Matthew A. Stahl
ELDER (FULL-TIME PASTOR)
Matt Stahl is the pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church of Willis, Texas. He and his wife, Krystal, joined Grace Covenant in 2009. Matt was commissioned by Grace Covenant in 2015 to preach and teach. In the following years this provided him the opportunity to preach in more than twenty churches and in two countries outside of the United States. Before accepting the call to serve full-time at Grace Covenant, he worked in higher education for ten years. Matt is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and has done additional study at IRBS Theological Seminary. Matt and his wife Krystal have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching little league baseball, playing ultimate Frisbee and reading.
PASTOR EMERITUS (2009-2021)
David Dykstra was the pastor of Grace Covenant Baptist Church of Willis, Texas, for twelve years. Before accepting the call to serve in Texas, he served as pastor in New Jersey for over 30 years. He is the author of Yearning to Breathe Free: Thoughts on Immigration, Islam, & Freedom. Dave and his wife, Debbie, have four grown daughters and 16 grandchildren.
Craig Stahl has served as a deacon at Grace Covenant since 2007. He is a Managing Partner at Total Energy Services, where he has worked for over 20 years. His primary role with the company is business development and the marketing of consultants and engineers. Craig has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Lanae, since 1982. He has three children—Matthew, Andrew, and Elizabeth—and nine grandchildren, who they are thoroughly enjoying.
Michael Cochran was converted from a life of atheism and despair in his late twenties to life in Christ. He attended a variety of churches thereafter, including serving as an elder in a conservative Presbyterian church. He joined Grace Covenant in 2007 and became a deacon in 2018. He is currently retired from careers in employee-benefits consulting, newspaper editing, managing in the medical and oil & gas fields, and is currently a part-time hay farmer. Michael is married to his darling Ricki, and they have two sons and seven grandchildren.