Jordan & Laura Grindle
The Texas District Youth Department is pleased to have Jordan and Laura Grindle as the Youth President. Bro. and Sis. Grindle are excited about this opportunity to serve the students of Texas District. Their love for today’s youth has been evident through their many years of working youth camps and being actively involved in other youth functions at the sectional and district levels. Jordan grew up in the small East Texas town of Alto, located just 30 miles north of Lufkin. After high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where he earned a Bachelors of Administration in Finance. He then attended Texas Bible College for one year, receiving a diploma of completion. During this time, he served Calvary Tabernacle of Alto as the youth pastor and assistant pastor. Prior to attending TBC, Jordan met Laura Knowles while they both worked at Texas youth camps. Later, they met again at TBC, and their relationship grew. Laura, a native of Groves, TX, would continue at TBC, receiving an Associates of Arts in Music. In May 2014, they were married and immediately began pastoring Calvary Tabernacle of Alto. In February 2015, they were asked to serve as the Section 4 Youth Director. Together they have a daughter, Payton Blair, and a son, Baylor Reed.
Nathan & Anna Burks
The Texas District Youth Department is honored to have Nathan and Anna Burks as the Youth Secretary. Bro. Nathan and Sis. Anna are a very active couple out of Abundant Life UPC in Mount Pleasant, TX where his dad, Rev. James Prentice Burks, pastors. After high school, Nathan attended Christian Life College in Stockton, CA. When he returned to Texas, he married the love of his life, Anna Anderson. The two of them have worked extensively in just about every area of ministry in their local assembly. They have been married for 6 years and soon will add a son to their family. Both have had the great fortune of growing up in the Texas District and have served two terms as Section 5 Youth Director. For the past year and a half, they have heeded the burden to travel in an effort to minister to the needs of local churches throughout the United States. Their passion for young people grows with each new sunrise, and they truly believe the best is yet to come. They are both very excited about the future and are very eager at the chance to make a difference in the lives of students.
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Brandon & Tiffani Looney
Brandon and Tiffani currently serve as the Associate Pastor of First UPC in Hillsboro and its daughter work, Waco Life UPC. As a former Student Pastor, they have a passion to see the lives of students changed and empowered to work for His kingdom. Brandon has previously served in other areas of ministry including Senior Pastor and Section 8 Youth Director. Tiffani has participated in several AYC journeys, as well as, serving as an Associate in Missions to Russia. She has also written and published a travel handbook through PPH for young people desiring a missions experience. Brandon, Tiffani, and son, Camden, reside in Trinidad, TX where he currently works as CFO of the public school district and she as Librarian. Together they are willing to make the time investment required by this position and they look forward to continuing to serve the students and pastors of the Texas District!