Grace Missions is called to impact our world with the love of God in the Gospel and through the gifts God has graciously given us.
God has made us who we are and that is how we begin to reach others. We, therefore, begin by giving and serving local area needs, expanding to national and international missions.
Grace's Mission Partners
Rice University RUF| Houston, TX | Juan Carlos & Samara Martínez
Juan Carlos likes to say he is Mexican by birth and blood, American by citizenship, and a Texan by the grace of God. He moved to Houston in 1996 to attend Rice University, where he attained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. After working in the semiconductor industry for nine years, he sensed a call to ministry and attended Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. There he attained a Master of Divinity in 2012 and then accepted a call as an assistant pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston. In early 2015 he became the RUF campus minister at Rice University. Juan Carlos is married to his high school sweetheart, Samara. Juan Carlos and Samara are blessed to have three children: Santiago Daniel, Karenina Valeska and Juan Andrés.
University of Houston | Houston, TX | Blake & Ryan Arnoult
RUF at the University of Houston exists to build a community on the Houston campus that reaches students of divergent beliefs and doubts with the message of the gospel and equip students to love and serve Jesus and his church. Blake Arnoult is the RUF Campus Minister at UH. A native of Houston, Blake graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, where he met his future wife Ryan. He later returned to the University of Texas a second time to learn Arabic and earn a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. He has since received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Blake is now back in his hometown with his wife Ryan and their three children: Jacks, Paden and Mazie.
Redeemed Ministries | The Woodlands, TX | Dennis & Bobbie Mark
Redeemed Ministries Website
Grace Contact: Jenny Crittell
Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Redeemed Ministries was founded in 2005 by Dennis and Bobbie Mark to bring Christ’s loving redemption and liberation to victims of human trafficking trapped in the commercial sex industry in the Greater Houston Area. Strategies include educating people about the existence of modern day slavery, identifying victims, building relationships with legislators, law enforcement and service providers and identifying resources, all to restore honor and self-worth to those who’ve been enslaved.
Interfaith Community Clinic of The Woodlands | Oak Ridge North, TX | Dr. Ann Snyder
Since 1996, the Interfaith Community Clinic has been meeting the medical needs of the uninsured population. Staffed by both licensed professionals and lay people volunteering their time, the clinic provides over 50 hours of medical services and 10 hours of dental services each week. The clinic’s mission is “to improve the well being of our community by providing assistance in healthcare services that would not otherwise be accessible.”
Pregnancy Assistance Center North | Oak Ridge North, TX | Karen Gould
Pregnancy Assistance Center North is a 501(c)3 pregnancy resource center that educates and empowers regarding pregnancy and sexual health issues. In a mission field characterized by confusion and pressure to end unexpected pregnancies, PACN acts as arms extended from local churches, to exemplify God’s love and the miracle of new life to women, men and families through physical, emotional and spiritual support.
Tamina Community Center | Conroe, TX | Shirley Grimes
Tamina Community Center Website
Grace Contact: Laurel Stevens
Tamina Community Center is one of Grace’s oldest mission partners and a community focal point, bringing people of Tamina together in positive ways so they can become a force for change in their community. Tamina Community Center, founded and directed by long-time resident Shirley Grimes, provides critical resources to children such as fun and safe after-school and summer care, community outreach programs to families and the elderly, and counseling services, needs assessments and assistance to strengthen family life.
Montgomery County Women’s Center | Conroe, TX | Denise Apostolo
The mission of Montgomery County Women's Center is to end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Montgomery and surrounding counties through assistance, advocacy, empowerment and education. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, shelter for women and children, individual and group counseling, advocacy and accompaniment, legal services, and transitional supportive housing. All services are free of charge.
King's Cross | Cypress, TX | Dennis & Jane Hermerding
In Cypress, Texas, a thirty minute drive from The Woodlands, Dennis and Jane Hermerding are gathering a group of believers together to plant a church. King’s Cross began meeting in April 2014, and longs to be a community of grace motivated to love and serve by the ongoing reality of gospel surprise and astonishment. With a deep passion for sharing Jesus’ story with others and seeing the transformative power of the gospel, Dennis Hermerding has been ministering to students and young adults for over 25 years. Dennis has served with RUF at the University of Arizona and at suburban churches throughout the country. Most recently he served as the Associate Pastor at Spring Cypress Presbyterian Church. Dennis is a graduate of University of Memphis, holds and MA in Faith and Culture from Trinity International University, and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dennis and his wife Jane have been married for 26 years and have three children, Olivia, Jeshua and Lydiamay. Jane, a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition Science, enjoys teaching and sharing the beauty of the gospel with other women.
