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Brandon Cox has been a Lead Pastor for fourteen years at churches in Kentucky and Arkansas. Most recently, Brandon served as a Pastor at Saddleback Church. He continues to work for Saddleback as Editor of Rick Warren’s online resource for leaders, Pastors.com. He’s madly in love with his wife, Angie, and his two kids, Ella (age 9) and Sam ( age 1). And in his spare time, he reads and designs things.
Angie Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently stays at home, helps lead Grace Hills, cares for her kids, and has a deep love for people who are far from God. She’s a gifted connector and communicator who has spoken to various women’s and Pastor’s wives’ groups. She writes (at least occasionally) at Wife In Ministry.
Brandon and Angie are passionate about Jesus and seeing lives changed by the power of God’s Word, the Bible. They had talked about the idea of planting a church for a decade before God placed them in southern California, which proved to be an atmosphere in which God would teach them to trust Him to a new level. The relocated back to northwest Arkansas in the summer of 2011 to pursue the dream of planting Grace Hills Church, where they believe many people will experience the life-changing love and grace of Jesus.
I was born in a small farming community called Browning, just outside of Rockfield, Kentucky. My family attended Clear Fork Baptist Church and when I was very young, an evangelist named James Shutt preached a series of messages through which I remember coming to a clear understanding that I was lost and separated from God by my sin, but that Jesus Christ had given His life on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. I trusted Him as my Savior and was baptized a week later.
When I was twelve, things fell apart for a while in my home church and my family drifted from our faith community. I wandered spiritually through my teen years until I met my wife, Angie, during my senior year in high school. I began attending Scottsville Road Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky and almost immediately God began calling me to give my life to being a Pastor.
I’ve been a Pastor now for fourteen years, but will always remember the amazing difference between the me who lived life on my own and the me who now lives with a passion for God’s purposes. For several years, I walked around empty and searching. Since giving my whole heart to Jesus, I walk in the confidence that Jesus has loved me all along, and that He will never stop doing so.
I’m also convinced with everything in me that He loves you just as deeply.
Vision for Grace Hills Church
I dream of Grace Hills being a home for spiritually homeless people – a place where people can begin and build a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and with fellow believers, where people do life together in genuine community, and where people grow spiritually in an atmosphere where the grace of God is highly celebrated.
I dream of a church where real problems are solved and real needs are met as people are drawn closer to God, where people recover from hurts, habits, and hang-ups that prevent them from enjoying meaningful relationships with God and each other. I dream of a church where God’s Word is honored as our highest authority on earth and as the source of real and abundant life.
I dream of a church that matters to its community, that makes a visible, noticeable, and tangible difference on behalf of Christ in the real problems that exist. I dream of a church that celebrates changed lives, that cultivates an atmosphere of freedom to grow and serve, and that empowers people with the confidence to do so.