We have a great staff here at Grace Fellowship Church!
Robert & Debora Burkett
I am a life long resident of Flint, born and raised on the same land given to me by my father. It was here, in Flint, that I met and married my wife Debora in 1976. Together we raised our children, Brandi and Bryan.
I have served the community as a business man for over thirty years in the sod and landscaping business. My true purpose and calling is to serve the Lord by preaching and teaching His Gospel.
As a young person I never sought God. I even questioned His existence. Then at the age of 19, in the fall of 1977, after attending three services at a small East Texas church and hearing about the blood of Christ shed on Calvary for my sins, I surrendered to His call of salvation. That day began a turning point in my life. The new relationship I found with Christ has been the most fulfilling I have ever known.
I began to go to church and read my Bible and God began to prepare me for the ministry He had for my life. In 1985 I obeyed His call into the youth ministry and served in that ministry, in some capacity, for 17 years. It was in 1990 when God clearly called me into the Church Pastoral Ministry and in February 1991, He fulfilled that call when He founded Grace Fellowship Church.
I continue to stand amazed at the work God is doing in my life and in the lives of others. I am now entering my 26th year as pastor of Grace Fellowship Church and am convinced more than ever that God has a great purpose for GFC. I invite you to come and be part of a special church family!
Steven and Sonya Fox
I grew up, attended school and began my career in healthcare in southwest Oklahoma; and it was my career that would eventually transfer me to East Texas – a place Sonya had been born and raised.
My greatest chapter began when Sonya and I met in 2002. Not long after we met, Sonya and I were married and we began a journey of bringing two families together to make one.
Sonya is the grand-daughter of a pastor. She grew up in the church and was saved in 1978. She was able to experience ministry early on and new from a very young age her heart’s desire would be to share the gospel.
I grew up in a religious church, but not one filled with relationship. In my middle 20’s I heard the true gospel and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior.
After Sonya and I were married, we moved back to southwest Oklahoma to own and operate a healthcare business. As our family began to face the everyday challenges of a blended family, financial struggles, financial blessings and the challenges of owning and operating our own business, we were also faced with tragedy and decisions that would begin to stretch and grow our faith in ways we could never imagine.
We both experienced tremendous growth in our relationship and found ourselves on our knees holding onto the promises He gave us in scripture.
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
- Deuteronomy 31:6
Sonya’s passion for worship, cooking and leading women to experience the love of Jesus was all strengthened during this chapter of our life and it was my passion to serve our church! I did this by serving in multiple areas and as I served I began to see God help me grow in my own personal walk. I served by helping our pastor with the bus ministry, youth group, summer youth camp, administrative duties, and providing other support in outreach and counsel.
In 2010, after closing our business in Oklahoma, we relocated back to East Texas and found our home in Flint. We began visiting Grace Fellowship, became members in 2011 and began to serve in any areas that we could.
During the summer of 2012 we made our 5th trip to Falls Creek, OK. While attending camp with the Salt Factory (GFC Youth), I felt the Lord really begin to deal with me and speak to me about answering a call to ministry. During the Wednesday night service at camp, I surrendered my life to the ministry agreeing to serve wherever God chose to lead me.
If He called, I would go!
Shortly after our return from camp, we felt the Lord’s call to accept a Youth Minister position in Jacksonville, TX. We served in this role for 18 months and God has since called us back to Grace Fellowship.
I am currently bi-vocational and work in medical imaging, while Sonya enjoys her “retirement” by working at The Brook Hill School.
Sonya and I have 4 children between the two of us but only two are left at home. Justin and Siara are separated in age and school by one year with her being the youngest.
Justin currently attends The Brook Hill School and Siara makes her home with her mother in Oklahoma. She attends school at Carl Albert in Midwest City, OK.
Sonya and I have a burning passion for today’s youth. If we have but one desire it is to build their heart in the foundation of God’s truth and His word.
Our youth face unimaginable challenges in today’s world and the struggle to live righteous and pure will only become more difficult. If we teach them only one thing before they go, it is our deepest desire to teach them the way to eternity in the Kingdom! We feel with our kids – and yours, it is our most important calling to be done!
We love our church family and love serving the Lord!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
- Joshua 24:15
Laura Jennings has come aboard as our Interim Children’s Pastor.
I came to know the Lord at an early age because my dear mother taught me about Him. Honestly, I do not really remember a time that I did not believe in God. I haven’t always been as close to God as I should have been, but I have always known that He was there waiting for me. (1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.) I have been around children all my life, and love to see their faces light up when they learn about the Lord. I have volunteered in Good News Club for over 8 years at the Bullard schools, and I have filled in wherever needed in the church for several years.
I have a daughter that was left in my care when she was 26 days old and I later adopted her, Raylan and I have two biological sons that are grown, and we are raising a grandson as our own. We also have three other grandchildren.
In October of 2017, I was blessed with the position of Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship / Piney Woods Chapter where I oversee Good News Clubs and other ministries for children in a five county area. (Matthew 18:14 says, “it is not the will of your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”) I want to do the will of my Father and help these little ones to learn of His love for them.
As the Children’s Minister at Grace Fellowship I want to use my love for the Lord, my position at CEF and my love for children to teach these precious little ones how to become a Child of God. My hope is that they can grow up with more than just a knowledge that God loves them, but with the assurance that when they believe in Jesus, they are assured of eternal life with Him.
Skip keeps the day to day operations running smoothly!
Judy and I have been married since November 1978. We have a son from a previous marriage, and we have a daughter together. We also have 5 grandkiddos.
I sang Bass for quite a few years, in a male quartet. I served as a Youth Pastor at a previous church for about 7 years.
We came to Grace Fellowship in October 1998, where I have sung on out Praise Team.
I became the Church Administrator in March 2005. A great ‘job’… I get to go to Church everyday!
Come Visit us!!!!
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
There is a beauty in music that cannot easily be summarized. It’s catchy. It tugs at our heart-strings. It’s revolutionary. It’s eye-opening. However, worship is not a song, but a lifestyle. When the music fades, and the hands come down, and the voices stop… It is ongoing. Worship is our response to the Lord for all He has done. It’s thankfulness. It’s adoration, It’s exaltation – and so many other things as well. Our songs fall short of true worship because worship is not a song. Songs usually have an end, but the Word clearly states that the worship of our God will never cease – even in Heaven.
In awe with how deep the Father’s love is for me; I MUST worship Him in return. Lyrics cannot sum up the Lord or His love for us, the bride. Therefore, worship MUST be lived out in the form of a lifestyle, not a worship session. Because music is a passion of ours, our worship overflows into something more tangible like leading worship for a congregation.
But we beg you, beloved, do not let the worship end when the song fades out. Your physical act of worship is living for the Lord. So let your soul cry out to The Lord who so graciously pulled you and us out of a depth that we cannot even begin to fathom. He is WORTHY!!! May we present ourselves to Him knowing this!
Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
– Psalm 148:11-13