The GMI Church Network

GMI Board


Myles Sweeney

Myles Sweeney

PRESIDENT

Myles founded the first GMI (Grace Ministries International) church in Wharton, Texas in 1991. His main focus is building the GMI churches through building its leadership. He also travels nationally and internationally, as the main mission thrust of GMI. Myles’ ability to grasp Biblical principles and transfer them in a practical, motivating, and challenging way is one of the reasons he is a sought-after teacher and mentor. He is a spiritual father and pastor to pastors around the world, equipping them to be effective in their call and ministry.

Many of these pastors pushed him to develop training for parents, after seeing his children so devoted to God and God’s call on their lives. This became the “Kingdom Families” teaching which has been used by hundreds of churches in the U.S., and has been translated into various languages in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Myles has also developed a number of other training materials and training weekends that are being used nationally and internationally by churches and church networks.

Myles and his wife, Sallie, have been married 37 years, and she is the love of his life. He has five children, all actively serving the Lord, and five grandchildren.

Mike Rod

Mike Rod

BOARD MEMBER

Mike serves as Lead Pastor of GCF Brenham. He and his wife Debera and have three children, and at the present time 4 grandchildren.

Mike was gloriously saved in 1985 at the age of 31, and felt the call to pastoral ministry within a year of his salvation experience. In 1987, Mike began that journey by accepting a call as pastor to a small Baptist church in Rock Island, Texas. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990 with an Associates Degree and has been actively involved in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years.

Under Mike’s leadership, GCF Brenham has grown into a church that is full of life, and full of transformed lives, as it continues to grow in its influence in Brenham and the surrounding region.

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

BOARD MEMBER

Jim is the senior pastor of GCF Fort Worth in Hurst, Texas (Fort Worth area). He and his wife Katie live in Colleyville. They have three married children living in the Houston area. Their son James and his wife Brenna have two boys; David and his wife Jodi have two girls; and their daughter Mary and her husband Kyle are expecting a little girl.

Jim grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to the Lord in 1971 at 19. He sensed the Lord calling him to ministry in the local church and left law school in 1973, joining his church staff in 1974. Together with Katie, Jim has led small groups, provided family and marriage counseling, and worked to extend God’s grace to others. Jim and his family moved to south Dallas in 1981 to work with others as an outreach to those in the area. Jim’s passion is to help and encourage others to come into all God has for them. Together, they work to strengthen marriages and see children grow up in a positive, Godly environment.

Paul Tsika

Paul Tsika

BOARD MEMBER

Paul serves as the Lead Pastor of GCF West Houston. He married Melanie in 1988 and they have four children ranging in age from 22 to 27. Paul has been in full time Christian ministry for 29 years.

While in seminary, Paul served as Lead Pastor at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Azle, Texas. After 10 years of schooling, Paul earned a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul and Melanie served six great years as Lead Pastor at Lighthouse until they answered the call to move to Restoration Ranch in 2003, where he served as Executive Director of the Restoration Ranch until September 2015 when he transitioned to full time Lead Pastor of GCF West Houston. Paul ministers in local and foreign mission outreaches and preaches conferences for churches across the nation.

Paul is a very gifted and engaging communicator. He presents Biblical truths in a clear and concise manner that is easy to grasp yet powerful in its application. His intense delivery and self-effacing humor make him a joy to hear. Paul’s top three passions are faith, family and friendships.

Josh Macklin

Josh Macklin

BOARD MEMBER

Josh serves as lead pastor at GCF Hays. He has been in ministry for over 15 years and has developed a passion for building deep relationships with people. He enjoys spending time having a conversation over a cup of coffee at local shops.

Josh studied theology at Liberty University and is always adding to his education by further reading and studies. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys really good food especially when his wife Susanna is cooking.

Josh is married to Susanna and they live in Plum Creek. Together they have two young men, Joshua and Jackson. When they are not at home you can find them at a coffee shop, watching a new movie or spending time with close family and friends.

 

Vincent Townsend

Vincent Townsend

BOARD MEMBER

Vincent Townsend serves as lead pastor of GCF Brazosport. He has a pastor’s heart and loves people. He is a dynamic preacher who delivers God’s word with charisma and passion. He absolutely loves to see and be a part of people’s lives being transformed for Christ. He serves the people at Grace with a deep love for them and for the church.

Vincent has worked for Union Pacific Railroad since 2004. He married the love of his life, Althea in 1999. Together they faithfully serve the church with their two beautiful daughters, Kaia and Halle. Vincent loves to run marathons and play golf for entertainment.