Meet our staff
Dr. Bob Rowley
Dr. Bob Rowley graduated with a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1982. He and his wife, JoAnn, then moved to Laredo, Texas where God used them to plant Grace Bible EFC.
Over the years, Bob and JoAnn have served as Urban Intercultural missionaries with the EFCA, and Bob served several years on the district board, and five years as the district Director of Church Planting before becoming the District Superintendent. Bob has been involved in about thirty church plants over the years.
On June 14, 2004, Bob was unanimously elected District Superintendent for the EFCA – Texas District. He resigned from the staff of Grace Bible Church on December 31, 2004, after serving for twenty years and began giving full-time to the EFCA – Texas District. In February of 2005 the district became the EFCA Texas-Oklahoma district. Bob and JoAnn live in San Antonio, Texas.
Bob serves on the EFCA Board of Directors and on the EFCA National Church Planting Team. Bob completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Dallas Theological Seminary in May of 2005. His research and dissertation wrestled with the question of what is required to successfully coach church planters. He was the recipient of the John G. Mitchell award given to a student in the Doctor of Ministry program who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and effectiveness in ministry. In the past he has also received the EFCA Church Planting District of the Year award and the UIM Bridging Award for bridging cultures.
Administrative Assistant to the District Superintendent
JoAnn grew up in New Jersey and accepted Christ as a child when a Sunday School teacher invited her to trust Christ as her personal savior. She attended college in Roanoke, Virginia for Radiologic Technology, then returned home and met her husband Bob at her home church in New Jersey. Soon after getting married, Bob and JoAnn moved to Dallas in order for Bob to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. After seminary they moved to Laredo, Texas in 1983 in order to plant Grace Bible Church where they spent the next 22 years. While in Laredo, JoAnn finished a degree to become a teacher and taught in Laredo and San Antonio for fifteen years before retiring in 2008. JoAnn and her husband have lived in San Antonio since 2005 and she now works as an administrative assistant for Bob in order to be more involved with the ministry. They have three married children: Tim (Cristina), a youth pastor in Laredo; Christine (Clinton), a teacher in San Antonio; and Mary (Joseph), a music teacher in San Antonio. They also have two amazing grandchildren, Nathan and Genevieve!
JoAnn's favorite verse is, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21.
Tom is the Mission Consultant for Texas-Oklahoma District (he is available to meet with mission committees, missions chairman or senior pastor on an appointment basis.)
He will also assist anyone with questions dealing with credentialing.
Tom can be contacted at 210-566-8881 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultant appointment.
District Camping Consultant
Don Haluzan can help your church fulfill your mission of reaching people for Christ and helping people grow in Christ by taking advantage of camping opportunities at Twin Oaks Ranch. Don is available to talk with your church concerning children's camps, retreats for youth, men, women, or families, outreach events or other ways the camp can help your church be missional.
For more information please go to www.twinoranch.com
Student Ministry Point Person
Pastor Tim was born in Dallas and moved to Laredo as a young child. He attended Laredo schools as a youth and graduated from Alexander High School. After high school, he attended John Brown University and completed degrees in Business Administration and Youth Ministry.
Following college, he worked as a stock broker in Denver for a couple years before eventually moving home to work for UISD as a teacher and a coach. He is now serving as the Student & Career Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Laredo, Texas, and oversees the middles school, high school, college, and career ministries. Tim serves as our district point person on the EFCA Student Ministries Council.
He has been a part of Grace Bible from the church's beginning and is excited to see how God continues to work in the city of Laredo and Grace Bible Church. "It has been an amazing journey with God, from when I first accepted Him as my Savior as a child until now, as an adult, learning to love Him more each day. There is nothing more amazing than to watch God work, changing lives, softening hardened hearts, healing deep hurts, and restoring people to an amazing personal relationship with Him. God is moving in this city, and I'm eager to see what He is going to do next!"
Kathi hails from New Jersey yet graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree. She came to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus while in Tuscaloosa through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. This is also where she met her husband of 42 years, John Jeffers!
John and Kathi live in San Antonio, Texas after living in eight other locations while John served as an officer in the Medical Service Corp of the US Army for 23 years. Together they have raised three children and now enjoy their six grandchildren.
Kathi has recently retired as a middle school reading teacher and thrilled to have time to come along side those who have a heart to plant a church! John 10:10 tells us that the Lord came to give us life, and a life of abundance. Kathi confirms that this has certainly been true as she reflects on the life the Lord has allowed her to experience