Leadership

Meet Lead Pastor Dr. Jason Kennedy and the ALC Staff.

Meet Our Leadership

Dr. Jason Kennedy, Lead Pastor

Jason, ALC's Lead Pastor since 2015, is a pastor, theologian and writer. He has a wife and two girls, and he has dedicated his life to studying the scriptures and teaching others to know God through his Word. With multiple degrees and ordained by the Assemblies of God, Jason believes that Christ is the hope of the world, and his primary focus is preaching this Gospel message. 


Learn more about Pastor Jason in this episode of our ALC Equip podcast in which he reveals some of his "favorites."

Angela Bell, Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Angela has attended ALC since 2006 and started working in her current role in 2015. She previously worked for 18 years as an administrative assistant in Christian schools. Angela is active in various ministries at ALC, including women’s ministries, Junior Bible Quiz, the Mission Café and hosting a Connect Group. Angela enjoys crafts, reading, shopping and watching her Texas Rangers. She and Dan have been married for 28 years. They have two grown children, Nick and Victoria, and a grandson, Grayson, who loves his Sunday morning “doughnut dates” with Granna.

John Cruz, Senior Associate Pastor

John, who is originally from the Philippines, moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1974. He joined the ALC staff in 2008 after serving in children's, youth and adult ministries for more than 16 years. He and his wife, Christi, are committed to seeing the eternal destinies of the current and future generations changed for God’s kingdom. John enjoys spending time outdoors, laughing, reading and doing carpentry. He and Christi, his high school sweetheart, have four children: Caitlin, Joshua, Ciara and Joseph. Their first grandchild is due in December. 

Andy Foxall, Worship and Youth Pastor

Andy and his wife, Brinly, joined the ALC team in 2016. He began ministry in Dallas while attending Christ for the Nations Institute and then Dallas Baptist University. He has earned degrees in biblical studies and business. Andy has worked in worship and student ministry for more than 13 years. He is committed to seeing students come to salvation, discover their personal calling and grow deeper in their relationships with Christ. Andy and Brinly married in 2008 and have an amazing boy, Noey, and a beautiful girl, Gracie.

Brinly Foxall, Youth and Connections Pastor

Brinly is Co-Youth Pastor along with her husband, Andy, and also serves as Connections Pastor. Brinly has worked in student ministries for 11 years. She has a degree in practical theology with an emphasis in student ministry from Christ for the Nations Institute and a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Dallas Baptist University. She is passionate about student ministry and helping youth develop in their calling. Brinly loves being entertained by her son, Noey, and daughter, Gracie. As a native Louisianan, she enjoys cheering for her beloved LSU Tigers.

Regan Merrill, Elementary Director

Regan, from Georgia, joined the ALC staff in August 2017. Regan’s main priority is to develop leaders and cultivate relationships in ALC Kids, and she loves to share her passion for missions. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in church leadership and a master’s in organizational leadership at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. You’ll often find Regan holding a drink from Starbucks or Sonic.

Jacob Reents, Media Director/Intern

Jacob is pursuing a master’s degree in Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary. Originally from Litchfield, Ill., Jacob has a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Huntington University. He enjoys anything sports related as well as the outdoors, reading, and watching and talking about movies and TV shows. He also serves in youth ministries at ALC, and his wife, Shana, works in our children’s ministries. 

Tanya Ryan, Director of Stars Academy

Tanya has been on staff since 2007, leading Grapevine’s premier preschool. She has almost 23 years of experience in Christian early education. Tanya and her husband, Kirk, have been married for nearly 25 years and have been members of ALC since 1998. They have three children: Jordan, Madison and Jaxon. Tanya enjoys art projects, hanging out with family and watching her favorite basketball player (Jaxon).

Caitlin Smith, Preschool Director

Caitlin, a member of ALC since 2008, began working in Stars Academy in 2010 and has served as Preschool Director since September 2017. She enjoys the outdoors, especially walking, hiking and camping. She also spends time crafting and volunteering in area organizations. Caitlin and Clayton, who married in 2015, are expecting their first child, a girl, in December.

David Thomas, Pastor of Discipleship & Communication

David joined the staff in March 2018. He and his family had previously attended ALC for more than 20 years. David is the author/co-writer of more than a dozen books, including two New York Times best-sellers. He also spent more than two decades in sports journalism with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News. He holds a journalism degree from UT Arlington. He and Sally have two sports-playing children: Ashlin and Tyson.