Grace Community is a church plant from Christ Point Church. Christ Point’s leadership for some time was looking at establishing a new work in Flour Bluff. Jess Cole, who was senior pastor there, felt God’s call to step down and lead this new church in the Flour Bluff area. Grace Community began meeting in the Flour Bluff Conference Center on January 9, 2011. We met there for 9 months and then moved in a rental space by Gulf Marine in October 2011. In March of 2013, we purchased property at 1514 Flour Bluff Dr. and moved on October 6, 2013. There was a small church building and house on the property and we met in those buildings while our new Worship Center was being built. We celebrated the grand opening in October 2014.
Jess Cole has pastored for more than 32 years. He was Senior Pastor of Padre Island Baptist Church for more than 16 years (1985-2001). He then started Christ Community Church in Corpus Christi, TX, which became Christ Point Church, and was Senior Pastor there for 9 years. When Christ Point Church decided to plant Grace Community, Jess left there and became it’s pastor in January 2011.
Jess was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Calallen High School in 1976. He received his BA in Bible Studies from Howard Payne University, after which he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree there in 1984.
Jess is married to Jackie Cole, who is a chiropractor and owns Cole Chiropractic Clinic. Jackie also leads the worship team. They have a son, Seth, who is 13 years old and in 8th grade at Flour Bluff Jr. High School. Jess loves to play golf, The Dallas Cowboys and spending time with his family. (Not necessarily in that order, only sometimes.)
Brandon Cunningham is the Associate Pastor and focuses on teaching bible study and supporting the growth and outreach of the church to reach Flour Bluff. Brandon is married to Renee’ and they have 5 children together; Nick, Jacob, Avery, Matthew and Maddy and 3 grandchildren. They are a blended family. They also share two beautiful miniature schnauzers named Reagan and Tator. Brandon and Renee’ have lived in Flour Bluff for over 10 years. Renee’ and 4 of their sons graduated from Flour Bluff schools and their family is committed to the community in many ways.
Brandon was born in Paris Texas and moved to Corpus Christi twenty five years ago to finish his degree at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. After graduation he worked in finance with Merrill Lynch and government contracting with the Department of Homeland Security. He has led men’s ministry started an inner city campus of Bay Area Fellowship in the West side of Corpus Christi where he oversaw hundreds of volunteers and members. He is currently bivocational and is the Director of Development for QSROnline a local software company. Renee’ serves along side him in many capacities at the church including overseeing the volunteers, assisting with Children’s ministry and Greeting ministry.
Brandon has a passion for bible study and raising leaders to reach the lost. This passion is being used to transform our church into one that reaches different ages, incomes and cultures. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, travel, and reading. He also enjoys running and has completed many races and even a triathlon in 2016.
Tori Wilson joined the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church in June 2017. She was born in Fort Worth Texas, but spent most of her youth in Corpus Christi Texas. In May of 2017 she graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Tori is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at South Texas School of Christian Studies.
Tori is a gifted leader and has a heart for youth. She is looking forward to developing the youth program at the church. In her spare time she loves to go to the beach, travel, and spend time outdoors. She also enjoys music and spending time with friends and family.
Ruth serves the children’s church at Grace Community Church. She is married to Roy Gonzales and has four children, all of whom are young adults. They have an amazing daughter-in-law with their first grandson. They love being grandma and grandpa.
Ruth and Roy have lived in Corpus Christi their entire lives. Ruth started volunteering in children’s church almost 17 years ago. God blessed her with the heart for serving the young. In helping them learn about our amazing Jesus, she continues to learn as well. Serving the children brings her great joy and she loves them deeply.