Staff & Leadership

Elders

Matt Cassidy

Dr. Matt Cassidy

Position: Senior Pastor & Elder

Who is in your family?
Melinda and I have been married for 36 years. What a ride! We have 3 children:

  • Ryan works for Austin Fire Department. Station 26. He is married to Gayle Costas Cassidy.
  • Carey works for Tory Burch in New York City.
  • Amy works for The Disney Co. in Anaheim, CA

 

How long have you attended Grace?
We began attending Grace Covenant in 1988. Melinda and I loved being part of the Grace family as regular attenders. I was hired as an interim youth pastor in November 1989.

How long have you been an elder?
20 years

What is your educational background and current job?
I have a BBA from the University of Texas in Austin, Finance with minors in Real Estate & Math. I also hold a Masters of Divinity from the International School of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology.

What is your vision and passion for Grace Covenant Church?
My vision for Grace is for Her to become all that God created Her to become. I believe local churches are like people: designed uniquely for special good works in Christ, arranged before time. My vision is that Grace would continue to grow in courage in her obedience to the desires of the Father, by the power of the Spirit, for the exaltation of the Son.

My passion is to see peoples’ lives change by helping them understand the depths of Bible truth and applying those truths; relying on the Spirit.


What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?
That Grace would introduce and guide each and every person we can touch to progressively experience the power, honor and freedom that comes with a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

What ministries are you currently involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups?
I am, and have been, serving Grace as the Senior Pastor for 20 years. Previously, I served in Adult Ministries for 2 years, and in the Student Ministry for 9.5 years.

Dr. Matt Cassidy

Senior Pastor & Elder

Who is in your family? Melinda and I have been married for 36 years. What a ride! We have 3...

Jorge Abrego

Jorge Abrego

Position: Elder

Who is in your family?

My lovely wife Patricia (Pat) and I have been married for over 34 years and have three daughters:

  • Carissa – linguist and writing program director at University of Chicago, with two children Valencia and Marina
  • Elise – a health benefits financial analyst living here in Austin, with two twin boys Joel and Caleb
  • Serena – a high school English teacher in Orange County CA, with a 2-year old girl named Lucia

 

How long have you attended Grace?

We have attended GCC since 2010 upon moving to Austin from southern California and have been members since 2011.

 

How long have you been an elder?

I’ve served as an elder for two years and prior to that as an elder-intern for one year.

 

What is your educational background and current job?

I have a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Marketing from California State University in Long Beach. I have 27-year history in marketing, media and advertising, having worked for various advertising agencies and media companies such as CBS and Viacom. I currently work as the advertising director of a B2B publishing company.

 

What is your vision and passion for the people of Grace?

That we live out the “one anothers” by being intentional participants in relational discipleship through ministries and an organic body of life here on campus, in our neighborhoods and wherever God calls us to. To be transformed by God’s grace into the likeness of Jesus and find fulfillment in knowing God more intimately, as well as being known by others through authenticity, transparency and vulnerability.

 

What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?

For unity of spirit in lifting up Jesus’ name so that others are drawn to Him and invite Him into their life. That our church would be a conscientious steward of God’s Word by being a beacon of healing, generosity and compassion for one another, our communities and the world.

 

What ministries are you involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups?

Pat and I have served as closed group leaders in the Re|Engage Marriage Ministry on and off since its inception at Grace in 2012. We also lead a Life Group. I participate in the Quest Men’s Ministry. I enjoy informal one-on-one discipleship of new believers and men seeking to find their footing as spiritual leaders at home and at work.

Jorge Abrego

Elder

Who is in your family? My lovely wife Patricia (Pat) and I have been married for over 34 years and...

Mark McClain

Position: Elder

Who is in your family?

I have been extremely happily married to Marjorie (Marj) for over 35 years. We have three children:

  • Andy is married to Erika. He is a coach/teacher at Hutto High School. They have 3 children (Melanie, Morgan and Emmy).
  • Rachel is married to John Dow. They have 2 children (Malia and Levi), and live in south Austin.
  • Grace is married to Pate Howard. They have 1 child (Lucy) and live in Birmingham, AL.

My family brings me the greatest possible joy I can imagine on this earth.

How long have you attended Grace?

I have attended Grace Covenant since 1995, when we moved here from California.

How long have you been an elder?

This time around, I have been on the board for a year. Prior to a 2-year hiatus, I served as an elder for about 15 years.

What is your educational background and current job?

I received a BA in Economics from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) and an MBA from UCLA. For the past 36 years, I have worked in the high-tech industry for large companies, like IBM and HP, as well as start-ups, like Tivoli and Waveset. I’m currently CEO and founder of a software company called SailPoint (NYSE:SAIL).

What is your vision or passion for the people of Grace?

