Leadership

Pastors and Directors

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...

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

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

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

Pastor of Men’s Ministry

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

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

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...

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...

Brad McNair

Children’s Pastor

Brad leads Grace Kids and ministers to families with children in grade 5 and younger. He and his wife, Kate,...

Jonathan Britnell

Director of Worship & Production

Jonathan loves to combine creative and technical elements to produce services that honor and glorify God. He provides leadership and...

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. 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 and are now empty nesters.

Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson

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.

Jeremiah Ebeling

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 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.

Melissa Eckel

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 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.

Rober Morris

Robert Morris

Pastor of Men’s Ministry

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.

Kris Linenberger

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, 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.

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 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.

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. 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.

Brad McNair

Brad McNair

Children’s Pastor

Brad leads Grace Kids and ministers to families with children in grade 5 and younger. He and his wife, Kate, have one son. 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, enjoys reading and anything sports-related. He is currently working on a doctorate of ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jonathan Britnell

Jonathan Britnell

Director of Worship & Production

Jonathan loves to combine creative and technical elements to produce services that honor and glorify God. He provides leadership and direction to everything that happens in the Worship Center from media to worship to production. Jonathan was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He graduated with a degree in digital media from the University of West Florida in 2005 and married his best friend, Jessica, that same year. Jonathan and Jessica moved to Austin and began attending Grace in 2009. He joined the Grace staff soon after that. They have two daughters, Laina and Lois.

 

Worship Ministry

Christi Blackley

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Jonathan Britnell

Director of Worship & Production

Dr. Matt Cassidy

Senior Pastor & Elder

Christi Blackley

Christi Blackley

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Jonathan Britnell

Jonathan Britnell

Director of Worship & Production

Jonathan loves to combine creative and technical elements to produce services that honor and glorify God. He provides leadership and direction to everything that happens in the Worship Center from media to worship to production. Jonathan was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. He graduated with a degree in digital media from the University of West Florida in 2005 and married his best friend, Jessica, that same year. Jonathan and Jessica moved to Austin and began attending Grace in 2009. He joined the Grace staff soon after that. They have two daughters, Laina and Lois.

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. 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 and are now empty nesters.

 

Adult Ministries

Jacquie Parish

Adult Discipleship Administrative Assistant

Jeremiah Ebeling

Family Life Pastor

Kris Linenberger

Connections Ministry Associate

Melissa Eckel

Director of Women’s Ministry

Paula Alvelo

Care Ministry Associate

Robert Morris

Pastor of Men’s Ministry

Ruth Yates

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

Robin Wieber

Pastor of Congregational Care

Savannah Crisp

GraceCares Ministry Administrative Assistant

Tami Payne

Connections Ministry Administrative Assistant

Veronica Crowley

Hospitality Coordinator

Jacquie Parish

Jacquie Parish

Adult Discipleship Administrative Assistant

Jeremiah Ebeling

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 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.

Kris Linenberger

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, 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.

Melissa Eckel

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 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.

Paula Alvelo

Paula Alvelo

Care Ministry Associate

Rober Morris

Robert Morris

Pastor of Men’s Ministry

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.

Ruth Yates

Ruth Yates

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

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 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.

Savannah Crisp

Savannah Crisp

GraceCares Ministry Administrative Assistant

Tami Payne

Tami Payne

Connections Ministry Administrative Assistant

Veronica Crowley

Veronica Crowley

Hospitality Coordinator

 

Grace Kids and Grace Youth

Brad McNair

Children’s Pastor

Cassie Legaspi

Early Childhood Director

Cole Ellerbrock

Middle School Youth Associate

Donna Brady

Children's Volunteer Coordinator

Kara Fredley

Children's Resource Coordinator

Kevin Maurice

Youth Pastor

Meg Southward

Elementary Director

Missy Phillips

Grace Kids Administrative Assistant

Ray Anderson

Executive Pastor

Sarah Rinn

Youth Associate

Tammy Davenport

Grace Youth Administrative Assistant

Brad McNair

Brad McNair

Children’s Pastor

Brad leads Grace Kids and ministers to families with children in grade 5 and younger. He and his wife, Kate, have one son. 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, enjoys reading and anything sports-related. He is currently working on a doctorate of ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Cassie Legaspi

Cassie Legaspi

Early Childhood Director

Cole Ellerbrock

Cole Ellerbrock

Middle School Youth Associate

Donna Brady

Donna Brady

Children's Volunteer Coordinator

Kara Fredley

Kara Fredley

Children's Resource Coordinator

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. 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.

