Grace Missions is called to impact our world with the love of God shown in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and through the gifts God has graciously given us. Learn how GPC is sharing God’s love—in The Woodlands and the surrounding communities, across the nation and around the world.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
RUF | UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON | BROOKS & MEREDITH HARWOOD
Brooks was born in Texas (woo!) and grew up in Nashville, TN. During his first year at the University of Tennessee he met his one-day-wife Meredith. Brooks came to college as a new Christian seeking answers and Meredith came to college looking for a good community. They found both in RUF. After they graduated, they got married and moved to Nashville, TN for Brooks to work as an intern with RUF at Vanderbilt University. After three years they moved to St. Louis, MO for Brooks to get a pastoral degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and for Meredith to style hair. After four years they moved to begin work with RUF at the University of Houston. In November 2018 they had their first baby girl, Sophie (who is the cutest creature on earth). Meredith loves cupcakes, currently binge-watches One Tree Hill, is an avid reader, knows more about football than her husband, and has an artsy flair when it comes to design. Brooks loves Harry Potter and dorky books, currently binge watches Friday Night Lights with Meredith, wants to be a super hero, can be found either in a gym or in a coffee shop, and would befriend a brick wall if he could.
YOUNG LIFE | SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY | PAIGE SHAVER
Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Paige Shaver is the area director for South Montgomery County which includes the adolescents in and around Grace Presbyterian Church.
REDEEMED MINISTRIES | THE WOODLANDS, TX | DENNIS & BOBBIE MARK
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 SERVICES | THE WOODLANDS, 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 Me Up Shop, Interfaith Family Services offers strategic crisis assistance to increase clients’ self-sufficiency and dignity. For a complete list of services offered, please see the Interfaith website.
PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE CENTER NORTH | OAK RIDGE NORTH, TX | Terri Wooldridge
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 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 and families such as fun and safe before-school care, a mentoring program for teens and a homeless shelter for moms with children under 17 years old.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMEN’S CENTER | CONROE, TX | SIOMARA CORTEZ
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.
CORNERSTONE OF HOUSTON TEAM COUNSELING | THE WOODLANDS, TX | 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.
RUF | 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.
RUF | TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY | COLLEGE STATION, TX |
RUF | TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY | FORT WORTH, TX | BRADFORD GREEN
Bradford Green is the campus minister at TCU. Originally from Murfreeboro, TN, he graduated from Lipscomb University in 2008 and moved to the mountains of East Tennessee. After two years working at a PCA church there -- and living in a cabin up a hollow behind Dollywood theme park -- Bradford enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and received his M.Div and call to RUF in the spring of 2013. He enjoys reading, Tennessee football, smoking meats, and fussing with his beard. Cristina is a native of Houston, TX and graduated from TCU -- where she was active in RUF -- in 2008 and from RTS Charlotte in 2013 (ThM). She's also a Master Gardener, and less formally a master at baking chocolate chip cookies and finding good food in Fort Worth. The Greens met working at Young Life's Wilderness Ranch in Colorado and were married in 2011. From '13-'19 they planted a new RUF work at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Bradford and Cristina have three kids: Weldon (b. 2013), Rosie (b. 2016), and Wilkes (b. 2019).
RUF | UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS | AUSTIN, TX |
RUF | TRINITY UNIVERSITY | SAN ANTONIO, TX
RUF | UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO | SAN ANTONIO, TX | LEE & SARAH WRIGHT0
Lee & Sarah are Texans having grown up in Granbury and Amarillo, respectively. They love college students, in part, because their lives were greatly impacted by college ministry. Lee was called to ministry while finishing his studies at Samford University, and Sarah came to Christ through RUF at TCU and served as an intern at Washington and Lee University after college. The Wrights both earned a Master of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Counseling degrees at Covenant Theological Seminary in 2012. After six years of ministry at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, they are excited to be back in Texas. They are thrilled to work with students at UTSA and love having their family and home involved in the day-to-day ministry life. The Wrights have three kids ages 8, 6 and 4. They love spending time outdoors, traveling, and reading good books together.
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.
MTW | UKRAINE | DOUG & MASHA SHEPHERD
Doug and Masha are helping the Ukrainian Presbyterian denomination plant new churches in the western region beginning with Lviv, the cultural and intellectual center of western Ukraine. Doug is the team leader for this new work which began in 2007.
Doug’s journey in missions started at Texas Tech University where his summer missions experiences resulted in a short-term commitment to Ukraine with MTW after his graduation in 1994. Over the following years he was involved in starting a university ministry similar to RUF in the Ukrainian Presbyterian Church.
Masha’s life began behind the iron curtain in Ukraine. When the curtain fell, it allowed new interactions with a variety of worldviews. In her early twenties, Masha came to Christ through the university ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ukraine.
Doug and Masha married in 2000. Doug received his M.Div. and Masha her M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis before moving to Pasadena, where Doug finished a Th.M. at Fuller School of World Mission.
RUF INTERNATIONAL | TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY | TITUS & CRYSTAL BAGBY
Titus is a Texas native, born and raised in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Crystal, met in College Station while attending Texas A&M University. They both graduated from Texas A&M in 2010, and have been married since July 2011. They recently had their first child. Both Titus and Crystal have had the experience of living as international students overseas in China for a couple of years. Titus graduated from Seminary in Dallas, having received his Masters of Divinity Degree (started at Redeemer Seminary and finished at RTS Dallas).
RUF INTERNATIONAL | UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS | TERRY & MARY ROSE DYKSTRA
MTW | BERLIN, GERMANY | 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. 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. They joined MTW's church-planting movement in eastern Berlin in 2001. David now serves as the International Director for Europe, overseeing MTW’s vision, values, and personnel in Europe. 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 | MONTERREY, MEXICO | CHARLES & BONITA DAVIDSON
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.
MTW | TOKYO, JAPAN | 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.
Krystal is from the small town of Magnolia, Texas. She went to Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. More importantly, it was here that her passion for the nations was sparked. She became involved in international ministry, and it was then that she realized that there are people groups on the other side of the world who have never heard the gospel and never would unless people intervened. After teaching in America for a year, she realized God was calling her to instead go overseas long term. She now a part of the organization Pioneers, which does church planting among unreached people groups. She is preparing to join a team in Eastern Europe to work with a Muslim people group.