Church Staff

Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark Porterfield was born in Victoria, TX and baptized at FUMC Victoria. His family moved to Corpus Christi in the early 60’s, where he was confirmed at FUMC Corpus Christi and, years later, was recommended as a candidate for ordained ministry. Pastor Mark graduated from UT Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and worked briefly as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department before attending Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He began his pastoral ministry as an associate at Westlake UMC (3), followed by Manchaca UMC (3). He served as the Senior Pastor of Buda UMC (14), FUMC Portland (5) Port Lavaca UMC (3), and most recently Canyon Lake UMC (4).

Pastor Mark has been married to the former Margot Gonzales since 1986. Margot was born and raised in San Antonio. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from UTSA and worked in that field until their second child was born. While in the Buda area, Margot worked for the local paper. While the family lived in Port Lavaca, Margot returned to the Human Resources field working for a non-profit organization called Mid-Coast Family Services. She most recently cared for her mother and stepfather until their deaths.

The Porterfields have two daughters.The eldest, Maxwell, has a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. She resides in New York City and does live musical theater ( The youngest, Magdalene, has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is a Medical Speech Pathologist specializing in head and neck cancer at an ENT clinic in Fort Worth.


Victoria Low

Youth Ministries

Victoria loves working with the Youth and teaching them how to get closer to Christ. She is married to David, a local elementary school principal, and has two children David Jr. and Naomi.
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Kristen Veit

Director of Communication

Kristen is a Corpus Christi native and graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Kristen is passionate about all areas of communication and spreading the word of God through her skills as a video editor.
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Debbie Shannon

Children Ministries

Debbie answered the Spirit’s call leading her to her passion of working with children, and was ultimately blessed with becoming Grace’s Director of Children’s Ministries.
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Cathy Chaloupka


Cathy was born and raised in Corpus Christi and previously worked for Levi Strauss, Energy Industries, and Stripes (Susser) before starting work at Grace UMC & Asbury UMC.
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Michael Kris Perez

Music Director

Michael feels blessed to be a part of the Music Ministry at Grace UMC and that God has called him to use his skills and talents to serve God and God’s people.
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Elizabeth Theiss

Office Manager

Elizabeth is an outgoing person who loves to be around people of God.
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