Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

  • Head of the Church
Ben Dowdy

Ben Dowdy

  • Pastor-Teacher
John Gardea

John Gardea

  • Elder
Russel Shute

Russel Shute

  • Elder

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

Ben trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior as a six year old child. While attending Prairie Bible Institute (Three Hills, Alberta, Canada; 1982-1986) Ben met, fell in love with and married his wife Marcia. During the 1990’s, while serving as director of Southwestern Gospel Ministries to Children in El Paso, Ben began to develop a passion to preach the Word of God. In the late 90’s, he began attending seminary level expository preaching courses at the Stephen Olford Institute for Biblical Preaching in Memphis, Tennessee. In January of 2001, alongside of several other likeminded believers, Ben preached his first sermon at Grace Bible Fellowship from Philippians 1:1-2. Ben and Marcia are parents to six wonderful children, Caleb, Joshua, Josiah, Charissa, Janelle, and Justin.

Many years ago when John was in the 7th grade his older brother shared the gospel with him. When he heard about Jesus he wanted to hear even more! Many years later John came to the foot of the cross submitting to Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. John and his family started attending Grace Bible Fellowship in 2007. In 2011 he served as a deacon for three years at GBF. He has also been a teacher and a coach with EPISD for twenty years. John met his beautiful wife Sandra at school and has been married for 15 years. They have been blessed with two beautiful girls, Janelle and Kristelle. Since 2012, John and Sandra have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as directors of Southwestern Gospel Ministries to Children. For several years John has had the passion to serve the Lord as a pastor. He is currently being trained by the elders at Grace Bible Fellowship.

Russell has been a member of Grace Bible Fellowship since 2005 where he realized that it is by Christ alone that one can be saved. After dedicating 8 years of service in the US Army as a Military Police Officer he married Claudia and have celebrated 21 years of marriage. Russell and Claudia have four children Kellyn, Michael, Rebekah and Victoria. Russell is a full time school teacher and is the president of Gospel Ministries to Children. Feeling a call to ministry Russell attended the Liberty University where he received a Master’s degree in theological studies in 2014.