Who We Are

Who We Are

Pastoral Staff



Lead  Pastor

Justin Jackson began serving as the lead pastor of Grace Church of Ovilla in October of 2015. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) also from SBTS. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Justin and his wife Rachel were married in October of 2010. Shortly after marrying, they were commissioned as missionaries to east Asia where they spent two years planting churches and discipling church leaders. After that, Justin served as a Pastoral Resident at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, OK. Justin and Rachel are proud parents of three children, Timothy, Abigail, and Titus. Justin’s goal is to be used by God to help prepare the Bride of Christ to meet her Bridegroom. In his spare time, he likes to run, hike, bike, and read both classical and historical literature.

Discipleship  Pastor

Brandon Keel began serving as the Discipleship Pastor of Grace Church of Ovilla in February of 2018. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from the Auburn University and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Brandon and his wife Caitlin were married in August of 2012. Prior to joining Grace, Brandon served as the Pastor of Horseshoe Bend Baptist Church in Dadeville, AL, and as the Minister of Discipleship and Students at Sixth Street Baptist Church in Alexander City, AL. Brandon and Caitlin have three children: Judah, Amos, and Nora. Brandon’s goal is to bring glory to God by equipping His people to become mature and multiplying disciples. 

Church Staff


Alice Selman


Amy Miner

Biblical Counseling Director

Syl Orrell

Grace Kids Director

Heaven Child

Student Ministry Director

Ethan Maners

Website Coordinator

Iris Howard


Adam Brown

Justin Jackson

Steve Johnston

Brandon Keel

Barry Maners

Kyle Orrell

Larry Smith

Rodney Symes

Mike Talley


Chris Baker

John Banks

Phil Diener

Richie Harp

Jerry McClung

Steve Miner

David Selman

Servant Team Leaders (STLs)

Below is a list of ministries at Grace Church and Servant Team Leaders (STLs) of those ministries. If you would like information about any of the ministries listed, please click on the name of the STL for that ministry and send them an email.


First Connections

Barry and Dana Maners

Freedom Counseling

Kyle and Syl Orrell


Life Groups

Brandon Keel

Local Outreach and Evangelism

Mike Talley

Men of Grace

Dale Vaughan

Missions Committee

Mike Talley

Technical Services

Richie Harp

Young Adults

Brec Evans-Orrell

Women of Grace

Crystal Symes