Billy Echols-Richter - Pastor
billy@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 512

Billy was appointed as the first pastor of Grace Avenue UMC in April 1999. He served as the Pastor as the congregation grew from 15 members to over 1500 members.

Billy became a candidate for ordained ministry straight out of high school in 1977.  He attended Southwestern University for his undergraduate degree and Perkins School of Theology for a Master of Divinity degree.  His first assignments were First UMC in Temple, Texas and Trinity UMC in Arlington, Texas. He served as Associate Pastor at Kingwood UMC and at St. Andrew UMC in Plano, Texas and as the SFA Wesley Foundation Director. He has been an active Annual Conference Committee member since 2008, serving on numerous different committees. read more »

Laura Echols-Richter - Executive Minister
laura@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 506

Laura has been with Grace Avenue UMC, serving as the Program Minister, since its start in 1999. She was licensed as a local pastor while serving as the Program Minister at Grace Avenue.

She has served as a full-time lay professional at:
  •  Christ UMC, Plano TX   1985-1987 - Youth Minister
  •  Klein UMC, Klein  TX  1987-1989 - Youth Minister
  •  FUMC, Bremen GA  1989-1990 - Youth Minister
  •  St. Andrew UMC, Plano 1990-1999 - Adult & Family Ministries
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Joe Stobaugh – Executive Minister of Worship & Arts
joe@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 509

Joe came to Grace Avenue in October of 2012.  His primary job is to facilitate the creation of the weekend worship events.  This is an exceptionally important role as we look to add to the number of services with the new building.  These services will range in style from from ‘traditional’, to Taizé, to ‘contemporary’ and ‘emergent.’ Joe also serves as one of the preachers on the preaching team at Grace Avenue.

Prior to coming to Grace Avenue, Joe served in a variety of churches in Texas, from rural/exurban settings to urban contexts. Joe is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. read more »

Marcus Womack – Minister of Outreach
marcus@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882

Marcus came to Grace Avenue in January of 2013.  He is the Minister of Outreach, and part of the preaching team at Grace Avenue through the Threshold service.  He attended graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 where he earned a degree in Consulting and Change Management.  He also attended seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.

While attending Vanderbilt, Marcus served with the youth ministry at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville.  He has also worked in Dallas with Connect to the Kingdom, helping youth serve with people in South Dallas and Oak Cliff, read more »

Laurie Hanson Roberts - Music Minister
lhr@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 510

Laurie joined Grace Avenue UMC as the Music Minister in 1999.   She oversees all aspects of the music ministry at Grace Avenue. 

She leads worship with the Grace Avenue Band, directs the Adult Choir, designs media slides for worship, directs Heart and Soul School of Creative Arts, and teaches voice lessons.  She leads a team from Grace Avenue at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure/3-day, and sits on the Board of Directors of The God’s Child Project in Guatemala, Central
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Bill Roberts - Associate Music Minister
billroberts@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 511

Bill has been associated with Grace Avenue UMC since its inception in 1999, when his wife Laurie became the church's first music minister. He joined the staff of Grace Avenue in 2004 as Associate Music Minister after serving churches in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston areas in both music ministry and youth ministry. Bill began his career in music ministry at age 16 when he was appointed choir director of Milby Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, where his father served as pastor.

With majors in music and psychology, Bill holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and University of North Texas, including Masters of Music from SMU and Masters of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology. read more »

Kim Eiffert - Director of Communications
kime@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext.516

Kim came to Grace Avenue in 2011 with over 14 years experience in marketing, advertising, communications and graphic design.  Having worked in such varied industries as fast food, travel and tourism and landscaping equipment she is thrilled to be at Grace Avenue where she can use her skills to serve a greater purpose.  Kim graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Advertising and later earned a degree in Design Communications.

As the Director of Commnications at Grace Avenue, Kim’s responsibilities are pretty much whatever lands on her desk. read more »

Kristen Lane - Children's Minister
klane@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 508

Kristen has worked full time in church ministry since 1995 and been involved in church work since 1992. As Children's Minister, she is involved with children from birth through 5th grade. She organizes and oversees all activities involving the children.

She has worked in ministry at Trinity UMC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Putnam City UMC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, St. Paul’s UMC in El Paso, Texas and New World UMC in Arlington, Texas.

