Michael Parise, Lead Pastor
Originally from Miami, Florida, I have been the lead pastor at Grace Community since 2008. I love Grace because it is a church for imperfect people, just like me. My passion as a local church pastor is to help lead imperfect people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus and to show and tell others of the same amazing grace God has freely shown me. I am a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School. My wife, GiGi, and I have two children, Caleb and Kara. Additionally, we have three grandchildren, Zachary, Allison, Wyatt, and their dog CoCo.
I spent much of my younger years looking for love in all the wrong places. When I was 24, I was introduced to the overwhelming, unconditional, everlasting love of Jesus. Because of Jesus, I now know what true love really feels like. My life’s purpose is to know the love of Jesus and to make His love known to others.
My life verse is Galatians 2:20. It reads, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
I enjoy cycling, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. My favorite bands are “King and Country,” “Need to Breathe,” and most anything jazz. I love the San Antonio Spurs, (Go Spurs Go!), Dallas Cowboys, (don’t judge!), and the Miami Dolphins, (please pray!).
Justin Horsley, Student Pastor
I was raised in Buna, Texas and graduated from Buna High School in 2003. After entering college to further my education, I discovered a passion for helping people, so I decided to work in Law Enforcement. I have followed many different roads to discover the calling for what God has for my life. I've worked with inner-city Houston children, taught and coached Upwards sports, coached troubled kids, and more. I would not be where I am today had it not been for the guidance and grace of God. I'm married to my beautiful bride, Meagan. In August of 2016 our lives were blessed with twins, Dallas and Brynna.
When I was 8 years old I switched my life over to God during a revival at our church. I remember what the preacher said that night, "Where will you be when God comes? Are you going to come with all the believers, or will you be left behind?" The next day at church I spoke with my pastor and told him that I didn’t want to be left behind, and I wanted to take the steps to become a Christian.
What I love about Grace Community is all the unique personalities represented inside the church. Within my role as youth pastor, I enjoy watching students not only switch their lives for Jesus, but also mature into adults who follow Jesus as they enter the world.
My life verse is Philippians 4:13. It states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I enjoy hunting, fishing, sports, and being with my family. I'm a die-hard Dallas Cowboys and Houston Astros fan. I like a variety of music genres.
Morgan Bailey, Administrative Assistant
I grew up in Orange, Texas with my mom and little sister. After my parent’s divorce I started looking for acceptance from everyone around me. One day my best friend invited me to youth group at church, and it was there I exchanged my life for Christ’s life. I came to realize that Christ already accepts and loves me just as I am.
My favorite part about Grace Community is the friendships I have made through my community group. Pastor Mike and my community group have shown up for my family time and time again. The community Grace has given me is priceless.
My life verse is Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Other than the Bible, my favorite book is “Kisses from Katie,” by Katie Davis. It’s the only book I’ve ever read twice! My favorite musician is Phil Wickham. When I'm not working, I enjoy gardening, working with exchange students, and being a momma. I met my husband, Zach, at East Texas Baptist Encampment. We have two children, Jaxon and Maverick.