Executive Team

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Steve Riggle

President

Steve grew up in an Assemblies of God church and was licensed in 1969 as a minister. In 1974, Steve and Becky joined the Christian Evangelistic Assemblies (now Grace International) and started a church in Livermore, California. They served as pastors at that location for almost ten years. During these years, the church grew to become the largest Protestant church in the city.

In 1983, Steve & Becky moved to Houston, Texas, and shortly thereafter founded Grace Community Church (GCC). During their tenure, Grace has expanded to four campuses and approximately 17,000 members. Steve is now the Founding Pastor of Grace and the Senior Pastor of the Grace Woodlands church, The Woodlands, TX.

Steve currently serves as President of Grace International, a fellowship of over 3,000 churches nationally and internationally. Additionally, Steve serves on the executive team of Houston Area Pastors Council, a group of pastors seeking to serve the whole body of Christ in the Greater Houston area as it mobilizes to reach the whole city with the gospel. He is also the past President and a current Board member of The King’s University founded by Pastor Jack Hayford. This University has multiple campuses with the main campus now located in Dallas, TX. He has done leadership training in many settings, in the states and overseas. Steve has authored a book entitled “The Sharper Edge”, which was published in 2001, and his messages have been broadcast on nation-wide television.

Steve and Becky have been married over 45 years, and they have two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.


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Orvel Taylor

President Emeritus

Orvel Taylor began serving in vocational ministry in 1954. His many years of ministry include 37 years as Senior Pastor in three Southern California locations. He became the third president of the Christian Evangelistic Assemblies in 1982, serving in that role until retiring in 1997. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Grace International as President Emeritus.


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Larry Ihrig

Vice President

Larry has been in vocational ministry for over 40 years. That experience continues to focus his passion on a balanced approach to ministry and a strong emphasis on teaching. He has served as a youth pastor; associate pastor; church planter; leadership, retreat, and conference speaker; and as Lead Pastor since 1985.

In November of 2001 Larry became lead Pastor of Celebration Christian Center in Livermore, California. He also is the Vice President of Grace International headquartered in Houston, Texas and provides oversight for the Grace International Church Planting Department.

A native Southern Californian, Larry and his wife Rhonda have enjoyed over 40 years of marriage. As partners in life and ministry they share an enthusiasm to see lives changed and Christians matured by the grace of God. They have two married children and five grandchildren.


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Stu Johnson

Executive Administrator & Corporate Secretary

Stu is the Executive Administrator for Grace International Churches and Ministries, Inc., where he oversees all the day to day operations of Grace International. Stu has extensive ministry experience as a conference speaker, youth pastor, college and career pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, and district superintendent. He was also an Air Force officer for 30 years, retiring in 1999 as a Colonel. He has led military organizations of over 6,000 people and multimillion dollar budgets. Stu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. Also, he has extensive training in Biblical and ministry areas. Further, he is the author of the leadership book, ‘The Grace Goes With The Chair’. Stu has been married to Debbe for over 45 years and has two grown children, and three grandchildren.


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George C.

International Ministries Director

George and Leela were born and raised in St. Thomas Christian families in the state of Kerala, South India. They moved to the US in the early 1970’s. George served with World Vision and Leela with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Bank of America. In 1986 George resigned his position to serve the Lord in North India which is home to the largest number of unreached people groups in the world. A few years later Leela also joined the ministry fulltime. George and Leela have pioneered New Theological College (NTC) to train national Christians as church-planters and CEA (Grace International) to plant churches among unreached people groups. As of 2016 NTC, now the largest fully accredited interdenominational, charismatic seminary in North India, has nearly 2,000 graduates who are serving the Lord in India, Bhutan, Myanmar Nepal and several other countries. Hundreds of congregations have been established by these graduates and thousands have come to the Lord through their ministries. George and Leela have also pioneered a number of primary and secondary schools that are serving nearly 4,000 children. They are also responsible for four orphanages and several ministries to poor women that are blessing many. They both hold degrees from the University of Kerala. George also graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California and Gordon-Cowell Theological Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts. They have two sons and six grandchildren.


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Arni Jacobson

Director of Church Expansion

Arni is the Co-Founding Pastor of City Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a successful pastor, mentor, church planter, motivator and author. Arni loves to build lasting relationships and see people come to a real understanding of their relationship with Christ. Over more than 45 successful years in ministry, Arni has built dynamic churches in Merrill, Wisconsin; Salt Lake City, Utah; Salem, Oregon; and pioneered a church of more than 3,000 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2007, Arni and his son, Chad, embarked on a new ministry, returning to Utah to co-found City Church. Arni continues to be a much sought after speaker and counselor to churches both in the United States and abroad. Arni and his wife, Jan, have two children and six grandchildren.


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Dario Parish

Spanish Ministries Director

Dario has been a minister for more than 34 years. He is leading a network of ministries and churches throughout 28 nations around the world, with more than 750 churches under his leadership. Dario has been married to Cindy for over 30 years, and they have four children. For most of their ministry life, they lived in Guatemala, which was their home base for their international ministry. Since 2006, they have been living in area of Houston, Texas. Since fall of 2006, Dario and Cindy have been planting Spanish speaking congregations in the United States and abroad. Dario has the burden of seeing multitudes transformed by the power of God. His passion is to develop and raise many in leadership and into the ministry.

Board of Directors

Paul Adams

Garrett Booth

George C.

Larry Ihrig

Arni Jacobson

Stu Johnson

Juan Carlos Manzewitsch

Dario Parish

Dale Ray

Steve Riggle

Craig Schlesinger

Alfred Smith

Ed Staton

Orvel Taylor

Elders

Marvin Bell

Robert Giles Sr.

Gwyn Vaughn

 
 

International Ministries Board

Paul Adams

Marvin Bell

Jon Burkley

George C.

Bob Giles

Mike Hooper

Stu Johnson

Juan Carlos
Manzewitsch

Dario Parish

Dale Ray

Steve Riggle

Fritz Stranz