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 of The Woodlands (Family and Children's Services) | Oak Ridge North, TX | Missy Herndon
Beginning in 1974 as a dream of Mr. George P. Mitchell, founder and original developer of The Woodlands, Interfaith of The Woodlands has become a thriving reality, assisting thousands of individuals and families each year.
From gasoline vouchers and prescription drug assistance to holiday gifts and clothing from the Hand MeUp Shop, Interfaith Family and Children’s Services offers strategic crisis assistance to increase clients’ self-sufficiency and dignity.For a complete list ofservices offered, please see the Interfaith website.
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
Oaklawn Presbyterian Churchin Houston’s historic second ward is the oldest PCA church in the city of Houston.The congregation and leadership has been a gospel presence for many years inan area that has seen much change.The mission ofOaklawn, which has bilingual services, is“to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, with all people, including ourselves.”Grace is excited to partner with Oaklawn Presbyterian Church in the equipping of leaders to carry on the ministry of the gospel.
Cornerstone Team Counseling | Elizabeth Milligan
Since 1999, Cornerstone Team Counseling 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 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 | Vacant
Texas A & M RUF Website
Grace Contact: Vacant
RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) seeks to create a fellowship of students where every person, regardless of background, personal history, or conviction, can examine the truth claims of Reformed Christianity in a non-threatening atmosphere. Our fellowship on campus is not limited to those who have a prior commitment to being Reformed, Presbyterian or even Christian.
Texas Christian University RUF | Fort Worth, TX | Ryan & Laura Anderson
TCU RUF Website
Grace 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 | Will & Mary Nettleton
Trinity RUF Website
Grace Contact: Laurel Stevens
Wil (short for ‘Wilson’) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi and attended the University ofMississippi, where he majored in English and was involved in RUF. After college he interned with RUFat the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he met and married Mary Jett, a student at UNC and an RUF intern at the College of William and Mary. From 2014 to 2017 the Nettletons lived in Jackson, Mississippi where Wil attended Reformed Theological Seminary. He graduated with an M.Div in May, 2017 and the couple was soon on their way to San Antonio where Wil now serves as the RUF Campus Minister at Trinity University. Aside from RUF, they love Netflix, playing with their dog Charlie, Ole Miss football, Carolina basketball, and grilling out with friends.
RUF at University of Texas San Antonio | San Antonio, TX | Curtis & Marian Castleberry
Trinity RUF Website
Grace Contact: James Whitla
Curtis Castleberry and his wife Marian met as co-workersat 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 Castleberrys have two young sons, Jeremiah and Levi.
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 Assistant Pastor of Community Formation at Oaklawn Presbyterian Church. In May 2017 Curtis accepted a call to serve as the new RUF Campus Minister at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Curtis began planting the new work of RUF at UTSA on June 1, 2017.
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.
Christ the King Summerville | Boston, MA | David & Kelly Richter
Once a center of vibrant Christianity, Boston is now a city with deep spiritual voids. Christ the King Somerville is a congregation of Christ the King Presbyterian Church (CTK), 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 Christ the King Somerville 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 RUFat 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 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.
MTW | 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 andTennessee and majored in political science and modern foreign languages at King College. Eowyn is the daughter of MTW missionaries who served in France. She came to faith at a young age and sensed a call to missions in her late teens. 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.
Over the past 20 years, Team Berlin has been involved in planting five churches and a campus of Martin Bucer Seminary. David serves as the international director for Europe, overseeing MTW’s vision, values, and personnel in Europe, having first joined MTW’s church-planting movement in eastern Berlin in2001. Eowyn assists David in his role and supports church-planting through evangelism, teaching, and outreach to refugees. The Stoddards have five children: Jesse, Liam, Alethea, Emma and Ethan.
MTW | Perth Team | Andy & Missy Shadburne
Natives of Kentucky, Andy and Missy met through their campus ministry at Murray State University. They married in2005and 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. In 2016 the Shadburnes arrived in Perth, Australia, joining the MTW Perth church planting team. The Perth team believes artists and musicians are culture-makers, and Andy and Missy are using 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. In March of 2017 Andy and Missy welcomed Scarlett Merita into the world.
MTW | Northern Mexico Team | Charles & Bonita Davidson
MTW Monterey Team Website
Grace Contact: Steve Dorsett
Charles Davidson, originally from Asheville, N.C. was motivated to consider world evangelism through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at Clemson University. Bonita, who grew up in LaGrange, Georgia, attended the dental school at the Medical College of Georgia (DMD, 1983). During this time, she was deeply influenced by the ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Ga, and felt the call to world missions.
The Davidsons met and married in Columbia, S.C. in 1984. Charles received his M.Div degree from Columbia International University in 1985 and was then ordained by Westminster Presbytery. In 1989 the Davidsons joined Mission to the World (MTW) with a call to the church-planting team in Lima, Peru. After 15 years in Lima, the Davidsons moved to El Paso, Texas, to join the MTW border ministry in education and mentoring. In 2012 they joined the Northern Mexico team to serve out of Monterrey, Mexico where Charles ministers with the Church Planting Center, training and mentoring men throughout the north of Mexico. The Davidsons have three grown daughters—Elise, Anna, and Ila.
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
Joe Congdon grew upin Houston, Texas and studied at Washington University inSt. 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 inTokyo 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 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. After two years of language study and work at a bilingual church in Tokyo, the family moved to Mie Prefecture in July 2017 where Joe is taking part in a two-year apprenticeship with Yokkaichi Christ Church. Joe and Felicity have three young children: Zoey, Jonah and Ramona.
MTW | Refugee Liasion | Kay & Heiko Burklin
Grace Contact: Vacant
As European refugee liaison for Mission to the World, Kay advocates for both refugees and refugee workers, and encourages the Church to respond to those in need. She lived and worked in a UNHCR camp (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in the Philippines after graduating from Wheaton College (IL). Interest in ethics and mercy ministry led her to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA), where she earned her masters of theological studies inethics and also met her husband, Heiko, a dual-citizen of Germany and America. They were in youth ministry for many years in central Florida before planting a youth church in the eastern section of Berlin, Germany from 1995-2006. She recently completed her doctorate of ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary (NY), researching the impact of religion on forced migration with women refugees in Greece. Kay has traveled close to sixty countries, taught English in Japan, worked for the Billy Graham Association in the Netherlands, assisted with disaster relief, led and participated in many short-term missions, and is a frequent speaker. As the former director of mercy for MTW, Kay's work brought her around the world to serve the voiceless, the hurting, and those in great distress. Whenever she can, Kay takes time to create, build community, and enjoy life. She is the proud mother of three sons and three daughters-in-law. As non-native-southerners, she and Heiko love living in the warmth of Greenville, SC. They attend Greenville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Kay's page at MTW.org