wayne grew up in Wichita Falls. He began working at a grocery store while in high school and worked his way up to a management position. After spending the next 45 years in management at Safeway, Winn-Dixie and Brookshires, he retired in 2003. He then joined the facilities department doing outdoor, and later, indoor maintenance work, which he has done for the last 14 years. He takes pride in being able to serve alongside the ministry team and wants to keep doing it as long as he is physically able. Wayne has been married to Julie, who was also employed at Grace Church for 30 years. They have three children and ten grandchildren.


Valerie Rhine, Adult Ministries

Valerie Rhine

Adult Ministries

Valerie joined the Grace Church ministry staff in August of 2010. Her main focus on staff is assisting Lance and Reggie with the administrative side of their ministries. Aside from her responsibilities at Grace, Valerie is wife to Bobby, mom to four adult children, and Lolly to nine grandchildren. Oh, and she makes a pretty mean chocolate chunk cookie as well.

Bill Underwood, Facilities

Bill Underwood

Facilities

Bill has been attending Grace Church since 1988. A retired firefighter, he has been on staff full-time at Grace since 2005 as the Facilities Maintenance Manager. He and his wife Donna have been married since 1982 and enjoy spending time with their three married children and four grandchildren. In addition to camping and traveling, Bill also enjoys fishing and hunting, studying up on how things work, repairing anything mechanical, and coffee.


Donna Underwood, Facilities

Donna Underwood

Facilities

Donna has been attending Grace Church since 1988, and on staff since 1999. She enjoyed 16 years as the Nursery Director, and now works as the Facilities Office Assistant. Donna and her husband Bill have been married since 1982 and have three married children and four grandchildren. They are camping and traveling enthusiasts. Donna enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, reading, listening to music and antiquing.

Leah Walker, Special Projects & Missions

Leah Walker

Special Projects & Missions

Leah joined the Grace Church staff in 2004 and has served in a variety of capacities since then. Her passion is helping others live as disciples of Christ. She received a BBA degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Bank Marketing. She worked in corporate banking and health care for many years and enjoys using those skills and experiences in her ministry at Grace. Leah loves playing tennis, fishing, watching football and tennis on TV, and enjoying her cabin in the mountains of New Mexico.


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.