Executive Minister of Worship & Arts
972.335.2882, ext. 602
Joe Stobaugh, the Executive Minister of Worship and Arts at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, has served God and the church through this role since October 2012. Rev. Stobaugh’s primary work is to facilitate the creation of the six weekend worship events at the church and to lead the amazing team of musicians, artists and worship leaders at Grace Avenue. He also serves as a member of the Executive Team and occasionally as one of the preachers on the preaching team at Grace Avenue. In addition to this work Joe also conducts the Foundation Choir, the Grace Avenue Ukulele Choir and plays in the Threshold Band.
Prior to his appointment at Grace Avenue, Joe served in a variety of contexts in Texas, from rural/exurban settings to urban contexts. Rev. Stobaugh is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and is currently serving on the North Texas Annual Conference’s General and Jurisdictional Delegation
Joe holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas (where he studied music education and saxophone) and a Master of Sacred Music degree (Magna cum Laude) from the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (with a concentration in choral conducting).
In July of 2015 Joe completed his term as the youngest elected National President of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts: an organization that serves musicians and worship artists across the United States.
Joe, in addition to being an in-demand musician, is also an in-demand clinician and speaker in the areas of worship, creativity and sacred music. He has spoken at numerous national conventions and has served as a worship designer, song enlivener, conductor, preacher, worship leader and consultant in many contexts.
Joe’s ministry related passions include the development of congregational song and congregational participation in worship, multi-sensory worship, social justice and peace ministries, bridging the world and the church, the intersection of culture and worship and the use of new music and art forms for worship.
He currently has two albums and a variety of singles available from CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and similar digital retailers: 2013’s Pilgrimage; 2015’s Music for Winter and he plays bass in the band Renewed Worship, whose EP can be found through the aforementioned digital retailers.
Rev. Stobaugh is a member of Choristers Guild, The Fellowship, The Hymns Society in The United States and Canada and the American Society of Composers and Performers.
A lover of coffee, creativity and Dallas Stars hockey, Joe loves more than anything else to spend time with his wife Sarah, their daughter Eleanor Grace, and son Samuel.