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.
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, 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 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, Family Life Pastor
Jeremiah desires to help all adults, from college students to parents, walk with Jesus and remain committed to Truth.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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. Kris and Lisa have been married since 1997 and have two wonderful daughters.
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. 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, 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 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.