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Adam White

Adam has been working at Grace since August 2014, when he served as an intern for a year. After completing his Masters of Divinity at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in May 2015, he has continued on staff at Grace where he now serves as the Minister of Discipleship. Adam leads the young adult ministry at Grace. Out of this ministry he helped formed Y’ALL (Young Adult Learning Lunches). Y’ALL meets bi-monthly, where young adults gather together and discuss certain topics over potluck lunches. He also forms and helps lead in organizing and leading annual membership classes and Sunday school classes. Finally, Adam co-leads a multi-United Methodist Church Taize service. The Taize service occurs once a month on every third Sunday evening, rotating between Grace UMC, Oak Lawn UMC, Greenland Hills UMC, and White Rock UMC.

Other than serving at Grace UMC, Adam also works for the Missional Wisdom Foundation as one of two Priors who assist, along with the Abbot, nurturing the new monastic communities of the Epworth Project. Adam is also pursuing ordination as a Deacon within the North Texas Conference of the UMC. He enjoys biking, playing soccer, and is looking forward to being married to his amazing fiancé, Blair, in May 2016.

Y’ALL (Young Adult Learning Lunches) Facebook Group

Monthly Taize Service’s Facebook Page

Adam’s Cell: (817) 939-3149

Adam’s Email:

Les Chandler

Les recently completed his Master of Arts in Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In graduate studies, Les pursued an emphasis in urban ministry and certification in Pastoral Care and becomes the first person to step into the role of Minister of Congregational Care at Grace. Les served as a pastor for sixteen years in Churches of Christ. His faith journey began in the United Methodist Church as a child and young teen.

Les and his spouse, Bert Casanova came to Grace in 2006 where acceptance and healing love greeted them through the family of Christ at Grace. He is proud to serve at Grace where diversity is celebrated through the commonality of inclusive love for all. Les shares his life story through the avenues of Sunday school classes, on panel discussions, and events centered on LGBTQ inclusivity. He also serves on the Reconciling Ministry Board of the North Texas Conference.

Les can be reached at

Pastor’s Word: Celebrate!

Judith_blogDear Church Family,

This Sunday we celebrate! As always, we celebrate because every Sunday is a resurrection Sunday. This Sunday, we also celebrate because Pastor Mary, as she is affectionately known around Grace, has passed her interview with the Board of Preparations and Qualifications. Glory
Be! Alleluia! I know you will want to congratulate Mary on her fine work in answering her call.

Please take advantage of the many opportunities to be with one another, to reflect, and to take action in one or more of our many Lenten offerings sent to you early this week. It is not too late to sign up. We are just beginning!

Remember our Lenten challenge and look for the sign-up sheet on your way into the sanctuary:

During Lent, skip one meal per week; set aside the money you would have spent on that meal.

During that mealtime, practice a spiritual discipline – reading a scripture, praying, reflecting.

On Easter Sunday, bring the money you saved on those six meals to the church. We will combine all monies and give them to our Bishop’s Zip Code Connection, working to empower those in extreme asset-poverty areas.

Let us take the time to breathe deeply, reflect, and look at one another!

Grace and Peace,