Oaklawn PCS | Houston, TX | Curtis Castleberry
Curtis Castleberry serves as Director of Community Formation at Oaklawn Presbyterian Church, located in the historic second ward of Houston. Curtis and his wife Marian met as co-workers at a deli while Curtis pursued a bachelor’s degree in Theological and Biblical Studies. Even as they began dating they knew that together theirs would be a life of service to God in the ministry. The year 2014 found Curtis working alongside Manny Alaniz at the Westover Hills site of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. The following year, Curtis graduated from Redeemer Seminary in Austin, and moved to El Paso, Texas to complete a year of apprenticeship with Hispanic Leadership Initiative (HLI). In 2016 Curtis and Marian moved to Houston where Curtis took on the role of Director of Community Formation at Oaklawn, joining Pastor Tim Stiemann to help lead a community who is “Christ centered, heart focused, and city sent.” The Castleberrys have two young sons, Jeremiah and Levi.
Cornerstone Recovery | Elizabeth Milligan
Cornerstone Recovery Website
Grace Contact: Mechele Tison
Since 1999, Cornerstone Recovery has provided hope and guidance to teens and families in the early stages of recovery from addiction and other self-destructive behaviors. The Outreach and Adventure Learning program addresses recovery in the mind, body and spirit, through weekly 12-step meetings, parent meetings, and weekend functions, in addition to adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and river rafting. Cornerstone Recovery currently serves approximately 300 teens and parents/guardians each year.
City Church | Houston, Tx | Leo Schuster
City Church exists to renew Houston by bringing the beauty of Christ into broken places and making the Christian message accessible and comprehensible to the diverse community around them. Leo Schuster, Lead Pastor of City Church, has been an ordained minister for twenty-two years. Leo started and led college ministries with RUF at Southern Methodist University and also at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas where he served as assistant pastor. In the late ‘90s, Leo planted Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, and served as senior pastor there for fourteen years. From 2010 to 2014 the Schusters lived in New York City, where Leo served as the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s East Side Congregation, where he was mentored by Tim Keller. Leo and his wife Ellen have been married for 27 years and have three grown daughters: Anna, Margaret, and Mary Caroline.
Baylor University | Waco, TX | Way & Amy Rutherford
Moving from Louisville, Kentucky to Waco, Texas, Way and Amy Rutherford are excited to continue reaching students for Christ through Reformed University Fellowship. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Way graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2000. After working with senior high students for seven years and graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Way and his wife Amy moved to Kentucky to begin RUF at the University of Louisville. In 2014 they moved to Waco to become the RUF campus minister at Baylor. Way and Amy are proud parents of two boys and a girl: Miles, Davis and Lucy.
Texas A&M University | College Station, TX | Ben & Beth Hailey
Texas A & M RUF Website
Grace Contact: Mark Hill
Natives of Mississippi, Ben and Beth Hailey have deep roots in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). Beth’s parents were part of the first RUF at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a college student, Ben came to know Christ through the ministry of RUF at Delta State in Mississippi, where he also met Beth. With such beginnings, their love for the ministry of RUF has continued to grow during their involvement with A&M RUF. Ben received a Master of Divinity in 2004 from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Before moving to College Station in 2008 to work as A&M RUF Campus Minister, Ben served in the same role at Hinds Community College near Jackson, MS. Ben and Beth have two elementary school-aged children, Hannah and Nathan.
Texas Christian University RUF | Fort Worth, TX | Ryan & Laura Anderson
TCU RUF Website
race Contact: Steve Dorsett
Ryan and his wife Laura moved to Fort Worth in 2011 to work with RUF at Texas Christian University (TCU). Ryan, a native of Franklin, Tennessee, attended the University of Tennessee before meeting Laura, a Davidson College graduate, while they were students at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan and Laura now have lots of pink in their house, thanks to their three daughters--twins Audrey and Evangeline, and the newest, Iris. The Andersons enjoy good food, exercising, and hanging out with college students.
