David Chase serves as the Executive Pastor at Lake Arlington Baptist Church. Prior to his current role he served for ten years as within the Tristar family of companies, a Richardson based business conglomerate. Chase also serves as an adjunct teacher in the DBU College of Business.
Prior to his work with the Tristar companies Chase served as an educator in the Dallas and Arlington school districts for five years and later moved to the role of educational consultant for Compass Learning, an Austin based educational technology company. His first year teaching, Chase taught 7th grade reading at Edison Middle Learning Center and later taught 5th grade at Wood Elementary in Arlington.
Chase graduated from Dallas Baptist University with his B.S. in 1997 and completed his M.B.A. in 2013. His wife, Misty, taught previously in the Arlington school district and currently teaches Kindergarten at GPA. Their children, Aby & Ryan both attend Grace.
Jay Sedwick, PhD
Dr. Sedwick rejoins the Board of Directors after rotating off for a few years. Serving Grace Prep on the Board from 2005 to 2011, Dr. Sedwick has been very instrumental in the success of the Academy. After serving for many years as the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Sedwick’s experience and knowledge of Grace Prep and of Christian Education makes him invaluable to Grace Preps continued progress. Dr. Sedwick currently serves as a Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership on the faculty of the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sedwick has more than twenty-six years of youth ministry experience, including the presidency of the Virginia Baptist Youth Ministers Association. As an ordained minister who teaches youth at a large Dallas area church, Dr. Sedwick is a popular conference and seminar speaker. His research and teaching interests include legal and financial issues in ministry, youth development, biblical education for youth, and curriculum design. He is married to Laurie and they have four children. Two of his children (Ana & Lea) have graduated from Grace Prep, while Jay (10th) and Kay Lee (8th) are presently attending Grace Prep.
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Darryl Thornton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the St. John Church of Grand Prairie/Southlake. His professional leadership experience includes senior management positions with various companies including BELO, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the Associates First Capital Corporation, Frito-Lay Inc., and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Darryl has held leadership positions on various boards in the DFW community, including the YMCA, the Plano Economic Development Board, Dallas Urban League, United Negro College Fund of Dallas, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Dallas County. He is a life member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a life member and former national board member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of The University of North Texas and the Kingdom Partnerships for Empowerment & Development. A graduate of the University of North Texas, his executive education includes the UNC–Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Darryl has been recognized by the Minority Business News of Texas as an Influential African American in Texas and as a member of Who’s Who of Black Dallas. He has received a number of awards, including the University of North Texas Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Business Administration and the Dallas Urban League Guild’s 21st Century’s Most Promising Leader. He has served as President of the Minority Human Resources Association and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. His professional affiliations also include the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Dallas Human Resources Management Association, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, and the National Association of Church Business Administration.
Darryl’s personal mission is to be the best Christian, husband, father, leader and role model possible. He has chosen to make a difference and demonstrates his leadership ability through his organizational affiliations and his dedicated involvement in the DFW community. He is the author of Enough is Enough: A Wake up Call to Men. Darryl and his wife Yvonne have three sons, Frederick, Joshua, and Micah.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Rand Toulouse will tell you his most important roles in life are that of a husband and father. He has built his career around his desire to be an active, hands-on dad. Rand’s commitment as a partner with his wife to focus on their family and educating their children, led him to a career as an independent mortgage broker where he often works from home. He has been with Vista Mortgage in Arlington for 17 years, with a total of 20 years experience in the mortgage industry. Rand is a well-respected and seasoned member of the Arlington and DFW mortgage community. He revels in helping families secure the home where their children will be raised.
Prior to beginning his career in the mortgage industry, Rand was an agent and manager for Combined Insurance, an AON company, based in Chicago. Being a commission only insurance agent taught him the essentials needed to fine-tune his communication skills and enhance his perseverance in the face of adversity.
Rand graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with his B.B.A. in Marketing in 1994. He also holds a residential mortgage loan officers license with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. His wife, Holly, was an English teacher in the Keller ISD and The Oakridge School prior to bringing their family to Grace Prep in 2008. Rand and Holly have five children. Colin, GPA class of 2017, attends the University of Arkansas, Kate and Laura attend Grace Prep and Janie Grace and Matthew are the newest addition to their family through adoption. They live in south Fort Worth.
Rand and Holly are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Worth. They have a passion and commitment for FUMC’s African Orphan Endeavor Project that funds education for Kenyan children. Rand is also long time member of several Masonic organizations including the Scottish Rite and Shrine chapters of Ft. Worth. In addition to his other charity responsibilities, Rand actively volunteers with the Grace Prep football and basketball programs.
