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Cliff Cooper

PASTOR/ ELDER

Cliff Cooper serves as the full-time pastor for Grace Baptist and has served in this capacity since its founding in 2005.  Cliff has been married to Cheryl Ann Merrell Cooper since 1982, and they have two adult children, Cassie and Clint.  He has a Bachelor of Arts from Wayland Baptist University (1984), and an M-Div from Southwestern Baptist Seminary (1990).  The emphasis of his studies has been in apologetics and New Testament Greek.  He began pastoring in 1981, and has pastored in six Baptist churches in Texas and Mississippi for 34 of the last 40 years.

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Paul Takach

PASTOR/ ELDER

Bro. Paul Takach has served as a pastor at Grace Baptist Church since 2014.  He previously pastored for 6 years at another Baptist church in East Texas.  He has been married to Dana since 2001, and they have been blessed with three children.  Paul has a Certificate of Ministry from East Texas Baptist University (2008).  He is fully convinced of the sovereignty of God in salvation, the need for expository preaching and the importance of the regulative principle of worship.

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Robert Fitzgerald

PASTOR/ ELDER

Robert is one of two bi-vocational pastors currently serving at GBC.  He has been a member of Grace Baptist since its founding, and has served as a pastor here since 2013.  He is a licensed attorney in Texas (1986) (B.A. with distinction in Econ./Bus. from Hendrix College – 1981; J.D. from University of Arkansas – 1985) and has practiced primarily in the area of commercial litigation since 1989.  Robert is married to Vicki (1986), and they have been blessed with seven children and one grandchild (on the way!).

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