University of Texas RUF | Austin, TX | John & Chrissy Trapp
UT RUF Website
Grace Contact: Wendy Dempsey
John Trapp grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama and attended Vanderbuilt University. After graduating in 2007, John married Chrissy, his college sweetheart, an Austin native, who had also worked as an RUF intern at NC State. John and Chrissy moved to Houston, Texas where John served as youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church for six years, before moving to Austin to work minister to students through RUF. The Trapps have three young children: Owen, Lucy and Georgia.
Trinity University | San Antonio, TX | Michael & Rachel Novak
In the university environment of question-asking and life-changing decision making, Michael and Rachel Novak count it a privilege to serve with RUF at Trinity University. While a student at the University of Tennessee, Michael saw God work in a powerful way in his life through RUF. Michael married Rachel, a Covenant College graduate and the two of them moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary. After Michael received his Master of Divinity, the RUF minister position at Trinity became available, and in 2010 Michael and Rachel moved to San Antonio to begin their time with RUF. Michael and Rachel have three young children: Caleb, Abigail, and Katherine.
New City Presbyterian Church Plant | Detroit, MI | Falon & Nathan Moretto
The vision of New City Presbyterian Church is to establish ten congregations throughout the Metro Detroit area by 2030. Grace has partnered with Ryan and Megan McVicar as they planted New City in the Royal Oak area of Detroit, and now it is our privilege to partner with Nathan Moretto as he and his wife Falon plant the third New City Church in the Detroit area. Nathan and Falon, after growing up relatively unchurched, came to know Christ at a small liberal arts school in southern Indiana. After several years in college ministry with Campus Outreach in Memphis, Tennessee, Nathan obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Nathan and Falon have a daughter named Evalena.
The Somerville Project | Boston, MA | David & Kelly Richter
Once a center of vibrant Christianity, Boston is now a city with deep spiritual voids. The Somerville Project is a church plant of Christ the King Presbyterian Church, a multi-congregational church in Boston, MA. In 2012 David and Kelly Richter were called by CTK to plant a new gospel-centered church in Somerville, located in the heart of Metro-Boston. The foundation of The Somerville Project is the strong belief that the gospel of God’s amazing grace changes everything--ourselves, our families, our communities, our cultures, our cities and our world. David and Kelly met in Nashville, Tennessee while Kelly was working for a local troubled girls’ home and David was serving as an intern with RUF at Vanderbilt. Since their marriage in 2002, the Richters have done short term mission work in Edinburgh, attended Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, and worked at L’Abri Fellowship and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minnesota. The Richters have two young children, Sam and Luci.
Covenant Theological Seminary | St. Louis, MO | Francis Schaeffer Institute Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Founded in 1956, the Francis Schaeffer Institute (FSI) seeks to address issues of faith and contemporary culture through honest dialogue and appreciation of the visual arts, music and literature. Named after Francis A. Schaeffer — pastor, author, theologian, philosopher and founder of the original L'Abri community in Switzerland — FSI engages believers and unbelievers, sharing the hope and beauty of Christ and the Gospel.
RUF International | Texas A&M University | Jason & Sarah Pickard
A&M RUF International Website
Grace Contact: Mark Hill
Texas A&M alumnus Jason Pickard and his wife Sarah are joyfully serving at a global crossroad. As campus minister to international students at A&M, Jason connects with students from around the world who are studying at A&M. The Pickards open their home weekly for fellowship and teaching with international students, walking alongside them as they ask the question, “Who is Jesus?” Jason earned a Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. In 2012 he and Sarah moved to College Station to work with Reformed University Fellowship International (RUF-I). Jason and Sarah have two young children--Natalie, John Robert and Annabelle.
RUF International | University of Texas | Bojan & Julia Dragicevic
UT RUF International Website
Grace Contact: Jenny Crittell
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bojan knows well the needs and struggles of international students. Since 2012 Bojan has been campus minister for international students at UT with RUF-International. Bojan and his wife Julia seek to show Christian hospitality to international students, explore the gospel with them, and equip them to be faithful ambassadors for the kingdom in their native countries. Bojan and Julia met in 2009 while attending Westminster (now Redeemer) Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. They have been married since 2010 and have two children: Leo and Lucy. The Dragicevics attend All Saints Presbyterian Church in Austin.
