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.


Adam Brown

Justin Jackson

Steve Johnston

Brandon Keel

Barry Maners

Kyle Orrell

Larry Smith

Rodney Symes

Mike Talley


Chris Baker

John Banks

Phil Diener

Jerry McClung

Steve Miner

Ministry Leaders

Below is a list of all ministry leaders at Grace Church. If you would like information about any of the ministries listed, please click on the leader’s name to send them an email.



Alice Selman

Audio and Visual

Brec Evans-Orrell


Amy Miner

Children’s Discipleship

Rachel Jackson


Barry Maners

Counseling and Freedom in Christ

Kyle and Syl Orrell

Discipleship Ministries

Brandon Keel

Guest Services

Dana Maners

Local Outreach

Sandra Smith

Men’s Discipleship

Kyle Orrell

Missions Team

Mike Talley

Student Discipleship

Ethan Maners


Daniel Domain


Wendy Vaughan


Iris Howard

Women’s Discipleship

Crystal Symes

Young-Adult Discipleship

Brec Evans-Orrell