Dr. Marc Evans
Head of School
Dean of Academics
Dr. Evans joined our Grace Prep team in August of 2012. Dr. Evans’ diverse professional background uniquely qualifies him to be the one charged with the responsibility of leading Grace Prep in continued excellence as the premiere University Model School.
Dr. Evans holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas, an MS in education from Slippery Rock University, and a BA in administrative studies from the University of California at Riverside. As we continue to advance academically and strive for excellence in all areas of instruction, changes that are beneficial to both instructional delivery and technology will continue to be of utmost importance. As our teachers embrace professional growth and development, our Grace Prep families are assured that their children are receiving the best Christ-centered education they can receive.
Dr. Evans firmly believes that excellence begins in the home, continues through a stable church home, and is confirmed within the walls of our Academy. As such, he is committed to advancing our reach within the community so that all of us who know and love Grace Prep can share that experience with other families that the Lord calls to our hallways. Additionally, he will continue to stress strong business management and integrity in all of our processes as such concentrations are vital to the growth and success of our school.
Dr. Evans is married to Tammy, who will be serving as our girls’ basketball and cross country coach. His oldest son Brad is married to Shelly; they are blessed with a daughter, Nora Grace. His second son Brett is a successful contractor in Oklahoma. His daughter Taylor is a sophomore at TCU, and his son Mason is currently a senior here at GPA.
Over the last 30 years, Dr. Evans has been a dorm director, college admissions counselor, a college assistant and head coach, a college department chairman, college professor, college advisor, pre-school owner, business sales associate, athletics compliance director, and Head of School.
"I truly believe that all my experiences have uniquely prepared me to lead Grace Prep to even greater heights. But positive growth in a UMS school is most dependent on strong parental involvement in conjunction with loving personnel and teachers who are bright, engaged, and above all, committed to the Lord in all they say and do when it comes to our kids. Individually we contribute, but together we transform."
Chris joined Grace Prep in 2013. Chris has taught in both public and private schools over the past 14 years. He and his wife Lindsay have two children; their son Peyton is a 1st grader here at GPA and their daughter Presleigh is 3 years old. After attending Baylor University after high school, Chris earned his BS in Education from DBU and his M.Ed in Administration from Lamar University. He was a 2012 Houston Coach of the Year finalist and the 2012 TAPPS District 3-6 Coach of the Year.
"It is a joy to educate future generations, not only with knowledge found in textbooks, but with a spiritual foundation that will help them walk closer to God. I love the fact that we get to partner with parents as they fulfill their role as the primary faith trainers for their children. Together we are creating a generation of College-Worthy Character Witnesses for Christ!"
"Athletics can each some of the best life lessons in the life of a young person. It is a joy to coach a game I love and at the same time impact the lives of young men for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ."
Dean of Educational Services
College and Academic Advisor
Denise joined Grace Prep as a teacher in 2003. After teaching English at various grade levels for five years, Denise began serving in an administrative capacity and is currently our Dean of Educational Services. Denise’s responsibilities include oversight of the Grace Prep admissions department, registrar and advising offices, parent programs, and library services, as well as offering academic support services in the areas of class scheduling, textbook coordinating, testing, study halls, academic events such as awards ceremonies and graduations, TAPPS academic competitions, National Honor Society, medical screenings, and crisis management. Denise graduated from Texas Christian University in 1986 with a BS in advertising and public relations. She has three beautiful girls: Melissa, a Grace Prep ’09 graduate and English teacher in a local school district; Emily, a sophomore at Texas State; and Elizabeth, who is an senior at Grace Prep.
“It is a privilege to partner with parents as we seek to develop college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ.’”
Dean of Athletics
Head Basketball Coach
Dean of Student and Family Ministries
Phil joined Grace Prep in 2013, and his passion is to see the students and families of Grace Prep grow deeper in their faith and love for Christ. Phil graduated from Texas Tech in 1985 with a BA in speech communication and then went on to pursue a master's degree in theology, graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991. Phil combines over twenty years of secular work experience with eighteen years of pastoral ministry, equipping him well for his new role as the Dean of Student and Family Ministries. Since 2010, he has been pastoring Living Hope Church in southeast Arlington, and he will continue to do so while serving with Grace Prep. Phil also served with a short-term missions organization (Global Missions Fellowship which is now known as E3 Ministries). He has been on 22 missions trips (most of which he has led) to places such as Peru, Uganda, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, and New Orleans. As we plan to expand our missions opportunities for our students, Phil will be of great value.
Phil has been married to Debbie for 29 years and they have three children. Nathan (21) lives in Omaha, Nebraska, Hannah (19) is a freshman at Tarrant County Community College, and Katy (15) is a Grace Prep junior. Family is important to Phil, and as he has discipled his own children, he desires to exemplify Psalm 78:72 in the way he shepherds the families of Grace.
"Being a part of the Grace Prep team opens a door of ministry with students, families, and faculty alike. God is doing an eternal work among us, and I am thankful to be a part of it."
Dean of Finance and Operations
Biographical information coming soon!
"Having been part of the Grace Prep community for 13 years, my husband Rodney and I are grateful for Grace Prep and the GPA families who have been powerful and valuable tools of strength, guidance, and undergirding to our parenting efforts in teaching and training our six children according to God's master plan."
Educational Services Coordinator
"It is a pleasure to keep things running smoothly within our many educational support programs because I know that the work we are doing for the students of Grace Prep is not only growing them deeper in knowledge, but more importantly, in their faith in Christ."
Director of Development and Institutional Enhancement
"After 13 years of association with the school, what a joy and blessing it is to once again be a part of the vision of Grace Preparatory Academy. I look forward to working with the community, staff, families, and friends of GPA to invest in the lives of the students we touch today while looking forward to those we will impact in the future."
"Grace Prep has been a true blessing to my family. My children have enjoyed their years here, and I get the privilege of working with the great families at GPA."
Assistant to the Dean of Student and Family Ministries
"I am grateful that God brought our family to Grace Prep eight years ago and, in 2010, allowed me to become a part of this wonderful community. I consider it a privilege and a blessing to be here and have loved getting to know the students. We truly have great kids here at Grace Prep!"
"I love interacting with the students and families of Grace Prep! It is a blessing to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ."
"I have had the pleasure of working at Grace Preparatory Academy for eightyears. Whether I am bandaging a scraped knee, making a copy, or helping to find a lost item, I count it a joy to serve our dear students, teachers and parents."
"It is a privilege to work with other believers who are passionate about raising up children for the Lord. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the families here."
Director of Admissions
“I am so thankful that we found this school 17 years ago for our children. It has been an excellent training ground that has provided them with many wonderful opportunities both academically and athletically. I would love the opportunity to introduce you and your family to Grace Prep! Please come by for a visit!”
"As I do a lot of work behind the scenes, I can attest to the fact that Grace Prep really is a special place, with staff fully committed to the academic and spiritual growth of our kids. It is a blessing to be a part of His work here."
Assistant to Dean of Athletics
“I enjoy teaching at Grace because the Christ-centered focus makes it a meaningful place for children to learn and experience the love of God.”
Executive Administrative Assistant
“I consider it a privilege to work at Grace Prep. It has been a blessing to serve the wonderful families that have been a part of GPA life for the last 18 years. It is always a great day to be a LION!”