It’s very simple, really. My hope and prayer is that we will all become more like Christ in all of life. It’s far too easy in our country to give lip service to the notion of Christianity. It can be more like belonging to the local community organization than experiencing a life-long passion to learn what it means to follow 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.

What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?

I pray that others will know we are followers of Christ by our love – real, authentic, grace-filled, tough-when-necessary, peacemaking, servant-hearted … love.

What ministries are you currently involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups?

For the past few years, I have had the privilege to serve as a leader in the Empty Nesters Adult Community. Over my 25 years at Grace, I have been involved as a leader or teacher in many different ministries, including various Adult Communities, Men’s Ministry, Life Groups, and a number of others.

Mark McClain

Elder

Who is in your family? I have been extremely happily married to Marjorie (Marj) for over 35 years. We have...

Matt Pennies

Matt Pennies

Position: Elder

Who is in your family?

Amy and I have been married for 18 years and, after my salvation, she is God’s greatest blessing to me.  We have 4 children:

  • Brooklyn (16)
  • Annabella (15)
  • Alyssa (12)
  • Joe Joe – our 9-year-old son.

 

How long have you attended Grace? 

We began attending Grace Covenant in 2008.

How long have you been an elder? 

I’ve served as an elder for the past 3 years.  

What is your educational background and current job?

I have a BA in Political Science from Southwest Texas State and began my professional career teaching high school government and economics and coaching basketball at Prairie Lea High School.  I transitioned into corporate training and organizational development and eventually gravitated into sales.  I’ve led large sales teams for the last decade and currently have responsibility for revenue generation at an online learning platform called Varsity Tutors.

What is your vision and passion for Grace Covenant Church?

This bio won’t do justice to the many ways God has used Grace and the many ministries here to bless my family and me.  Early in 2010, I was working in Chicago four days a week and the women in MOPS loved and embraced Amy during a hectic season of travel.  Those relationships helped forge the Life Group that still meets every other Friday and has given us some of the best friendships of our lives.  The gifted teachers at Grace I get to serve alongside, and the Elders who have seen fit to pray for me and mentor me have been an incredible blessing.  It would be too easy to call Grace our “home” – but that’s what it is.  The Lord has seen fit to bless us with a church family that we get to live life with.   We have embraced the term Relational Discipleship at Grace – and we mean it.  I’ve experienced it and want others to as well.

What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?

I pray that in everything we do the Holy Spirit would empower and enable us to love people like Jesus does.  I pray that He would use us to this end, that He would bless the efforts of our bodies and minds.  I pray we would trust Him and honor Him with all we do and that, above all, the name of Jesus would be glorified.  

What ministries are you currently involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups? 

Amy and I began serving Grace in the Children’s Ministry.  She has since begun to serve in Women’s Bible Study and I went on to help Grace develop our Life Group strategy. In addition to serving as an Elder, I’m currently part of the teaching team we call Central Teachings and I have the privilege of teaching in most of our Adult Communities as well as some of the larger group classes Grace offers each semester.

Matt Pennies

Elder

Who is in your family? Amy and I have been married for 18 years and, after my salvation, she is...

Bill Schreyer

Bill Schreyer

Position: Elder

Who is in your family?

Shelley, my dear sweetheart, and I were married in 1976. Shelley is the Restoration Art Center Director in Pflugerville with Mission: Possible! Austin, leading a neighborhood outreach. The Lord has blessed us with three children:

  • Cheryl is married to Ben Lowe and is in Washington with our grandchildren (Hannah, Hayley, Isaiah & Isabella)
  • Jacob and Channing Schreyer, currently in San Antonio, with our three grandchildren (Caleb, James and David).
  • Bob, in Round Rock, is a massage therapist.

 

How long have you attended Grace?

We have attended Grace for 39 years, shortly after our arrival from Long Island, New York.

 

How long have you been an elder? 

I have served for about 17 years.

 

What is your educational background and current job?

In 1976, I graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Farmingdale, New York and currently the COO/CQA of a local manufacturing operation.

 

What is your vision and passion for Grace Covenant Church?

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 of course 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 drawing testimony to those that do not know Christ as Savior and King.

 

What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?

My fervent and continuing prayer for GCC is for the uncompromised truth of the Holy Scripture preached, taught, and lived through our lives until the Lord returns. I pray the result of this Living Truth will be an irrepressible love for one another, for those that need God’s salvation and a constant flow of souls coming to know His salvation.

 

What ministries are you currently involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups?

My current involvements at Grace are:

  • Adult Community teacher (since 1992)
  • Men’s Ministry leadership team
  • Quest Group Lead
  • On-going restorative discipling
  • Accountability/growth group
  • Mentoring
  • Prayer team lead

Bill Schreyer

Elder

Who is in your family? Shelley, my dear sweetheart, and I were married in 1976. Shelley is the Restoration Art...