Meg Southward

Meg Southward

Elementary Director

Missy Phillips

Missy Phillips

Grace Kids Administrative Assistant

Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson

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.

Sarah Rinn

Sarah Rinn

Youth Associate

Tammy Davenport

Tammy Davenport

Grace Youth Administrative Assistant

 

Operations and Services

Angela Johnson

Facilities Coordinator & Print Production Specialist

Chase Parrish

Facilities

Christian Young

Director of IT Systems

David Markley

Director of Operations

Heather Werle

Director of Communications

Jamesetta Stewart

Facilities

Jennifer Maham

Database Administrator

John Banks

Director of Facilities

Joy Rener

Director of Information Services

Lenny Fitzpatrick

Facilities

Lisa McGary

Receptionist and Administrative Services Assistant

Liz Banda

Director of Human Resources

Melissa Butcher

Graphic Designer

Ray Anderson

Executive Pastor

Richard Acord

Facilities

Russell Norman

Digital Media Specialist

Stephanie Fulton

Director of Retention

Veronda Turner

Facilities

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Facilities Coordinator & Print Production Specialist

Chase Parrish

Facilities

Christian Young

Director of IT Systems

David Markley

David Markley

Director of Operations

Heather Werle

Heather Werle

Director of Communications

JamesettaS

Jamesetta Stewart

Facilities

Jennifer Maham

Jennifer Maham

Database Administrator

John Banks

John Banks

Director of Facilities

Joy Rener

Joy Rener

Director of Information Services

Lenny Fitzpatrick

Lenny Fitzpatrick

Facilities

Lisa McGary

Lisa McGary

Receptionist and Administrative Services Assistant

Liz Banda

Liz Banda

Director of Human Resources

Melissa Butcher

Melissa Butcher

Graphic Designer

Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson

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.

Richard Acord

Richard Acord

Facilities

Russell Norman

Russell Norman

Digital Media Specialist

Stephanie Fulton

Stephanie Fulton

Director of Retention

Veronda Turner

Facilities

 

Elders

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...

Mark McClain

Elder

Mark has attended Grace since 1995 and has served as an elder for over 10 years. He received a BA...

Matt Pennies

Elder

Matt has attended Grace since 2008 and is serving his second year as an elder. He graduated in 1999 from...

Bill Schreyer

Elder

Bill has attended Grace for about 40 years and has served as an elder approximately almost 20. He graduated from...

Dan Walters

Elder

Dan began attending Grace in 2008 and has served for almost a decade. He graduated from Texas A&M University with...

Gerald Youngblood

Elder

Gerald has attended Grace since 1989 and has been an elder for almost a decade. He graduated from Mississippi State...

Jorge Abrego

Elder

Jorge began serving as an elder in 2019. He and his wife, Pat, have been married for over three decades....

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. 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 and are now empty nesters.

Mark McClain

Elder

Mark has attended Grace since 1995 and has served as an elder for over 10 years. He received a BA in Economics from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) and an MBA from UCLA. For much of his career, 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 decades. Their three children are all married, and they are blessed with four grandchildren.

Matt Pennies

Matt Pennies

Elder

Matt has attended Grace since 2008 and is serving his second year as an elder. 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 almost two decades and have three daughters and one son.

Bill Schreyer

Bill Schreyer

Elder

Bill has attended Grace for about 40 years and has served as an elder approximately almost 20. 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.

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

Elder

Dan began attending Grace in 2008 and has served for almost a decade. 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 Saudi Arabia where his children were born and grew up. Dan and Lynda dated in high school and have been married over four decades. They have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.

Gerald Youngblood

Gerald Youngblood

Elder

Gerald has attended Grace since 1989 and has been an elder for almost a decade. 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.

Jorge Abrego

Jorge Abrego

Elder

Jorge began serving as an elder in 2019. 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.