On June 15, 1980, Grace Christian Center had its first meeting in the cafeteria of Bellaire Elementary School. Since that humble cafeteria room gathering of 25 people, Grace has grown in so many ways. The vision from the onset was simple…to be a family church, a training center, and a church with a focus on world missions.
The numbers of members have changed. The facilities have changed. And even the approach, outreach and impact have changed. But one thing has never changed. People have always been and will always be the most important thing to Grace Christian Center. Seeing and helping people come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, helping people of all ages find their place in the local church, and touching and changing the lives of people worldwide through evangelism and discipleship is the passion that drives Grace.
At Grace we believe that the church should be family. No matter where you are from, what you are struggling with, or for how long you are here. You are welcome and accepted here. We love, grow, connect and serve together as family to ultimately become more like Jesus and the church that we were always meant to be. Grace is and will always be a place where everyone is family.
“To welcome all people, empowering them to have a passionate relationship with God; for the purpose of transforming their lives, their community, and their world.”
“Our pursuit is to develop people that can function spiritually on a practical level.”
OUR SENIOR PASTORS
MARK & TERESA PRICE
With over 25 years of full-time ministry experience, Mark Price has served congregations as Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, and Associate Pastor. Mark is a preacher’s kid. His parents were pastors for over 40 years, pioneering and pastoring established churches in Texas and Oklahoma.
Mark’s passion is to see men and women mature in their giftings and callings so they can reach their full potential and accomplish God’s unique destiny for their life.
Teresa was raised in a Christian home with 3 brothers. As a pastor’s wife, her gifts of hospitality, mercy, and organization have greatly increased the effectiveness of their ministry as a couple. Teresa’s passion is to see people whole and healthy, both spiritually and physically.
Mark and Teresa have been married for over two decades and have two young-adult children, Kortni and Tyler.
TERRY & JAN WHITLEY
Terry Whitley was born on July 1, 1948, and Jan was born on December 1, 1949. They were married on March 9, 1967, shortly after graduating from Belton High School. Terry joined the Bell County Sherriff’s office serving as the youngest Deputy Sherriff at that time. Terry and Jan loved life, they were as different as different could be yet they were a perfect match. Jan loved to sing and dance and Terry had two left feet and couldn’t carry a tune. Jan loved to shop and Terry loved to hunt. In spite of their many differences they produced two amazing children together; Laurie and Stephen who they loved with all their heart; Stephen with his dad’s sense of humor and Laurie is just as bold and beautiful as her mom. They were wonderful parents that had an enormous love and affection for their children.
Living a life to serve and protect, Terry felt the call of God on their lives, and moved the family to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he attended Rhema Bible School, graduating in 1979. After being called to Minnesota for a year, they returned to Central Texas and founded Grace Christian Center in Killeen. Starting with a handful of people meeting at Bellaire Elementary School, they grew to their present location at 1401 E. Elms Road in Killeen, where they served a congregation of 2,000 weekly attendees.
The Pastor’s vision was of a world outreach center. As pastors, they felt the need to help those around the world living in destitution and without the word of God. Their reach extended to areas that had never heard of God. It was their desire to bring the Word to all they could. They had a great love for children, seeing them as the future church.
Pastors Terry and Jan also had a great love for the church family. Their love for God was evident in how they lived their own lives. Always willing to serve others, they were humble in all they did. They were available to anyone who needed them at any time. They also loved each other and served as examples of what a Christian marriage is all about. They encouraged, supported, and respected each other above all others except for God. Their laughter and jokes are sorely missed. Although gone from the body, they are both present with the Lord and the vision of Grace Christian Center lives on.