Pastors and Directors

Matt Cassidy

Dr. Matt Cassidy

Position: Senior Pastor & Elder

Who is in your family?
Melinda and I have been married for 36 years. What a ride! We have 3 children:

  • Ryan works for Austin Fire Department. Station 26. He is married to Gayle Costas Cassidy.
  • Carey works for Tory Burch in New York City.
  • Amy works for The Disney Co. in Anaheim, CA

 

How long have you attended Grace?
We began attending Grace Covenant in 1988. Melinda and I loved being part of the Grace family as regular attenders. I was hired as an interim youth pastor in November 1989.

How long have you been an elder?
20 years

What is your educational background and current job?
I have a BBA from the University of Texas in Austin, Finance with minors in Real Estate & Math. I also hold a Masters of Divinity from the International School of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology.

What is your vision and passion for Grace Covenant Church?
My vision for Grace is for Her to become all that God created Her to become. I believe local churches are like people: designed uniquely for special good works in Christ, arranged before time. My vision is that Grace would continue to grow in courage in her obedience to the desires of the Father, by the power of the Spirit, for the exaltation of the Son.

My passion is to see peoples’ lives change by helping them understand the depths of Bible truth and applying those truths; relying on the Spirit.


What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church?
That Grace would introduce and guide each and every person we can touch to progressively experience the power, honor and freedom that comes with a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

What ministries are you currently involved with at Grace and in what ways are you discipling and/or mentoring other individuals or small groups?
I am, and have been, serving Grace as the Senior Pastor for 20 years. Previously, I served in Adult Ministries for 2 years, and in the Student Ministry for 9.5 years.

Dr. Matt Cassidy

Senior Pastor & Elder

Who is in your family? Melinda and I have been married for 36 years. What a ride! We have 3...

Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson

Position: Executive Pastor

Ray oversees the pastoral and support staff for the ministries of Grace. 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 has been at Grace since 1990 and on staff since 1995. He completed his undergraduate work in management at Georgia Tech, served for 17 years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, completed Biblical Studies through the International School of Theology and earned an 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.

Ray Anderson

Executive Pastor

Ray oversees the pastoral and support staff for the ministries of Grace. He aids the staff and Elders in the...

Jeremiah Ebeling

Jeremiah Ebeling

Position: Family Life Pastor

Jeremiah seeks to encourage all adults, from college students to parents, to walk with Jesus and minister to others as they become more like Christ in all of life. He is a 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 four children. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology.

Jeremiah Ebeling

Family Life Pastor

Jeremiah seeks to encourage all adults, from college students to parents, to walk with Jesus and minister to others as...

Melissa Eckel

Melissa Eckel

Position: Director of Women’s Ministry

Melissa loves helping women grow in their relationship with Jesus and in freedom to be who He made them to be. 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 they have four children. She is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Melissa Eckel

Director of Women’s Ministry

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

Robert Morris

Position: Men’s Ministry Pastor

Robert is passionate about seeing the men of Grace become like Christ in all of their lives. He grew up in Louisiana and obtained his bachelors 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 2012. He and his wife, Lauren, have two children.

Robert Morris

Men’s Ministry Pastor

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

Kris Linenberger

Kris Linenberger

Position: Connections Ministry Associate

Kris’ ministry is to create discipleship opportunities by helping others connect within the church body. 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 as a volunteer before joining the staff in 2017. Kris and Lisa have been married since 1997 and have two wonderful daughters. He is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Kris Linenberger

Connections Ministry Associate

Kris’ ministry is to create discipleship opportunities by helping others connect within the church body. He and his wife, Lisa,...

Robin Wieber

Robin Wieber

Position: Congregational Care Pastor

Robin’s ministry calling is to equip and facilitate care leaders to effectively minister to those in our church and community dealing with difficult challenges. He has been on staff since July 2000, formerly as Pastor of Worship Ministries. He has an undergraduate degree (Bible) from Inland Empire School of the Bible (presently Moody Northwest) and a BA (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 adult children.

Robin Wieber

Congregational Care Pastor

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

Kevin Maurice

Position: Youth Pastor

Kevin is responsible for Grace Youth—helping students grow in their faith in Jesus and their relationships with one another. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received his 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 at Grace since 2011 and he, his wife and their two girls love calling this church and Austin home. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Kevin Maurice

Youth Pastor

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

David Thompson

Position: Adult Discipleship Pastor

As the Adult Discipleship Pastor, David will oversee the teachers and leaders of the Communities and Courses offered at Grace Covenant Church. David has a heart for discipleship and equipping people for the work of the ministry. He desires to cultivate a ministry culture where people get connected, and disciples make disciples. He completed his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southern California Seminary. David and his wife, Jaclynn, have three young children.

