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Leadership Structure

Grant Taylor Presented for Elder Confirmation

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About Grant:

Carla and I both grew up in the Dallas, TX area. We met at age 18 and were married while attending college at John Brown University in Arkansas. We have now been married 22 years. After college we lived four years in Houston during medical school and then five more years to complete my Urology residency in Dallas.

We move to Johnson City in 2005 to start my urology practice at Johnson City Urology. We  started attending GFC at that time. My practice has been incredibly blessed by ongoing growth and I'm forunate to have a job where I get to develop relationships with my patients and have many meaningful conversations with them. 

We have two kids; Ben, age 19, is a sophomore at ETSU and Sarah, age 17, is a senior at Science Hill HS. We are also blessed to have Carla's parents, Carl and Joni Nedderman who attend GFC, living near us as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, basketball and hiking.

I put my faith in Christ as my savior as a child and experienced significant spiritual growth while in high school and college. I have an interest in international missions and spent summers during college in South Africa and Brazil doing mission work. During the nine years of medical training, I really didn't grow spiritually and lived in survival mode. I was always gone at the hospital and didn't have much left for my marriage or young family. I am very thankful for God's grace on our marriage during that time and nearly a decade of Carla loving me and our family without much in return.

When we finished residency and moved to Johnson City and started attending GFC, it was a time of great spiritual growth for us both. It was also a time of getting to know my family better. At GFC, we connected in community groups and discipline groups and started experiencing Christian community.

I'm currently leading our community group and love being a Rise Up! Mentor. I've also been able to rekindle my heart for missions. I go with a group of urologists to Mexico each year for a surgical/evangelistic mission. I started going to Cameroon, West Africa three years ago to work with a program called PAACS that has 9 training programs across Africa where they train and disciple young African surgeons. Thanks to social media, I'm able to communicate with the doctors there frequently about their urology patients. We had plans to serve at a different PAACS hospital in Kenya for one to two years, but God has certainly shut that door. While this was hard for us to understand at the time, we certainly now see His hand and sovereignty in it.

We are thankful and excited to be on the Ultimate Journey of being changed and used by Christ with other GFC'ers.



Grace Fellowship Church is ruled by a group of spiritually mature men that the New Testament calls elders. They are responsible for the ultimate oversight and direction of the church. They are to lead by example, to pray, to ensure the spiritual health of the church, and to create an environment in which our vision can be fulfilled. The Elder Board is the governing body of the church, made up of laymen and our Lead Pastor. In January 2013, Frank Benton, Keith Bryant, and Mike Hubbs rotated off the elder board. These three men have contributed immensely over many years to the health and well being of the flock of GFC. They will continue to serve the church with great character and heart. Jud McGowan has rotated back on the board of elders, and in early 2015, GFC confirmed Glenn Rannick as a new elder.

The qualifications for elders are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The congregation nominates and confirms all new elders.

Dan Berry

Earle Chute

Rob Hughes

Chris Killian

 Jim McMackin

 Neil Owen

 Tom Oyler

 Glenn Rannick

Not Pictured: Jud McGowan

Staff Leadership

Tom Oyler is our Lead Pastor who has ultimate responsibility for the overall direction, spiritual health, and leadership of the staff. He leads the Staff Leadership Team, serves as an elder, and is our primary teaching pastor. Tom has been with GFC since 1980.


Donna Simmons is an Executive Assistant. Donna provides administrative support to the Executive Leadership Team as well as to our Teaching Pastor and Staff Manager. She also supports various areas within Adult Ministries. She arrived at GFC in 1997.


Matt Murphy is a Teaching Pastor. He serves on the Teaching Team and functions as the Staff Manager. He has responsibilities in the broad leadership and direction of the staff and oversees our Family Life Team. He arrived at GFC in 2014.


Stephen Mann joined the staff in January 2011 as the Worship Arts Pastor. He has a heart to develop a cohesive atmosphere of congregational worship. Stephen leads the worship times during the services and also oversees creative arts that engage the mission of GFC.


Titus O'Bryant serves as a Teaching Pastor. Leading the ministry team to be catalysts for the ultimate journey of being changed and used by Christ, he also provides leadership for the adult ministry areas of Outreach, Care & Recovery, Hospitality & Assimilation, and Grace Women and Men, as well as creating connections through Small Groups. He joined the Grace team in 2015.