Elders

  • Richard & donna Brown

    Lead pastor & Elder

    Pastor Rich and Donna have served as lead pastors of GPC since 2012.  Pastor Rich grew up in Queens, NY and Donna in Pennsylvania.  Both retired from the US Air Force, they love each other deeply, their family and they love the people of Grace Point Church. 

  • terry & Robbye Benningfield

    ELDER

    Terry and Robbye have been married 37 years.  They have 4 kids and 8 grandkids.  They have been at GPC since 2002 and love serving in a church that has so much diversity and many young people.  They both work at a charter school and love Abilene!!  

STAFF

  • Rich bROWN

    Lead pastor

    The most important things to know about me are that God, family, and spiritual family are my priorities. I accepted Christ at the age of 14 and was called into ministry in 1992 while still on active duty in the USAF. I have an amazing wife whom I love deeply named Donna and together we have two children. I spent 23 years in the USAF and have served on staff at various churches since 1992. I was the Executive Pastor here at GPC from 2002-2011. My philosophy by which I live is: The Servant of All. “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35


  • John miller

    Associate pastor & lifegroups

    Born and raised in Watonga, OK, Pastor John accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at the age of 17. He answered the call to preach and was licensed a minister in 2001 just before joining the Marines, and ordained in 2008.  He and his wife Suzette moved to Abilene in 2012 and have 7 children.  John graduated with a Bachelors in Business Management from American Intercontinental University and is finishing a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.  He was installed as Associate Pastor of Grace Point Church on January 15th, 2017. John loves all things sports. 

  • lELAND PAYNE

    worship arts director

    Leland was Pennsylvania born and Texas raised in a Christian homeschooled family of eleven. After graduating high school, he attended a two year bible school in San Antonio earning his ministers license from Charis Bible College. Leland started directing worship at GPC in July of 2017 and has continued to serve as a staff member and tech support. As a songwriter he worships with his voice and his instruments and has been in music ministry since 2011. He met his wife Janie Payne when they were 10 years old and got married in 2015. They enjoy playing piano and video games together.


  • Donna Brown

    Gracekids director

    Donna was born and raised in Pennsylvania, served in the USAF for 20 years, and is the wife of Pastor Rich.  It's no surprise to see that her priorities are the same as his: God, family and spiritual family.  They have been married for over 30 years and love each other deeply.  She accepted Christ at the age of 7 in Children's Ministry and understands the impact that training up our children has on their lives.  The mission of Grace Kids is to train up the next generation to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  This is accomplished by helping kids have fun learning more about God and who they are in Christ using The Gospel Project curriculum.  Her daily scripture is Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."

  • manny De los santos

    Youth Director

    Manny was raised in Abilene, Texas with short stints in Big Spring and San Antonio. After graduating from Abilene High he immediately left to serve as a US Marine, where he met his wife Becki. After 12 years being deployed all over the world, he and Becki, along with their 3 children, moved back to Abilene in 2014 and found GPC. Being a counselor at Every Nation Youth Camp, let Manny know he was supposed to serve with the Youth. Arise Youth is poised to make huge moves to further the Kingdom of God. Manny is a graduate of TSTC (Digital Art), and a current student at McMurry (Bachelor of Fine Arts).  Manny also serves on the GPC worship team. 

  • SUZETTE MILLER

    Administrator & Lifegroups

    Suzette was born and raised in New York. She always knew she wanted to travel the world proclaiming Jesus. Suzette believes her time as an Air Force member traveling to various countries fulfilled some of that calling. Suzette and John are proud parents of four sons and three daughters. They are excited to see the perfect plan of God as they steward the children entrusted to them by God. They know these children will be world changers for the Kingdom of God.


  • Alan & Lindsey Motes

    Every Nation Campus director

    Alan (born in Abilene, raised in Arlington) and Lindsey (born and raised in Colorado) got married in 2008 and launched the campus ministry in Abilene in 2010.  Both with Masters in Christian Ministry from ACU, they have led in children's and youth ministry. Passionate about reaching the next generation, they love to see college students changed by the love of God and truth of the Gospel.  They have 3 kids who keep them active  and full of joy.  In their free time they root for the Broncos, Rangers, Rockies and Mavericks.  

  • christian & Brittney martinez

    Every nation campus missionaries - ACU

    Christian grew up in Abilene and Brittney in small town East Texas, but they met their first semester of college at ACU. Christian earned a degree in Worship Ministry while Brittney's degree is in International Studies. They’ve been doing campus ministry full time since 2014 and got married in December 2017. In their free time, they enjoy waking up early to drink coffee together, pampering their elderly cat, and spending time in Colorado - or just traveling in general!  

  • laura jane hood

    every nation campus missionary - HSU

    LJ was born and raised in Tennessee. She made her way to Abilene to earn her bachelors degree at Abilene Christian University. While she was on campus she got connected to Grace Point and the ENC chapter, and felt the call to full time ministry. After graduating from ACU in 2014, LJ became a Campus Missionary for ENC at Hardin Simmons University.  She finished her master’s degree in 2016 from HSU in family ministry. LJ loves Abilene, the college students, and her Grace Point family. In her spare time she likes to hike and weight lift, hangout with her dog Gunnie, and take naps! 

  • Britton Trotter

    EVERY NATION CAMPUS MIssionary - ACU

    Graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2015 with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, Britton Trotter serves as one of the Campus Ministers for GPC. From Fort Worth, Britton loves Europe and loves to go on short term missions there. He also believes that the future lies on the college campus, and in a world full of young people searching for the “ultimate truth”, the greatest truth they can know is the loving sacrifice Jesus made two thousand years ago.

  • WILL GALLOWAY

    Every Nation Campus Missionary - McM

    Will was raised in San Antonio, Texas. In 2016, God radically transformed his life through Every Nation Ministries at the University of North Texas. Through active involvement in this ministry, he felt the call to serve God as a missionary. He and His wife, Ayssa are excited to be a part of Grace Point Church and to serve McMurry’s campus. Will is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Ayssa is a gradate of Tarleton State University. 

Leadership team

  • rebecca browne

    Gracekids assistant director

    Rebecca has been a GraceKids leader since 2013. As a daughter of a pastor and an elementary school teacher, it was a natural fit for Rebecca to be involved in children's ministry. Rebecca has been married to her husband, Dave, since 2011 and they welcomed their son, Jonas, in September 2013. She loves that Jonas and the children of Grace Point get to experience life in a diverse community of disciples that is such a beautiful image of the Kingdom of God. 


  • christye golden

    big hope coordinator