Graceland Community Baptist Church
(972) 293-3700

Ministerial Staff
Min. Nathaniel E. Chaney-Minister of Education
Min. Michael Winfrey-Youth Minister
Min. Joe Thomas-Associate Pastor
Min. Ardis Williams Jr.
Min. Johnny Clark
    Minister Michael Winfrey is a former radio personality, born in Des Moines, IA, and has been in ministry for more than thirty years. He has been a Youth Pastor since 2009, for True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, Faith Christian Fellowship Church, and The Church Within International Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas. He is currently the Youth Minister at Graceland Community Baptist Church, Sunday School Teacher, and a part of Prison Outreach under the leadership of Doctor C.D. Stricklin. 

  He accepted his call to ministry in August of 1987 and was officially ordained in April of 2003. Minister Winfrey studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Biblical Studies and has a Degree in Business Computers from Texas Tech, and another Degree in Writing from The Institute for Children’s Literature. 

  Minister Winfrey has written two plays, “The Modern Day Prodigal Son” and “Let My People Go!”, and has starred and acted in several gospel stage plays. In 2008, He produced a gospel CD for youth entitled “Youthful Praise,” and is the author of three books, one of which was published on Amazon (“Soul-Food 365 Spiritual Meals for the Hungry Soul”) and two others in the works; “I Hate Divorce!” (scheduled for completion in 2019) and “No Weapon Formed”. 

  He is the father of three beautiful children and married to his lovely wife, ministry partner, best friend, and soul mate, Raenel Denise Winfrey, also from Des Moines, Iowa. 
​    Minister Nathaniel E. Chaney has been preaching the Word of God for 26 years, and was ordained in 1996. Minister Chaney is a former student of Southern Bible College in Dallas, Texas. He has an Associates Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary, and is working on his Bachelor's of Ministry from the same school. He has been serving as Minister of Education since 2003, at Graceland Community Baptist Church, under the leadership of Doctor C.D. Stricklin.
    Minister Chaney has been married to his wife of 29 year, Vivian E. Chaney.They have three adult children, one son-in-law, and five grandchildren. Minister Chaney is a family man, who loves empowering God's people through Sunday School, Bible Study, and as the leader of New Member Orientation. 
    Minister Ardis Williams was born in Arcadia, Louisiana and later moved to Los Angles, California, where he met and married his wife Sister Lavera Williams. After rededicating his life back to Christ, Minister Williams and his wife moved to Desoto, Texas.
    In 2008, while serving as a faithful deacon, Minister Williams heard the voice of the LORD saying, "Who shall I send, , then said I, here I am am, send me." (Isaiah 6:8)  After hearing the LORD's voice, Minister Williams accepted his call to preach the gospel.
    Minister Williams is an Evangelist, that doesn't mind traveling to share the Word of God with all who will listen. He is currently overseeing the United Men's Ministry, at the Cedar Hill Nursing Home, in Cedar Hill, Texas. 
    Minister Williams loves to sing praises to the LORD, garden, preach, teach, and pray for the sick-and-shut-in that cross his path.
    Minister Joe A. Thomas was born August 31, 1945 and preached his first sermon August 16, 1984. Minister Thomas was ordained one year later on November 2, 1985.
    Minister Thomas is a former radio personality that was on air in Lamesa, Texas. He has been an Associate Minister at Evangelist Temple Baptist Church, Interim Pastor at Greater St. James Baptist Church, Dallas,Texas, and Pastored Abundant Life Baptist Church.
    Minister Thomas has now been serving as an Associate Pastor at Graceland Community Baptist Church for the past 4 years, and serves as one of the instructors for the Mother's Board, Brotherhood, and Sunday School Teacher for Men at Graceland.
    Minister Thomas attended Southern Bible Institute, and graduated in 1988. He is studying for  his Bachelor's Degree at Andersonville Theological Seminary, and is married to his lovely wife of 40 years, Sister Dianne Thomas. The Thomas' have 5 Children, 12 Grandchildren, and 8 Great grandchildren.