Staff

Rev. Doug Widger

Rev. Doug Widger

Senior Pastor

Having spent time in many different states (Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Florida) the Widgers arrived in Texas in 1993. Karen and Doug were married in 1985 and have two children: Sarah and Joshua. Sarah and husband Stephen live in the greater Houston area. Both work as mechanical engineers in the oil industry. Joshua is currently a student at Texas A&M in College Station. Karen teaches Preschool in Fort Worth. Pastor Widger loves preaching and teaching God’s Word and developing leadership. When not investing in church stuff he is active with Academy 4 – a non-profit mentoring organization he helped launch in 2012. Hobbies include hunting, golf, watching sports, music, reading, and being with people!
Dr. Serena Pace Proverbs 3:5-6

Dr. Serena Pace Proverbs 3:5-6

DCE Family Life & Student Ministry

While I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up all over the world, Texas IS HOME! My husband and young son are always up to something good with me and we never seem to have a dull moment. I am a Longhorn from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communication. I am also a graduate from Concordia University in Seward, NE, with a Master’s in Parish Education and Director of Christian Education Specialist certification. I hold a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership of Spiritual Formation from George Fox Seminary in Portland, OR. Outside of family and youth ministry, I enjoy music, reading, fishing, art work and much more. I am thankful for the opportunities God has given me in the past 20 years to serve in congregations and at Concordia University of Texas, for I feel my life has been enriched through many wonderful relationships I experienced in these settings. I am so blessed to serve at Grace, starting in 2013. We minister in many unique ways to and actually with our community! My heart is to love and live Jesus and teach others to do the same. That is exactly what I get to do at Grace in a community striving to share the hope of Christ with others. It is a joy to serve with my team and be in the lives of others!
Sharon Folks -Galatians 2:20

Sharon Folks -Galatians 2:20

Business Manager

As a native of the Central Texas area, I grew up in Marlin and later moved to Temple where I attended Temple College and pursued a career in business. As a graduate of the Land Title School of Texas and as a professional in the land title insurance industry for 15 years, I became a leader in my company and my community. While Vice-President and Manager of a land title insurance company I oversaw budgeting, personnel, and marketing, as well as performing escrow and closing processes for all types of real estate transactions. Following God’s plan and direction in my life has always been important to me. When I was lead to become the Church Administrator for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, I accepted the many challenges ahead of me with confidence knowing that God had placed me there. For 15 years I served as the congregation’s principle business affairs coordinator. Among my duties, I oversaw the budgeting process, and produced all financial reports for the congregation. I also acted as the financial liaison for the church, its parochial school, and the community. When I moved to Arlington in 2008, I felt God led me to Grace Lutheran Church and School. At Grace, I was welcomed by warm and caring servants whose love for the Lord and Savior can be seen in how they reflect the love that Jesus has for all people. Now, as Grace Lutheran Church’s Business Manager, I oversee the financial management for the congregation and work with other ministry team members, church leadership and members to turn vision into results. With passion, I enjoy and embrace using my God-given gifts to support this ministry within our community and beyond.
Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer Chavez

Director of Grace Lutheran Early Education

Board of Directors

Jim Schmidt

Jim Schmidt

President

Steve Alloy

Steve Alloy

Vice President

Philippians 4:13
Gary White

Gary White

Treasurer

Nancy Grieser

Nancy Grieser

Secretary

Joe Elmers

Joe Elmers

Barbara Koehn

Barbara Koehn

David Swille

David Swille

Brian Rukavina

Brian Rukavina

Jim Runzheimer

Jim Runzheimer

Board of Elders

Joe Masterson Matthew 25:21

Joe Masterson Matthew 25:21

Head Elder

Eric Rathjen

Eric Rathjen

Families A-B

Hank Jacobs

Hank Jacobs

Families C-E

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy

Families F-H

Frank Vance

Frank Vance

Families I-L

Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis

Families M-O

Isaiah 58:6
Ernie Owens

Ernie Owens

Families P-R

Joe Masterson

Joe Masterson

Families S

Keith Mangels

Keith Mangels

Families T-Z