Pastor of Modern Worship
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Joe Stobaugh is the Pastor of Modern Worship at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas. Joe has been a part of the Grace Avenue UMC team since October of 2012.
Rev. Stobaugh is thrilled to serve the dynamic community surrounding Grace Avenue as the Pastor of Modern Worship. In addition to preaching and teaching he leads a dynamic team of ministry servants and staff members. He also serves as a member of the Executive Team at Grace Avenue and leads the Grace Avenue Ukulele Choir: a group that has performed in such places as the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, to B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Prior to his appointment at Grace Avenue, Joe served in a variety of contexts across the great state of Texas, from rural/exurban settings to urban contexts.
Joe’s ministry related passions include the work of bridging the world and the church through ministries of liberation, reconciliation, peace and justice, exploring the less-well-known streams of Christian heritage that are now exploding in new ways in our time, as well as the development of congregational song and congregational participation in worship, multi-sensory worship, the intersection of culture and worship, and the use of new music and art forms for worship.
Joe is an in-demand clinician, teacher, speaker, musician, and preacher. 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, including preaching at the United Methodist Student Movement’s National Forum, an event whose previous preachers include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Joe’s sermon “Melody and Countermelody” was featured as a distinguished sermon on the One Campaign’s (founded by Bono of U2) website in 2007.
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.
Rev. Stobaugh is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served the conference in many ways: from worship design and leadership to committee work and serving as a member of the 2016 and 2019 Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences from the North Texas Annual Conference.
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).
A lover of coffee, creativity, cycling, travel, and Dallas Stars hockey, Joe loves more than anything else to spend time with his wife Sarah, their daughter Eleanor Grace, son Samuel, and their dog Buddy, a Labrador/Great Dane mix.