Pastor Mark has a teacher’s heart to help people understand the good news of Jesus Christ and live a champion’s life through the power of the Holy Spirit. In 2004 Pastor Mark returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom to become the full-time pastor at Grace Chapel. When it is time to relax Pastor Mark enjoys working on his boat (sometimes fishing in it), fiddling around in the woodshop or yard, or enjoying a Texans or Bills football game. His house is often filled with two young grandchildren, their parents, and neighboring families. He and his wife, Cindy, were married in ’84 and are very much in love.
Austin Poper was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where he went to the University of New Mexico for business. It was there that he felt the call to Ministry. He then went to SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University) where he changed his study to Pastoral Ministries and where he met his beautiful wife Brittni! God has taken Austin and Brittni on an amazing adventure and during that adventure he felt the call to become an Assistant Pastor at Grace Chapel! Austin loves talking to people about Jesus' life changing love and passion for them. He and his wife have a beautiful baby boy named Joshua who is the center of their universe!
Little Lambs Preschool Director
The preschool is directed by Gladys Stampley. She has been teaching at Little Lambs since July 2007 and holds a directors certificate since August 2009. Her passion is for preschool education and the development of the whole child- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Worship Leader, Family Life Director, Women’s Ministry Leader
Sonia Akers has been part of our Grace Chapel church family for over 13 years. She was the volunteer worship leader for many years as she taught full time in the public school system. In 2013 The Lord called her to be a part of the full time staff at Grace. As the worship leader, her passion to touch the heart of God is reflected in our powerful worship services. In her role as the Family Life Director she is training and equipping children’s leaders to be the most effective teachers in their ministries. Sonia is also the Women’s Ministry Director. She loves connecting both with individuals and groups of women. With each ministry she leads, she loves watching people grow spiritually and encourages them to walk in the gifts God has equipped them with. Her education background ranges from Northwest (Assembly of God) University to Central Washington University with degrees in Music and Education. Sonia is married to Mark Akers, who is very involved in Grace Chapel Church and has two beautiful young children, Caleb and Abigail who are future Grace Chapel leaders
Creative Director, Secretary, Children's Leader
Brittni Poper has been a part of Grace Chapel church since she was born! She went to SAGU where she met her husband Austin Poper and they moved to Magnolia as Youth Pastor's of Grace Chapel. They moved to New Mexico and after 2 years, they felt the call back to Grace Chapel. While in New Mexico, Brittni got her degree in Digital Media Arts and Design and she runs her own photography business. She also accepted the position as Children's Pastor and she loves seeing her students grow and learn about Jesus! Other than being in front of her students, she works behind the scenes as our creative director creating all the media for Grace Chapel.