David Thompson

Adult Discipleship Pastor

As the Adult Discipleship Pastor, David will oversee the teachers and leaders of the Communities and Courses offered at Grace...

Worship Ministry

Christi Blackley

Christi Blackley

Position: Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Christi Blackley

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

James Baugus

Position: Videographer

James Baugus

Videographer

Robbie Docherty

Position: Production Associate

Robbie Docherty

Production Associate

Adult Ministries

David Thompson

Position: Adult Discipleship Pastor

As the Adult Discipleship Pastor, David will oversee the teachers and leaders of the Communities and Courses offered at Grace Covenant Church. David has a heart for discipleship and equipping people for the work of the ministry. He desires to cultivate a ministry culture where people get connected, and disciples make disciples. He completed his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southern California Seminary. David and his wife, Jaclynn, have three young children.

David Thompson

Adult Discipleship Pastor
Jeremiah Ebeling

Jeremiah Ebeling

Position: Family Life Pastor

Jeremiah seeks to encourage all adults, from college students to parents, to walk with Jesus and minister to others as they become more like Christ in all of life. He is a 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 four children. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology.

Jeremiah Ebeling

Family Life Pastor
Kris Linenberger

Kris Linenberger

Position: Connections Ministry Associate

Kris’ ministry is to create discipleship opportunities by helping others connect within the church body. 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 as a volunteer before joining the staff in 2017. Kris and Lisa have been married since 1997 and have two wonderful daughters. He is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Kris Linenberger

Connections Ministry Associate
Melissa Eckel

Melissa Eckel

Position: Director of Women’s Ministry

Melissa loves helping women grow in their relationship with Jesus and in freedom to be who He made them to be. 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 they have four children. She is currently pursuing an MA in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Melissa Eckel

Director of Women’s Ministry
Paula Alvelo

Paula Alvelo

Position: Care Ministry Associate

Paula Alvelo

Care Ministry Associate

Robert Morris

Position: Men’s Ministry Pastor

Robert is passionate about seeing the men of Grace become like Christ in all of their lives. He grew up in Louisiana and obtained his bachelors 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 2012. He and his wife, Lauren, have two children.

Robert Morris

Men’s Ministry Pastor
Ruth Yates

Ruth Yates

Position: Administrative Assistant for Men at Grace, Women at Grace and Mobilization

Ruth Yates

Administrative Assistant for Men at Grace, Women at Grace and Mobilization
Robin Wieber

Robin Wieber

Position: Congregational Care Pastor

Robin’s ministry calling is to equip and facilitate care leaders to effectively minister to those in our church and community dealing with difficult challenges. He has been on staff since July 2000, formerly as Pastor of Worship Ministries. He has an undergraduate degree (Bible) from Inland Empire School of the Bible (presently Moody Northwest) and a BA (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 adult children.

Robin Wieber

Congregational Care Pastor
Savannah Crisp

Savannah Crisp

Position: GraceCares and Connections Ministry Administrative Assistant

Savannah Crisp

GraceCares and Connections Ministry Administrative Assistant
Veronica Crowley

Veronica Crowley

Position: Hospitality Coordinator

Veronica Crowley

Hospitality Coordinator

Grace Kids and Grace Youth

Donna Brady

Donna Brady

Position: Children's Volunteer Coordinator

Donna Brady

Children's Volunteer Coordinator
Kara Fredley

Kara Fredley

Position: Children's Resource Coordinator

Kara Fredley

Children's Resource Coordinator

Kevin Maurice

Position: Youth Pastor

Kevin is responsible for Grace Youth—helping students grow in their faith in Jesus and their relationships with one another. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received his 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 at Grace since 2011 and he, his wife and their two girls love calling this church and Austin home. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Kevin Maurice

Youth Pastor

Lauren Allen

Position: Early Childhood Director

Lauren Allen

Early Childhood Director
Sarah Rinn

Sarah Rinn

Position: Youth Associate

Sarah Rinn

Youth Associate

Tammy Davenport

Position: Grace Youth Administrative Assistant

Tammy Davenport

Grace Youth Administrative Assistant

Operations and Services

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Position: Facilities Coordinator & Print Production Specialist

Angela Johnson

Facilities Coordinator & Print Production Specialist
David Markley

David Markley

Position: Director of Operations

David Markley

Director of Operations
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Jamesetta Stewart

Position: Facilities

Jamesetta Stewart

Facilities
Jennifer Maham

Jennifer Maham

Position: Database Administrator

Jennifer Maham

Database Administrator
John Banks

John Banks

Position: Director of Facilities

John Banks

Director of Facilities
Lenny Fitzpatrick

Lenny Fitzpatrick

Position: Facilities

Lenny Fitzpatrick

Facilities
Lisa McGary

Lisa McGary

Position: Front Office Coordinator

Lisa McGary

Front Office Coordinator