Grace Community Church

Campus & Teaching Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Chris Lagerlof

Senior Associate

Grace Community Church is an exciting and vibrant place to do ministry with a dynamic staff, visionary Lead Pastor, and vast resources. The Campus Pastor will help leverage this for impact as they help lead their central campus in Old Jacksonville.

The future is bright for Grace Community Church as they continue to grow and reach the community around them for Jesus. The days ahead will indeed be filled with excitement, growth, and incredible ministry. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong communicator with organizational leadership skills who wants to help lead a great church into its preferred future.

About This Organization

Grace Community Church was born out of the desire of a few families to learn and passionately apply the Bible to everyday life. A staircase in the home of Bill and Rickey Fisher served as pews for children on Sunday mornings in 1964, the year the Evangelical Methodist Church of Tyler (now Grace Community) was formed.

As time passed, Grace moved from home to the YMCA and eventually to what is now our Old Jacksonville Campus.

In 1973, the church began a Christian school that was dedicated to expanding the kingdom of God through educating and equipping children. One year later, the Evangelical Methodist Church officially changed its name to Grace Community of Tyler. By 1984, the large Auditorium on Old Jacksonville Road was completed.

In 2001, Grace pursued a multi-site model that led to a campus meeting at Grace Community High School on University Blvd.

In 2004, there was a realization that numerous people who lived north of I-20 were attending our Old Jacksonville campus. Since eleven small groups met north of I-20, we began to have discussions, and those groups formed the nucleus of what has now become our Lindale campus. They met in the E.J. Moss auditorium for quite some time before moving into the current funeral home. We began construction in the spring of 2008 on a new campus for Lindale.

Seeing a growing need for a Gospel-centered, Spanish-speaking church, Grace began preparing in 2013 to launch a 4th campus. In January of 2015, Grace Community launched Grace Español.”

Position Description

The position of Campus Pastor exists to develop people to Be Disciples who Make Disciples for the glory of God. The OJ (Old Jacksonville) Campus Pastor will do this by serving as one of the lead shepherds and communicators for the Old Jacksonville Campus. The Campus Pastor will oversee all of the OJ staff, programs, and ministries. This is a new and unique role in that this person will share some preaching responsibilities with the Sr. Pastor. The ultimate objective is to equip the body to be and make disciples for the glory of God.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Pastoral Duties: Preach, Teach, shepherd, marriage counseling, wise counsel, care, discipleship, and sound stewardship of the church’s resources, always seeking to do more with less without compromising excellence or impact.
  • Strategic Development of OJ Campus. Work with Sr. Pastor, Worship Pastor, and Campus Development Coordinator to move OJ forward with its unique kingdom concept while aligning with GCC’s mission and DNA.
  • Assist the ministry leaders in identifying and recruiting missional leaders for various ministries, including Guest Services, Groups @ Grace leaders, and College and Young Adult leaders. Grace Kids, Student Ministries, Men’s, Women’s, etc. Coach leaders as needed.
  • Maintain a welcoming environment and culture at the OJ campus and help develop the discipleship pathway, getting people plugged in and moving through the pathway.
  • Partner with XP of Ministries on development plans for all GCC staff and other global activities, including Team Week.
  • Partner with the Sr. Pastor and the Preaching Team to develop the preaching calendar and the weekly sermons aligned with the calendar and led by the Spirit.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • Proven success in leading people and ministry teams
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and people skills
  • Develop and equip a staff team to help execute the vision and equip the body to do ministry work on the Old Jacksonville Campus.
  • A strong teacher who loves to communicate God’s Word in a relevant and practical way.
  • Experience in multi-site ministry would be a plus!
  • Foster and model a passion for discipleship and shepherd our body to be on a mission where they live, learn, work, and play.

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