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Elders (L-R): Joel Mosier, Lemuel Duran, Ben Akatsa, Jonathan Thomas

Pastor Joel was born and reared in a pastor’s home in Milwaukee, WI and was first drawn to trust Jesus as a twelve-year-old boy. He earned a B.A. Bible and a few years later a M.A. Theology. While in his college years he met his wife, Tara. They married in 2000 and now have five children, four boys and one daughter.

Before he was called to the pastorate of Grace Life he served as a youth pastor for seven years and assistant pastor for two years. Since July 2012, Pastor Joel has served as the pastor of Grace Life. He desires to see people who have never known Jesus to become followers of Jesus. In God’s providence, Grace Life has become the first church home to many people who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

He enjoys watching football, coaching his kids sports teams, spending time with his family, and running.

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Ben Akatsa serves as worship pastor of Grace Life. He and Anita have two boys, Ethan and Zachary.  
For the past twenty years, he has been involved in music ministry in different capacities. When he graduated from high school, he served as a keyboard player for a choir, a traveling minister, and a local congregation. Later, he served as band director, a worship leader, and most recently as a keyboardist. He sees worship through the avenue of music, and scripture, as two powerful transformation agents used by the Holy Spirit to do some of  His deepest work in the heart of man.

Lemuel Duran serves as one of our pastors. Originally from Peru, he, Joanna and the girls (Rachel and Becky) are a joy to be around. Lemuel leads one of our Spanish Life Groups, teaches a discipleship class and is heavily involved in our musical worship ministry. He is burdened that each generation would be discipled and assume their roles within the church family. 

Joanna and her team of volunteers lead our Kidz Church ministry every Sunday.


Jonathan Thomas faithful teaching, gentle shepherding and wise counseling has encouraged our Grace Life family on many occasions. He and Tricia have four children: Caleb, Elaina, Jack and Jed. Over the years, Jonathan has led our financial discipleship class.



Grant Alford serves as a pastoral resident, leading and teaching our student ministry. He and Allison both grew up in Cypress and graduated from Cypress-Creek High School. Grant is our local Aggie representative. They have four children: Taylor, Luke, Brooke and Bennett. They have a contagious desire to disciple the next generation of Christians. If not leading a Life Group or a student ministry event, you’ll find Grant playing bass in our worship band.