Rick Minett

Senior Pastor

Pastor Rick Minett began his pastoral ministry in 1975 and has been the Senior Pastor of Grace Houston 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, two daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren who are the light of his life.

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Jake Fritze

Associate Pastor

Assimilation & Community Groups

Pastor Jake comes to us from Chicago where he was a pastor at a large church for eight years overseeing adult ministries including community groups, men's ministry, marriage ministry, and premarital ministry. He graduated from Judson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and was a high school English Literature teacher for eight years as well. He has been married to Julie since 2000 and he has three children, two sons and a daughter.


Julie Blanchard

Asst. Administrator & Dir. of Education


Julie Blanchard has been a member of Grace Houston 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 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 Houston 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 10 grandchildren.

Christina Erazo

Church Secretary


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 Houston 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 has a daughter and one grandson.