Pastors & Staff

Jess & Jackie Cole

Senior Pastor & Worship Leader

 Jess Cole has been a pastor for over 34 years. He was Senior Pastor of Padre Island Baptist Church for 16 years (1985-2001). He then started Christ Community Church in Corpus Christi, 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. He received his BA in Bible Studies from Howard Payne University, and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jess is married to Jackie Cole, who is a chiropractor and owns Cole Chiropractic Clinic in Flour Bluff. Jackie also leads the worship team at Grace. They have a son, Seth, who goes to Flour Bluff 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

Associate Pastor

Brandon Cunningham is the Associate Pastor and focuses on teaching bible study and supporting the growth and outreach of the church. Brandon is married to Renee’ and they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. They are a blended family. Brandon is the only member of the family that did not attend and graduate from Flour Bluff. They also share two beautiful miniature schnauzers named Reagan and Tator.  
Brandon was born in Paris Texas and moved to Corpus Christi in 1994 to finish his degree at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Renee oversees the 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 two triathlons. 

Tommy Christie


Tommy Christie joined the pastoral team in November 2020, He was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Flour Bluff in 2003. Tommy married Allie Christie in 2008 after graduating from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. They then moved to New Orleans where Tommy earned his M.Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Allie her BSN from L.S.U. They then moved to California where Tommy served at churches in San Diego and the California Bay Area. During this time the family grew with Tucker (2014) Coral (2016) and Gwen (2019). After a 12 year exodus they are incredibly excited to be back home! Tommy's focus will be reaching and discipling young families. In his free time, Tommy loves staying active, surfing, and has vowed to find the best bbq in South Texas.

Tori Sherman

Youth Pastor

Tori Sherman joined the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church in June 2017. She is married to Jonathon Sherman, and they have two dogs, Muffy and Sophie. Tori 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. In August 2020, Tori graduated from Logsdon Seminary with a Master of Divinity.
Tori is a gifted leader and has a heart for youth. 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 Gonzales

Children's Director

Ruth serves the children’s ministry 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 ministry almost 20 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.