Her passion is children!  read more »

Karen Lubbe - Rainbow Corner Director
karen@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 513

Karen has been Director of Rainbow Corner Preschool since 2011. She taught Pre-K at Rainbow Corner for 4 years before serving in her current role.

She has a Bachelor of Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she also specialized in Early Childhood. She taught 3rd - 6th grade in Richardson ISD, Richardson, Texas, for 10 years and then went on to serve as Science Specialist for the district for over 2 years.
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Christopher Vaughan - Youth Minister
christopher@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 514

Christopher Vaughan is the youth minister at Grace Avenue. He is currently a student at Perkins School of Theology getting a Masters of Divinity. He grew up in Houston, Texas and attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana where he received his Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies.

Christopher has a passion for teaching youth the foundational skills that will help them be Christians for a lifetime. read more »

Bill D. Ball, Jr. - Adult Minister
billball@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 114

Bill is currently attending Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He has served in a number of church staff positions at United Methodist Churches in Shreveport, Austin, Plano, and Allen where his responsibilities included youth ministries, missions, and communications. He has an M.A. in Clinical & Counseling Psychology from SMU. He led a preschool curriculum research project for over a decade. He has worked in public schools providing psychological services for children and youth and in private and non-profit settings that served adults. He has participated in a wide range of missions experiences Including trips to Mexico, Czech Republic, and Russia.

Bill is passionate about creating opportunities for adults read more »

Joyce Cravens - Senior Adult Minister
joyce@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 108

Joyce graduated form the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, in 1994. She received her Masters of Divinity at SMU in 1998. She worked for Caterpillar from 1966 to 1993 at Darr Equipment in Irving as well as in Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Longview and Tyler. God called her to ordained ministry in February, 1991, at Camp Bridgeport in Kiker Hall in the Fireplace Room. Ten years later in 2001, she was ordained an Elder in the North Texas Conference.

She retired as of 2011 but God was not retiring her. She now works at Grace Avenue UMC as the Senior Adult Minister. read more »

Mary Martin - Missions Minister
mary@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 503

Mary comes to Grace Avenue in June 2014 as the Missions Minister. Before that Mary served First UMC Allen, Poetry UMC and Princeton UMC. During this time, she received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology.

Mary comes from Carrollton, Illinois; she graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She has two daughters, Elizabeth who attends Texas A & M University and Rebecca who is a Sophomore in High School.

At Grace Avenue UMC, we believe life is a long-term mission and every day is a short-term trip opportunity. Mary is someone who’s passion is to share the love of Christ with people we see every day- whether you’re in Frisco, Texas or half-way around the world.

Alan McMillin - Director of Operations
alan@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 520

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Amanda Moulton - Financial Controller
amanda@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882 ext 505

Amanda came to Grace Avenue UMC with 8 years experience in accounting and finance. Her primary experience was in real estate investment accounting where she assisted with fund financial overview and reporting.  Amanda received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Her current job responsibility is handling all financial matters for the church. This includes contributions, accounts payable, payroll, recordkeeping, and financial reporting. 
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Bethany Guinn - Administrative Assistant
bethany@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882

Bethany moved to Frisco from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated in 2005 from Auburn University. Before moving to Frisco, she was the operations manager for Voigt-Abernathy Sales Corporation, an industrial pump company.

It is her smile that greets you when you enter the church office. She is an administrative assistant and her job responsibilities include: printing bulletins, inserts, sending out newsletters, attendance and other various office duties..
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Meghan Randall - Guest Relations
meghan@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 502

Meghan has been with Grace Avenue UMC since 2007. Prior to joining the Grace Avenue team, she worked for the Ciry of Frisco in the Planning Department.

Her job rresponsibilities include welcoming visitors and new members to Grace Avenue and helping them learn more about our church family.

Her passion in the church is sharing the love of our church family with others.
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Laura Simmons - Office Assistant
lauras@graceavenue.org
972.335.2882, ext. 504

Laura moved to Frisco from Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1999. She came from the nonprofit sector where she worked with both agency funding and volunteer management. Laura joined the Grace Avenue team in 2004. She has enjoyed her nonprofit and church work because of the wonderful people, and working together for a greater cause.

Her current responsibilities include the weekly proofing and printing of worship bulletins, Sunday School rosters and attendance, ordering all office supplies and a variety of projects that cross her desk!
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