Leadership Team

Steve Riggle and Becky Riggle

Steve and Becky Riggle

Senior Pastors

Steve and Becky met in college, and for Steve it was love at first sight. They were married nine months later (Steve was 19 by two weeks, and Becky was 20). They have now been partners in life and ministry for more than fifty years. 

After serving in several pastoral staff positions, Steve and Becky joined Grace International Churches and Ministries in 1974 and started a church in Livermore, CA. During their ten years there, five buildings were built, and the church grew to become the largest Protestant Church in the city.

While doing ministry in a prison in the Philippines in 1978, Steve and Becky were taken hostage by four prisoners armed with knives. During the attempted escape from the prison, the four prisoners were killed by police. Steve was stabbed multiple times and almost died, and Becky was shot – after which she spent nine months in a body cast with five surgeries and another nine months learning how to walk again. They have shared their amazing story of God’s presence and power in the crisis on many TV programs and in venues around the world. 

In 1983, Steve and Becky moved to Houston, TX to begin Grace Community Church in the NASA community. During their tenure, the church grew to 17,000 members and constructed a 250,000 sq. ft., 10,000-seat worship center, located on 80 acres in the NASA community. The church also expanded to campuses in The Woodlands, TX; Oceanside, CA; and San Marcos, CA. Steve and Becky now serve as the Lead Senior Pastors of Grace Woodlands Church in The Woodlands, TX, and of New Venture Grace in North County – San Diego, CA.

Along with pastoring, Steve also serves as the President of Grace International, a fellowship of over 3,800 churches with more than 400,000 members, various compassion ministries, and educational institutions both nationally and internationally with ministries in 107 nations of the world. Steve and Becky are both actively involved in training ministry leaders.

Steve has also been active in the business community in building construction and in land investment and development. He currently leads the development team for Cathedral Lakes, a 150-acre mixed-use development located in The Woodlands, TX, and a church development project for Grace International in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Steve also 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 former President of The King’s University, founded by Pastor Jack Hayford. 

Steve has a Master’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a DMIN from The King’s University. Steve and Becky have been married for 50 years, and they have two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Josh and Brooke Pierce

Executive Pastors

Josh and Brooke Pierce were both born into ministry families and have been in full-time ministry together for 13 years. After serving as Youth Pastors to over 300 teenagers in Green Bay, Wisconsin, they moved to Salt Lake City in 2007 to help plant City Church and served in a variety of pastoral roles as the church grew. In June of 2016, they moved to Houston, Texas to become the Executive Pastors at Grace Woodlands. Josh loves to lead worship, teach, and help develop young leaders and pastors. Brooke is passionate about Women’s Ministry, Community Outreach, and Connections Ministries.

They have been married for 14 years and have two amazing sons – Landon and Nathan. They enjoy ministering together, family time, reading, serving in the community, and being a part of leading people to Jesus.

Stu and Debbe Johnson

Directors of Grace International

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 50 years and has two grown children, and three grandchildren.

Pastoral Team

Kevin and Melanie Hayes
Chief Operating Officer

John and Lydia Manzewitsch
Associate Pastors

Rachele Riggle
Family Life Pastor

Tamara Garcia
Grace Kids (Spanish)

Ministry Staff

Jessica Arevalo
Office / Administration

Melinda Orupke
Office / Administration

Jenny Ramos
Finance Office

Flor Ramos
Grace Latino / Admin / Groups

Rachel Santiago
Pre-K Director

Evelyn Aguilar
Grace Kids

Jorge Arevalo

Ashley Reyes
Front Office