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Grace Lutheran Church
1212 Jefferson
Brenham, Texas 77833

Worship: 8am & 10:15am
SS & BC: 9:15am


Pastor Lee Kunkel and his wife Deb have been faithful servants to the congregation since November of 2011. Pastor Kunkel will retire from full time ministry at Grace on February 28, 2018. He is scheduled to preach his last sermon as a Pastor at Grace on Sunday February 25, 2018. The congregation will mark his retirement and honor Pastor Kunkel with a luncheon following the service. Pastor Kunkel will continue in part-time service to the congregation playing the organ and directing the choir.

" We preach Christ crucified.”

Grace Lutheran Church is a Lutheran Christian congregation which preaches, teaches, confesses, and practices the historic Christian Faith.

What We Believe

We believe that all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments (The Holy Bible) are the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only rule of faith and life. We accept and acknowledge all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 as a true and sound exhibition of Christian Doctrine taken from and in full agreement with the Holy Scriptures.

· We believe that there is only one God. He is the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We reject all other gods and pathways to salvation as being false.

· We believe that God created all that exists out of nothing in six literal 24 hour days. We believe that mankind is the crown of God’s creation and in the beginning God established an order by which man and woman should live for their benefit and blessing as well as God’s glory. We reject as false every theory of evolution and every notion that evolution is science and we also reject every perversion of God’s created order as being acceptable within society or the church.

· We believe that since man fell into sin, all men are sinners from conception and in need of a Savior, without whom they would be eternally lost and suffer the eternal wrath of God’s punishment in hell.

· We believe that God desires to save all mankind.

· We believe that God Himself took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ and obeyed the law in our place, suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of all mankind, and rose again to life that we might have the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. We reject every notion or teaching that man can save himself, that he can earn eternal life by his good deeds, or that there is any salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ.

· We believe that God offers the gift of forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation to every person freely for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

· We believe that saving faith in Jesus Christ cannot be obtained by an exercise of the will. It is not obtained by the decision of any man, for apart from God’s working in him every man remains spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins.

· We believe that saving faith is God’s free gift and is received by man when the Holy Spirit working through His word, works saving faith in the heart, a faith which grasps and holds on to the saving merits of Jesus Christ who died and rose for us.

· We believe that all people who have saving faith in Jesus Christ will receive the blessing of everlasting life in heaven and that it is God alone who can judge the heart of any person to see if they have faith. Accordingly then, we also confess that there is only one holy Christian and apostolic Church, made up of all true believers and only true believers.

· We believe that Baptism is God’s work on behalf of the sinner being brought to faith in Christ, not man’s work to curry God’s favor. Accordingly then, we confess one Baptism, administered according to Christ’s command and promise, for the remission of sins.

· We believe that Jesus Christ will return on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. On that last Day the bodies of all the dead will be raised and God will grant to all believers in Christ eternal life and all unbelievers will suffer in eternal punishment in hell.

· Would you like to know more about the God who created you and loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you?

· Would you like to have the peace of heart and mind of knowing that you are right with God?

· Would you like to spend eternity in heaven?

We would love the opportunity to tell you more about the God who loves you and all people! Drop by any time, call or e-mail one of our pastors and they will help you discover the answers you are looking for! Or come visit at worship, Bible Class, or Sunday School. You are always welcome!


Senior Pastor

Rev. Matthew P. Jacobs

Pastor Matthew Peter Jacobs was born on March 4, 1957 to Richard and Gwenda Jacobs of Hamlin, New York. Pastor Jacobs is the oldest of five children in the Jacobs family. Pastor Jacobs was baptized into the Christian Faith on March 17, 1957 at St. John Lutheran Church of Hamlin, New York. Pastor Jacobs was confirmed in the Christian Faith on May 30, 1971 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hilton, New York. Pastor Jacobs also benefited from a Christian education and is an Eighth Grade graduate of St. Paul Lutheran Day School in Hilton, New York.

Following graduation from Hilton High School in June 1975, Pastor Jacobs came to Texas and Earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin in 1979. It was in Seguin that he met Melissa Griffin. They were married September 17, 1980. Pastor and Melissa have been blessed by the Lord with the gift of four children and seven grandchildren.

Following graduation from college, Pastor Jacobs worked in the environmental field of water and waste treatment. In the fall of 1985 the Jacobs family moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana where Pastor Jacobs began his studies for the Holy Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor Jacobs served his vicarage year and the year following at a vacant parish, Bethany Lutheran Church of Connersville, Indiana. Pastor Jacobs received a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in May of 1989.

Pastor Jacobs has served as a Pastor at Grace Lutheran in Brenham since August 1993. He began his ministry at Grace as the Associate Pastor. He accepted the Call to serve as Grace's Senior Pastor in September 1996. He recently finished a twelve year term as the Circuit Visitor for Circuit #32 of the Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Prior to serving at Grace Pastor Jacobs also served parishes in Eden and West Sinton, Texas. He has also been privileged to serve as a Vacancy Pastor at Brady, Menard, Alice, William Penn, Texas. He continues to serve as Vacancy Pastor for Immanuel Luthrean Church in Lyons, Texas and has been conducting worship services there each Sunday afternoon for over 12 years.

