Leadership

Leadership at Grace includes pastors, directors, associates and elders. Learn about all those who serve in these roles!

Pastors & Ministry Leaders

Matt Cassidy
Dr. Matt Cassidy, Senior Pastor

Matt is our primary Bible teacher on Sunday mornings and is in charge of the leadership and development of our pastoral staff.

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He also serves as an elder and has been at Grace since November 1989. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Talbot Seminary, a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from the International School of Theology and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. Matt and his wife, Melinda, have three children.
Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson, Executive Pastor

Ray oversees the pastoral and support staff for the ministries of Grace.

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He aids the staff and Elders in the development and implementation of ministry goals and strategies to improve our ability to minister and serve the people of Grace and the Austin community. Ray is the owner representative for new construction projects at Grace. Ray has been at Grace since 1990 and on staff since 1995. He did his undergraduate work in management at Georgia Tech and served for 17 years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. Ray did Biblical Studies through the International School of Theology and completed his MA in Adult Education and Human Resources Development at the University of Texas. Ray and his wife, Diana, have four children and are now empty nesters.
Jeremiah Ebeling
Jeremiah Ebeling, Family Life Pastor

Jeremiah desires to help all adults, from college students to parents, walk with Jesus and remain committed to Truth.

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He is a proud native of Austin, Texas, and was home-grown right here at Grace Covenant Church. A graduate of California’s Talbot School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree, Jeremiah did his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, earning a BA in Business Management. Jeremiah married his post-college sweetheart, Dayna, in 2006, and they have one daughter, Hope, and three sons—Luke and twin boys, Hayden & Taylor.

Melissa Eckel
Melissa Eckel, Director of Women’s Ministry

Melissa loves helping women grow in their relationship with God and in freedom to be who He made them to be.

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She is originally from Ohio but has been in Austin since 1996. She received her master’s degree in social work at the University of Houston and has been attending Grace since 2002 when she joined the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) ministry and re-dedicated her life to Christ. Melissa is married to Preston and has four children, Jackson, Harrison, Georgia and Josie.


Robert Morris, Pastor of Men’s Ministry

Robert is passionate about seeing the men of Grace become like Christ in all of their lives.

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He is originally from Louisiana where he obtained his bachelor degree in Religious Studies and History at Louisiana College. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he received his masters in Biblical Counseling. He has served at Grace since April 2012. He and his wife, Lauren, have two beautiful children, Nathan and Emily.
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Kris Linenberger, Connections Ministry Associate

Kris’ ministry is to create discipleship opportunities by helping others connect within the church body.

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He and his wife, Lisa, have been attending Grace since the mid-‘90s and have been members since 2005. He graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Texas State University in 2007 and has been serving in various Grace ministries since 2008. Kris and Lisa have been married since 1997 and have two wonderful daughters.

Robin Wieber
Robin Wieber, Pastor of Congregational Care

Robin’s ministry calling is to equip and facilitate care leaders to effectively minister to those in our church and community

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dealing with difficult challenges. Robin has been on Staff since July 2000, formerly as Pastor of Worship Ministries. His undergraduate degrees are a Bible diploma from Inland Empire School of the Bible (presently Moody Northwest) and a BA in music from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. He earned a Masters of Music degree in Church Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Robin enjoys golfing, oil painting, listening to praise, jazz and classical music, and playing the piano and organ. He and his wife, Debbie, have four young adult children: Jordan, Kathleen, Becky and R.J., who is married to Karla.

Kevin Maurice
Kevin Maurice, Youth Pastor

Kevin is responsible for Grace Youth—helping students grow in their faith in Jesus and their relationships with one another.

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Kevin is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received his bachelors degree in Religious Studies and Sociology and where he met his beautiful wife, Kate. He then attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he graduated with his Masters of Divinity. Kevin has served here at Grace since 2011 and he loves calling this church and Austin home.

Brad McNair, Children’s Pastor

Brad leads Grace Kids and ministers to families with children in grade 5 and younger.

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He and his wife, Kate, have one son named Truett. He has been serving in the local church for over a decade. Brad was born and raised in Mississippi and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys reading and anything sports related.


2019-2020 Elders

Mark McClain
Mark McClain

Mark has attended Grace since 1995 and has served as an elder for 11 years.