Phillip Wambsganss is the Executive Director for Higher Education Servicing Corporation (HESC) and its sister corporation the North Texas Higher Education Authority, Inc. (NTHEA). Both organizations work to hold and service low-cost federal and private education loans. HESC through its Outreach Division (“inspirED”) also provides free college access services to students and families in Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, Kennedale ISD, HEB ISD and in other schools and youth serving programs throughout North Texas.
Prior to joining HESC in 1998, Mr. Wambsganss was employed in the banking industry for ten years at banks in Arlington, Grapevine and Southlake.
Away from work, Phillip serves as a Trustee at the Church on Rush Creek, the Assistant Secretary for the Arlington Higher Education Finance Corporation and Greater Texas Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation, and a Board Member for the Education Finance Council.
Phillip holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He lives in Mansfield with his wife Tiffani and their three children who attend Grace Preparatory Academy.
David Cook is a Partner in the law firm of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, where he focuses his practice primarily on corporate transactions, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and energy transactions. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University School of Law where he taught for six semesters. He has presented at numerous continuing legal education (CLE) seminars on various topics, and has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star” and an “Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine, a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, and a “Top Attorney” in Business Law, Civil Law and Transactional, and Corporate Finance / Mergers and Acquisitions by 360 West magazine. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, is a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Fort Worth Business Press, and serves on the Texas Business Organizations Code Committee. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now known as Texas A&M University School of Law) where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of its Law Review, and received his B.B.A. from Baylor University.
He and his wife, Anna, are active covenant members of Fielder Church where they love the fellowship with, and the insight shared by, their community group, as well as being a part of a body of Christ that desires to “inhale and exhale the Gospel and make disciples who do the same.” Both of their children attend Grace Prep.
Courtney L. Walker
Dr. Courtney L. Walker is the Managed Markets Medical Liaison at Novo Nordisk, Inc. for the Texas/New Mexico region, specializing in Diabetes and Obesity. In this role, Dr. Walker spends his time consulting health plans and state government (Medicaid/Medicare) organizations responsible for drug formulary decisions impacting millions of patients throughout the country.
Additionally, Dr. Walker engages with large companies such as AT&T, BP (British Petroleum), GE (General Electric), and Southwest Airlines, who are alert to the clinical crisis of obesity and diabetes in their employees. His aim is to assist these companies with the improvement of their employees’ health via proper medical management.
He has completed more than 14 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and has given hundreds of clinical presentations across the country. Dr. Walker is active in his community by serving as an elder in his local church and speaking at various diabetes/obesity-related events to improve clinical awareness. Recently, Dr. Walker served as a speaker at T.D. Jakes MegaFest 2017 in Dallas, Texas on a panel of experts on the need to address Chronic Kidney Disease in the minority population. He spoke to over 800 individuals and the panel was streamed to many more of the 100,000 participants.
He is the proud husband of Jocelyn, a Physical Therapist, and father to four great kids Blair, Ava, Sloane and MaKenna.
Stephanie Swenson and husband, Daryl, began their Grace Prep journey in 2006 when enrolling their daughter, Antonia, in the first “First Grade” class of Grace Preparatory Academy. Quickly realizing the gift and benefits of the Grace Prep model, they have committed to and supported this program over the years. In 2018, Antonia graduated with plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall, with son, Isaac going into 11th grade, and daughter, Elena, into 5th grade.
While attending Texas A&M University and studying English, education, and receiving her Texas Teaching Certificate for Secondary Education, Stephanie met Daryl, and they married in 1995. After graduating, Stephanie was part of the Dallas film community working in the production of films, commercials, and childrens television. Daryl, holding a Masters degree in Biology and Texas Teachers Certificate in Science Education, taught school for Dallas ISD. In 1999, Stephanie joyfully stepped away from the film industry to care for their children and in 2008 opened GRAM Traffic North Texas, a traffic data collection company established initially as a home-based business and now one of the largest traffic counting firms in the southwest.
On Sundays in Arlington, the Swensons enjoy being a part of the Grace Community Church family. Stephanie, Daryl, and the kids, enjoy being together, new adventures, and taking advantage of any opportunities to be with family and friends.
The Swensons believe Grace Preparatory Academy has been a great place to call home for the past 12 years, with many more to come, and are so happy to serve our very special school.