Mission to The World | Berlin Team | David & Eowyn Stoddard
David and Eowyn knew as teenagers that they wanted to serve Christ in missions. David, one of five children of a PCA church planter, grew up in Louisiana and Tennessee and majored in political science and modern foreign languages at King College. Eowyn is the daughter of MTW missionaries who served in France. While majoring in German at Wellesley College, she spent two years in Germany. David and Eowyn met as students at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. David and Eowyn have been part of Mission to the World’s (MTW) Team Berlin since 2000. Their focus is on beginning a church planting movement aimed at reaching and discipling Berliners. David is also involved in training future national church leaders through the Martin Bucer Seminary, as well as overseeing MTW’s church planting works in Germany and England. Eowyn mentors and disciples women, is part of Member Care for MTW and gets involved in the local church plants as much as possible. The Stoddards have five children: Jesse, Liam, Alethea, Emma and Ethan.
Mission to The World | Perth Team | Andy & Missy Shadburne
Both natives of Kentucky, Andy and Missy met through their campus ministry at Murray State University. They married in 2005 and moved to St. Louis to work with The Chapel, a music and arts venue operated by Memorial Presbyterian Church. While in St. Louis, Andy used his gifts as a musician to support Memorial’s outreach to the creative classes, while Missy was salt and light in public middle schools. Andy and Missy felt God’s call to Australia while working with Youth With A Mission in Brisbane, Australia. The MTW Perth church planting team believes artists and musicians are culture-makers, and Andy and Missy are excited to use their own experiences in these areas to support the team by building relationships with artists, street people and many others through music and mercy ministry. July of 2016 saw the Shadburnes on the ground in Perth at last, and awaiting the arrival of their first child.
Mission to the World | Northern Mexico Team | Charles & Bonita Davidson
MTW Monterey Team Website
Grace Contact: John Zeigler
In their fifteen years with Mission to the World (MTW) in Lima, Peru, Charles and Bonita Davidson developed a deep love and appreciation for Latin culture and Hispanic people. After working on a team in Peru and helping to start two new churches, the Lord led them to serve him in Mexico. In June 2012 Charles received a call to join the MTW Northern Mexico team where he now serves as an instructor in the Church Planting Center, coaching and mentoring church planters in cities throughout Northern Mexico. Both Charles and Bonita grew up in Christian homes and came to trust Christ in college--Charles at Clemson University and Bonita at the University of Georgia. After working as a horticulturist, Charles attended Columbia International University in South Carolina, later meeting Bonita in Columbia. Bonita received her DMD degree in 1983 from the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Dentistry, and in 1984 the couple was married. Charles and Bonita have three grown daughters who live in the United States.
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary| Beirut, Lebanon
For fifty years the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) has equipped leaders and church planters throughout the Arab world. ABTS is strategically located in Lebanon, the only country in all the Arab world where believers from other religious backgrounds may legally enroll to pursue Christian theological education. With a recently redesigned curriculum, ABTS emphasizes personal formation and growth alongside theological training. Elie Haddad, president of ABTS since 2008, speaks highly of ABTS students, knowing that they are willing to sacrifice much for their training and even more for their faith: “They are not looking for an easy way out.” Dr. Haddad writes, “Our ultimate vision is to see God glorified, people reconciled, and communities restored through the Church in the Arab world.”
MTW | Tokyo Church Planting Team | Joe and Felicity Congdon
Toyosu, Tokyo is one of five major islands in the Tokyo Waterfront area. In a city with one church for every 18,000 people, Toyosu has never had a church of any kind. It is to this area that God has called Joe and Felicity Congdon to join the Tokyo church planting team. Joe Congdon grew up in Houston, Texas and studied at Washington University in St. Louis. It was there while studying Japanese language and culture that God gave Joe a heart for the world. Felicity’s love for unreached peoples began as she spent time with international students while studying at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. Both Joe and Felicity ministered with Campus Crusade for Christ—Joe in Tokyo and Felicity in Macedonia—and when they met in 2008 they quickly connected through a shared desire to bring the gospel to unreached peoples. They were married in October that same year and worked with Campus Crusade for Christ, while planning and praying for direction about moving overseas. In May 2014 Joe completed his Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and was ordained at Grace Presbyterian Church in December. Joe and Felicity have three young children: Zoey, Jonah and Ramona. In early 2015 the family moved to Tokyo where they have been diligently studying Japanese, and pursuing relationships with their neighbors. After worshiping and working with a bilingual church, they will be transitioning to begin an internship at an all-Japanese church.