Keith Hassell has served as pastor of Grace Fellowship since February 21, 1987. Born in Texas, he was saved in the fall of 1968 as a nine year old boy in a Baptist church while living in Saraland, Alabama. In 1979, while pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, he received the call to ministry and received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. In 1982 he graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a B.A. in New Testament. During times of prayer in early 1984 the Lord began to put a burden on his heart for East Texas. He was burdened with the cries of people and even ministers in East Texas saying, "God I am so dry! There has to be more!" In response to these cries he sensed the Lord say that He was going to bring revival to East Texas. Eventually that burden resulted in a call to leave Tulsa and move to the Rusk area, the place of his family roots. He served originally as an Associate pastor of Grace Fellowship working with youth and small groups when the church began. Along with his wife Sheila, they seek to give guidance and direction the church needs to fulfill God's purpose and the vision for revival in East Texas and beyond. They believe God has placed them in this area for such a time as this.