Staff & Ministry Leaders
We hope to train up as many of our members as possible to be servant leaders in their own areas of influence. While we do believe in official leadership — we also believe that every follower of Christ is called to use their gifts and resources in ways that show God’s love and justice to the world.
Dave has been married to Autumn for 26 years. He hopes you get a chance to meet her and see how her eyes sparkle. In addition to managing the busy McMurry household, Autumn has worked primarily as an educator in public, private, and home settings. They delight in their new grandchild and are very proud of their three adult children and son-in-law. The family has been involved extensively in community theater, sports, music, and education throughout Bell County. They helped found Providence Preparatory School in 2010, and have both served on various community boards. Dave and Autumn enjoy hiking, cooking, and reading to each other.
Dave and Autumn have a history of coaching and assessing young leaders together. They are Bell County natives who did youth ministry in Temple and College Station. They have received leadership training with Act 29, Young Life, Navigators, and Son Life Ministries. They have also received extensive temperament training with the Style of Influence, DISC, and Enneagram systems.
Dave earned a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2002. He made a lot of Presbyterian friends in St. Louis, and then returned to Temple Bible Church as Children & Family Pastor from 2002-2006. Temple Bible Church commissioned Dave and other leaders to found Grace Bible Church in 2006.
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Chris began leading worship in his high school youth group at Hill Country Bible Church. While in college, he continued to lead worship as a youth intern at Temple Bible Church, and enjoyed writing and performing original music as a part of Central Texas rock band, Three Nails Short.
Chris graduated in 2005 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in Computer Graphics and double minors in Art and Music. While working as the Web Services Manager at UMHB, he was convinced by Dave to help start Grace Bible Church. After serving part time for several years, Chris was hired in 2011 as our full time Assistant Pastor of Worship and Communication.
In between his other duties, Chris continues to write music. He has written some of our favorite worship songs, and is excited to continue to write music with and for the local church. Dave and Chris love to study and pray over upcoming sermon passages, and enjoy working together to combine truth and beauty as we walk through the Gospel each week as a church.
Chris married his childhood sweetheart, Brooke, in 2005. They have four young children: Eli, Clara, Rose, and Henry.
While attending Biola University, he played bass with the band For All Seasons, ministering to youth groups, churches, Christian camps and universities. In 2010 he graduated with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Biblical Studies. He also coached club swim, water polo and high school swimming in Los Angeles for seven years.
He is joining our staff after serving as a Captain in the Army. He has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Joey married his beautiful wife Kathryn in 2013. Kathryn taught middle school choir in Killeen ISD for four years and now teaches piano and voice lessons from home. They have one young daughter and are expecting their second child in early 2017.
Lyndon. B. Johnson School of Public Affairs to pursue a career in diplomacy. She has studied and worked in Jordan. As a student there, she worked with an NGO providing informal education to refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war. Rubi co-led her college Christian ministry and several bible studies wherever God has placed her. She and her husband, Christian, moved to Texas (the best country in the world!) last summer and they have enjoyed exploring the great Texas outdoors with their beagle "Tank."
Cathy grew up in the great Northwest of Idaho fame (not Ohio, not Iowa), and met her husband-to-be, Oscar, in Germany while she was serving with Cadence International as a summer intern. She earned a Master of Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary back in the 20th century when Oscar was attending the seminary for his ThM. Graduating together is a highlight of their married life!
Cathy enjoys God’s beautiful creation and one of her delights is watching fireflies dancing at dusk with her husband. She also loves hanging out with her fun, adult children and snuggling with her cat!