Meet Our Staff

Rick Minett
Senior Pastor

Pastor Rick Minett began his pastoral ministry in 1975 and has been the Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church since 1984.  He also served on the Executive Committee of the Billy Graham Association (Gulf-Coast Crusade) and has been actively involved in the Houston Emmaus Community since 1982 serving as a spiritual director numerous times.  After earning a BS in Psychology and Counseling, he earned his Master’s of Divinity from the Houston Graduate School of Theology in 1990.  Pastor Rick and his wife, Deanna, have four sons, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.
Julie Blanchard
Assistant Administrator and Director of Education

Julie Blanchard has been a member of Grace Community Church for over 15 years and joined the church staff in 2007.  She serves as the Assistant Administrator and Director of Education.  She earned a BSEd degree from Missouri State University.  For 15 years she was a teacher and program coordinator with the Houston Independent School District and was the Program Coordinator/Director of Children's Ministries for a large Houston church.  Julie and her husband, Randy, have three sons and one daughter-in-law.
Marla Williams
Children's Director

Marla Williams has been overseeing our children’s ministries since 1986.  She has an AA in Christian Education from Southern Bible College and BA in Marketing from the University of Houston.  She is a certified Montessori school teacher and has been a Children’s Leader for Bible Study Fellowship for several years.  Marla and her husband, Danny, love to spend time with their six grandchildren.
Larry & Cathy Weaver
Student Ministers

Larry and Cathy Weaver have been members of Grace Community Church since 1993.  They have been active in the Houston Emmaus Community for over 25 years and accepted the call to Student Ministry in 2005.  Larry works for Wilson Fire Equipment Company and Cathy works with children and teens in area community theatres as a production director and teacher.  They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Christi Nichols
Nursery Director

Christi Nichols has been a church staff member since 1999 and oversees our nursery ministry. She is a preschool teacher and is infant CPR and first aid certified. Christi and her husband, Daniel, have two sons and one daughter-in-law.
Christina Erazo

Christina Erazo has served as the church secretary since 2007.  She grew up in Katy and attended Tomball College.  She has a son and a daughter.
Wilton Vardeman
Business Administrator

Wilton Vardeman has been the Business Administrator of Grace Community Church since 1968.  For over 30 years, he was Executive Vice President of an agricultural and chemical company in Houston.  He earned a Certificate of Accounting from Southwestern Business University in 1949.  He and his wife, Jane, have one daughter and one grandson.