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He received a BA in economics from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) and an MBA from UCLA. For the past 34 years, he has worked in the high-tech industry for large companies, like IBM and HP, as well as start-ups, like Tivoli and Waveset. He is currently the founder and CEO of a public software company called SailPoint (NYSE:SAIL). Mark has been very happily married to Marjorie (Marj) for over 33 years. Their three children are all married, and they are blessed with four grandchildren.

“My hope and prayer is that we will all become committed followers (disciples) of Christ. Living by faith, loving God passionately, truly loving others and sacrificing our desires to serve them—these are the things that will force people to ask us ‘why?’ My prayer is that our lives will reflect Christ’s character so people who are looking for the Truth will find themselves attracted to Him because they see Him in us.”


Matt Pennies, Elder

Matt has attended Grace since 2008 and is serving his first year as an elder.

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He graduated in 1999 from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in political science and currently works as an organizational development consultant. Matt and his wife, Amy, have been married for almost 15 years and have three daughters and one son.

“We have been so blessed to be here—ministries like MOPS and the incredible women that welcomed and encouraged Amy while we had young children and a busy travel schedule, to the blessing that is our Life Group, to the gifted teachers who serve here—we have been poured into at Grace. I share our collective passion for relational discipleship and hope we continue to reach out and love the people around us like Jesus does and that we encourage and grow each other in a way that honors Him.”

Bill Schreyer
Bill Schreyer, Elder

Bill has attended Grace for about 36 years and has served as an elder approximately 16 years.

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He graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Farmingdale, New York, in 1976 and is currently serving as a pastor at Mission: Possible! Austin as the director of operations. He and his sweetheart, Shelley, were married in 1976, and they have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.

“My passion for all Christians and Grace Covenant Church is to know the reality of a joy-filled and abundant life realized only through the on-going redeeming grace of God. This includes the transformation of our minds and character as we apply the Truth of the Holy Scriptures. As we live Spirit-directed lives, our Lord is glorified, and His presence and work within us is a testimony to those that do not know Christ as Savior and King.”

Dan Walters
Dan Walters, Moderator

Dan began attending Grace in 2008 and has served for almost 8 years.

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He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Currently Dan is an executive coach for C12, the largest peer advisory group in the country for Christian CEOs and business owners. Prior to that he worked for Saudi Aramco for over 20 years in the Saudi Arabia where his children were born and grew up. Such an extended stay in a Muslim country was formative for his family because it helped to shape their identity as followers of Jesus Christ. Dan and Lynda dated in high school and have been married over four decades. They have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.

“When Lynda and I first attended Grace, I told her that something is working at this church and that I would just like to get under the hood to see what it is — still trying to put my finger on that! God has richly poured out His favor on our church. I share Matt Cassidy’s vision and passion that he is just the pastor and that we are the ministers. The church’s role is to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

Gerald Youngblood
Gerald Youngblood, Elder

Gerald has attended Grace since 1989 and has been an elder for six years.

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He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1974. For the past fourteen years, he has owned a small high tech company, FlexRadio Systems. He is a recovering serial entrepreneur having started a number of businesses during his career. Gerald and his wife, Virginia, have been married for about four decades and have three children and six grandchildren.

“My vision is that we the people of Grace love Jesus in such a way that His Kingdom is established here and now. Jesus told us that the Kingdom is here now. That means that He is King in our homes, marriages, parenting, friendships, ministry, work and leisure.”



Jorge Abrego, Elder

Jorge began serving as an Elder in 2019.

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He and his wife, Pat, have been married for over three decades. They have three adult daughters and five grandchildren. Jorge works as a marketing director for a B2B publisher of agricultural content and research. He has been involved with re|engage, The Quest (Men at Grace), Life Groups and Grace Kids. Jorge came to know the Lord in 1998 through God’s overwhelming Grace, and becoming a Christian as an adult has given him a heart for new believers and those who are seeking God.

“Grace is my family and where my view of God is continuously elevated. It’s where Pat and I have been led to be a part of the body of Christ to worship, serve, encourage and be encouraged in our walk with the Lord.”


Matt Cassidy
Dr. Matt Cassidy, Senior Pastor & Elder

Matt is our primary Bible teacher on Sunday mornings and is in charge of the leadership and development of our Pastoral staff.

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He also serves as an elder and has been at Grace since November 1989. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Talbot Seminary, a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from the International School of Theology and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. Matt and his wife, Melinda, have three children.