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meet our church staff

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michael cooper, jr

Lead pastor

Michael was captured by Jesus at the age of 17 and was called to the ministry at 18. He and his wife Kailie are the proud parents of two little girls, Sophia Grace and Lydia Joy. Kailie is active in the nursery, toddler classes, and the Ladies of Grace ministry. She has a passion for reaching women and children with the gospel. 

Pastor Michael has earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a M.A. in Theological Studies from Criswell College with additional academic work at Southern Seminary. He is finishing up a Ph.D in Preaching/Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, focusing on the 17th-century English Baptist preacher Benjamin Keach. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at Criswell College. He is the author of various academic and popular level articles. He is passionate about text-driven preaching, severe storm-spotting, drumming, and the Dallas Cowboys. He has been serving as the pastor of GCC since 2013.
 

Pick up Pastor Michael's book Cruciform Identity: Union with Christ and Christian Formation. 

Chris butts

Pastor of students and families

Chris Butts serves as our Pastor of Students and Families, overseeing our ENGAGE ministry. Chris was saved at 22 years old and was called to youth ministry in the spring of 2015. Since then, he has served as youth director at various churches and is now blessed to serve at Grace Community Church. He is a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He works as a guitar instructor offering music lessons locally. Chris and his wife Brandi are the proud parents of three children: Keagyn, Koben and Kinlyn. Brandi is an integral part of the youth ministry and is often doing what is unseen to make everything work. Chris and Brandi both have a desire to reach young people for the advancement of the Gospel.

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brooke kennon

interim director of the center kids ministry

Brooke is currently serving as our interim Kids Ministry director. Her, her husband Sonny, and their children have attended GCC since 2021. She is passionate for children's discipleship. She is pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Biblical Counseling at Liberty University. 

Cindy owens

director of ministries

As our native Californian, Cindy serves as our director of ministries. Cindy helps oversee the various ministries at Grace. She also supports the pastoral staff by providing wisdom and leadership. Her desire is to see the people of GCC grow in their relationship with Jesus. 

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kevin & pam wilkerson

directors of music ministry

Kevin and Pam serve as the music directors at GCC. They are passionate about God glorifying worship through music. Kevin also teaches our Older Adult Sunday School. After many years Kevin retired from the Plano Fire Department. In his spare time he serves as a board member for Texas Farm Bureau. Pam is a homeschool mom who enjoys playing the piano. They operate a cow-calf operation and a hay baling business in Van Zandt county. 

deacons

Matt Crye (Chairman)
Greg Wright
Wally Pfoh
Bill Traylor
Larry Higginbotham
Jeff Helm
Chad Wood

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