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EFCA Texas - Oklahoma Board

Tony Ramos
Board Member

Tony Ramos is an Immigration attorney from Laredo, Texas handling a high volume of cases out of the Laredo and San Antonio offices. Together with two other attorneys and seventeen assistants M.A. Ramos & Associates, PC has handled thousands of immigration cases. Tony has also been involved with Immigrant Hope, a ministry of the EFCA to the immigrant population particularly advising undocumented aliens in the U.S. Affiliated since 1989 with the EFCA, he understands the desire of Christians who want to minister to undocumented immigrants while at the same time respecting U.S. laws.


Dave Turpin
Dave Turpin
Board Member

David, a former senior executive for a major corporation, is a business advisor, investor and small business owner in Austin, Texas. He has been active in the Austin community for many years, working with and/or serving on the boards of multiple service organizations, including The Salvation Army and Communities in Schools, and was a long-time mentor with the Austin Independent School District. He has served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher, as well as a member of multiple commissions and task forces at Austin Oaks Church. Besides completing the program of Bible Study Fellowship, he was a small group leader with Community Bible Study. A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of London, David and his wife Anita have two adult children and one granddaughter.


Mark Swirsky
Board Chairman

Pastor Mark is a 1988 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Lake Jackson, Texas for 15 years. He has been married to his wife Julie for twenty six years. They have two daughters and one son; Melanie, Leslie, and Stephen. Pastor Mark is a former student of Texas A&M University and worked as a biologist before entering the ministry. He enjoys camping, fishing, reading, and playing computer strategy games.



Bob DeGray


Robert J. DeGray Jr.

Bob DeGray has been pastor of Trinity Fellowship since it’s beginnings in 1992. His philosophy of ministry is simple: “Preach the Word and love the people.” His attitude toward preaching is also simple: “I want to say again for contemporary hearers what God has already said in the Bible. Bob also serves as an elder and the chairman of the elder board. He is married to Gail and has eight or so kids. See the fuller biography on Bob’s Bio Page for more details.




Bill Stewart
Vice Chairman

Pastor Bill was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 2000 graduate of Cedarville University and a 2004 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Pastor Bill joined the staff at Grace in September of 2000 and served in a variety of ministry roles until becoming lead pastor in June of 2007. He and his wife Mandy were married in 2003 and have two children Nathan and Caroline.

Pastor Bill is an admitted sports fanatic and is a huge fan of his beloved hometown Cincinnati Reds. He likes to run, golf, and play baseball in his backyard with his son Nathan. He is passionate about seeing people come to faith in Christ and watching the growth of new believers whose lives have been changed by Christ. His life motto is “never run alone”.



Bob Rowley
Robert J. Rowley
District Superintendent

Dr. Bob Rowley serves as the District Superintendent for the EFCA Texas – Oklahoma District. Bob and his wife, JoAnn, have three grown children and one grandson, and live in San Antonio, Texas.

Bob serves on the EFCA Board of Directors and the National Start Churches Team. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and teaches church planting there, Talbot School of Theology, and the College of Biblical Studies.