JAY SIMMONS / Senior Pastor
Jay Simmons and his wife, Jen, are both graduates of Covenant Theological Seminary, and the proud parents of Story (7) and Annie (5). In 2004, the Lord called them to plant South City Church in urban St. Louis—now a thriving and fruitful multicultural church in the city.
Jay is a native Texan and attended The University of Texas at Austin, and also spent his early career years in Austin. He is excited to be back home in the promised land, flowing with real barbecue and Mexican food.
James Wood / Assistant Pastor
Husband to Clare, father to Emmette Bella and Lila Bess, and owner (but not trainer) of Keller. I came to Austin in 2003 to study at the University of Texas, but found much more: a home, a wife, and a heart for Gospel ministry.
I worked with Cru at UT for six years, during which I also began a Masters of Divinity at Redeemer Seminary. I served as the Director of Young Adults Ministry at All Saints Presbyterian for two years, and graduated from seminary in May 2015. I am passionate about the gospel, church planting, church unity, coffee shops, basketball, and books.
Mac Meador / Creative Arts Director
Mac is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary (2013), studying International Relations. After college, he moved to Washington D.C. to be the college minister of Fourth Presbyterian Church. While he was there though, he felt the Lord was calling him to pursue and study music in the church. He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to complete an internship in Art and Worship.
After that year, he moved to Austin to come on staff at Grace + Peace as the Worship and Art Director. He is one of 5 kids, most of which are spread across the southern United States. He spends much of his time writing music, reading in coffee shops, and pretending he still has a shot at making the NBA.
Robbie Jane Pope / Director of Operations
Robbie Jane Pope grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007. Her church background is an interesting assortment of the following denominations: PCA, Methodist, Episcopalian, Non-Denominational, and a variety of church camps. Robbie Jane has lived in Austin since 2010, and her career experience is in non-profit, communications, and events.
She and her husband, Daniel, met during the Passing of the Peace at All Saints Presbyterian, our mother church. (Moral of the story: you never know how meeting new people at church is going to pay off.) Robbie Jane loves hosting friends and family in their home, their French Bulldog - Hootie, Alamo Drafthouse, searching for the best queso in Austin, all things Colorado and Santa Barbara, and the Grace + Peace family!
MEGHANN PRESLEY / CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR
A native Texan and proud Baylor grad, Meghann is wife to Luke and mom to Avery, Eleanor, and Jack. In her days before motherhood, she spent her time pursuing a career in the pastry world, but now she bakes mostly for family and friends and hunts down the best pastry shops in any town she visits. Meghann was previously on staff with the children’s ministry at All Saints, our mother church, and she is excited to be part of the work and vision of the Grace + Peace family.