In 2013 it pleased almighty God to call Melissa out of this vale of tears to Himself in heaven following a six year long battle with cancer and the side effects of treating that disease. Although saddened by the separation, Pastor Jacobs and family rejoice at the victory Melissa has in Christ Jesus, a victory promised to all who believe in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

On September 7, 2014 Pastor Jacobs married the lovely Patricia Allen. God is gracious in providing another helpmeet for Pastor Jacobs. Patricia was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lyons, Texas and a friend to Pastor and his family for nearly nine years. Pastor and Pat are thankful to God for His continued blessings and look forward to serving Him and His church as long as God desires.

Associate Pastor

Rev. William H. Holzer

Pastor William Howard Holzer was born September 23, 1956 in Decatur, Illinois to Howard J. and (Constance) Joanne (Dunkel) Holzer and was baptized December 2, 1956 in Pilgrim Lutheran Church of Decatur. He was confirmed on May 17, 1970 at Pilgrim. His confirmation verse is John 3:16. He attended J.J. Pershing Elementary School and Mound Middle School. Pastor Holzer graduated from MacArthur High School on June 4, 1974. While in high school he worked as a newspaper boy, at a movie theater, at a Dairy Queen and as a busboy and food carrier at the Brown Jug Restaurant in Decatur.

Pastor Holzer attended Army Basic ROTC summer camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in the summer of 1974. In the fall he enrolled at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute on May 15, 1976 with an Associate of Arts degree. He attended the Army Advanced ROTC summer camp at Ft. Riley, Kansas in the summer of 1976 where he completed his Army ROTC training. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University on May 13, 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity and served as president. During his college years Pastor Holzer worked as a construction laborer and helped build the Herald and Review Newspaper building, parts of Interstate 72 around Decatur, Stephen Decatur High School, the library at Millikin University, an addition to Decatur Memorial Hospital (where he was born), and the sewer treatment plant in Forsyth, Illinois along with several other projects.

Pastor Holzer was commissioned in the United States Army as an Armor second Lieutenant on May 26, 1978 at the University of Illinois. He entered active duty in March 1979 at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and completed the Armor Officer Basic Course in June. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) located in Frieberg, FRG and served as a tank platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion motor officer returning to the USA in December 1982. He completed the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Knox in July of 1983. He was assigned to the Material Management Center, Headquarters, Division Support Command of the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) at Ft. Hood, Texas in September 1983 as the Force Modernization Officer. He commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 3rd Battalion, 66 Armored Regiment from August 1984 until July of 1985. He served in the active reserve from 1985 to 1987 in the 520th Maintenance Battalion at St. Louis, Missouri. In the summer of 1987 he completed the resident course of the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1990 he was promoted to major and completed correspondence course of the Command and General Staff Officers College. He remained in the inactive reserve until his retirement in October of 1998.

Pastor Holzer began his theological education at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in September 1985. He served his vicarage at Trinity Lutheran Church, Denver, CO from 1987-8. He graduated from Concordia Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1990. He was ordained at King of Kings Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas on January 7, 1990 and installed as Assistant Pastor. He served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Mart, Texas from 1991 until 1997. In April of 1997 he was installed as Associate Pastor of Grace, Brenham. He has continued his theological education through numerous extension courses offered by Concordia Theological Seminary.

Pastor Holzer married Tina Marie Dunn on February 1, 1991 in San Antonio. Tina came equipped with two sons: George John Daniel (Danny) Baugh and Robert Michael Baugh. They have been blessed with four additional children Howard William, Emily Marie, Karl William, and Mary Katherine. Tina completed work on her Masters Degree at Texas A and M and works in the Financial Aid Office of Blinn College here in Brenham.

Pastor Holzer has struggled with numerous health challenges over a number of years which have resulted limiting his ministerial duties. He serves primarily as a Visitation Pastor and helping with the liturgy in worship services.

Associate Pastor

Rev. Ryan J. Ogrodowicz

Pastor Ogrodowicz graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2003 with a music performance degree in percussion. Following a brief stint in the music business, he matriculated in Concordia Theological Seminary in the summer of 2007. His first Divine Call after seminary was to Victory in Christ Lutheran Church of Newark, Texas, where he served as sole pastor from August 2011 to December 2017. He was installed as Associate Pastor and Headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church on January 7th, 2018.

Pastor Ogrodowicz is married to his beloved wife Audra, and is the proud father of five great kids, Elias, Elise, Everrett, Everly and Eleanor. Along with being a pastor, husband and father, his hobbies include woodworking, camping and outdoor cooking. He’s grateful to serve in the Office of the Holy Ministry and counts it a privilege to teach and administer to God’s people the gifts of Word and Sacrament.

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