From our faithful Volunteers to our full-time Staff, the Ministers of Generations are called to know the Lord and to make Him known, to you and your family, for this generation and beyond, in real time.
Dawn's true gifts in life are her family, husband David for over 23 years, oldest son Colby and youngest son Jarod. She cherishes all time spent with family and friends, as well as loving life, teaching Zumba classes, reading and scrapbooking..
J.P. Grantham graduated from high school in Arlington, Texas and later attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. He has been a resident of Granbury since 1989 and has been married to Michele Grantham for 11 years.
J. P. and Michelle have three beautiful children, Charlie Ross, Lisa and Josh. They are also blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.
Being a painting contractor, this industrious man began a construction business with his best friend in 1998. In his free time, he thoroughly enjoys sports as a football and baseball officiate for Texas High Schools in this area.
J. P. has been a member of Generations Church since 1998. In 2011, he officially became an elder and is a true blessing to this congregation.
Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Greg Harrell grew up and graduated from High School in Cloudcroft before going to the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, where he learned many valuable things. After establishing a Rail Road career (and working for a while as an Air Traffic Controller), Greg - along with his lovely wife Marietta - began their own business in 2000, which continues to successfully serve the rail industry.
Upon joining our congregation in worship first time at the of 2001, the Harrell's have played an important role beginning especially during our church construction project that year, along with our many other gifted volunteers; after which they began serving in more spiritual ways by using their home for Verse by Verse Bible Studies as well as through strengthening couples' relationships with the Marriage Course they have written called, "A CORD OF THREE STRANDS."
Born into a pastor's family in St. Paul, Minnesota, Alan was raised in Liberia, West Africa and Bloomington, Illinois; before moving with his parents and siblings to Salisbury, Rhodesia - now known as Harare, Zimbabwe - where they planted a congregation in 1976; that has become New Life Covenant Church.
A year after meeting Yvette Selbin there, they married and moved to Houston, Texas; where Alan completed his B. A. in Theology and they started their own family, having two children, Summer Joy and Zane Alan; who later were blessed to grow up here in Granbury. Since 1991, Alan has been our first Senior Pastor and he also continues to serve as one of our Elders. His wife, Yvette is currently our Youth Pastor. (Her Bio can be seen below). In February of 2007, their son Zane married Miss Jamie Briscoe, a friend from childhood. In February of 2012, Summer Joy was united in marriage to Mr. Paul Okimoto.
Laurie is a Southern California girl, born and raised.Then known as Laurie Johnston, she was a 4-H member for 10 years; raising and showing horses, pigs, dogs and sheep; but her favorite was goats.After graduating from high school, She lived and worked on a farm in Switzerland with a 4-H Exchange Student Program.Later,Laurie graduated from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and was Church Secretary at Calvary Chapel of San Clemente for 5 years.
In the 80's, she met Gary Zieger - a dashing young man with a great smile and green eyes on the beach in San Clemente - to whom she has been married for almost 25 years. Laurie loves being active, biking, hiking, walking and working out as well as making quilts, doing crochet and reading.
Laura (Brown) Duncan is the daughter of Pastor-Missionaries to Canada, where she lived for 8 years on the Island of Digby, in Nova Scotia, before attending Oregon Bible College in Illinois; (now known as Atlanta Bible College). She married Joe in '77, with whom she helped pastor 2 churches and who - for almost 20 years - was one of our Elders here at Generations Church.
With a heart for International Missions, Laura not only influences our children for the nations but also for our congregation; as she is also our MIssions Coordinator and helps to organize Short Term Mission Trips and Support Projects. Most recently with Joe, they have led Monthly Outreaches to International Students at UTA.
Debbie (Shutter) Ellis is the daughter of Raymond & Lela Shutter.She was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. In October of 1976, Debbie married Randy Ellis who had just completed his Military commitment in the Army.
In 1991, both she and Randy participated in the beginning prayer meetings that the Lord used to birth forth Shady Grove Church of Granbury, now known as Generations. Ever since then, they have been very faithful members, which included Randy's having served as an Elder for 7 of those years up until 2007.
Debbie began serving full time as the Church Secretary in '94 until September of 2008, when she became Generations' first full-time Women’s Pastor, and Hospitality, Benevolence, & Follow-up Coordinator.
On February 1st of 2010, Pastor Shake began serving us in the Worship Ministry here at Generations Church. Making His praises more glorious than ever before, the Lord's Name is being lifted higher and higher in our community through his leadership and service.
Sam "Shake"Anderson - from Louisville, KY - started recording at 9 years old and touring at the same age. As a versatile bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and pianist, this gifted singer and songwriter is a musician's musician.
Shake - as his friends call him - has recorded or toured with a variety of Christian artists; including Crystal Lewis, Anointed, Bryan Duncan, Israel Houghton, New Breed and Avalon; as well as many secular artists like Bruce Hornsby, Aretha Franklin, Indigo Girls, Curtis Mayfield, Aliyah, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and The Impressions.
As Senior Pastor’s wife, Yvette Latta has strategically served the Generations Congregation from our early days in various capacities; including Children’s, Women’s and Worship Ministries. A unique communicator, she is careful to give Jesus Christ the glory Who gives her special insight for encouraging people, wherever she goes.
As our Youth Pastor, her heart's desire is to raise up a team of leaders who are equipped and empowered to see the youth of this generation fulfill their God-given destinies.
Born in Zimbabwe, Yvette has lived in Texas since '78, where she and Alan have raised two wonderful children, Summer Joy and Zane; who are now married and each have a wonderful child. Click below to see a recent family photo.