The staff and leadership at GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH are comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for our members.  If you have any questions for our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.  You can contact the church office at gbctahlequah@gmail.com or

  • RYAN GALDAMEZ - ELDER - lead pastor

    Probably the most important thing that someone could know about me is that I am a great sinner saved by the amazing grace of God through the death, burial, and resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ. These are not merely words to me but are the very essence of who I am and what my life is now all about. Beyond that, I am the husband of my beautiful wife, Shelly, and I am a father of seven children. I serve Grace Baptist Church as the Lead Pastor. Grace has been my church home since 1998, and I have been blessed to serve as a pastor here since 2003.  GBC truly is my family and this family would love to reach and equip more and more people with the eternal truths of the one true and living God.  


    "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." 

    ~Galatians 2:20

  • gabriel garcia - pastor hispano

    I was born in Mexico City, the youngest of 11 children. I was blessed with a godly mother, who helped me understand my condition as a sinner. At the age of 7, I trusted in Christ as my Savior. I studied Computer Programming, then Bible & Theology through the Biblical Training Center for Pastors in Querétaro. While I was studying there and working as a bank teller, I started praying that God would show me how He wanted me to serve Him. That was when God called me to serve Him full-time. I met my wife Janine in 2004 because she came to serve as a missionary at the same church that I was serving at. We got married three years later, and God has blessed us with three boys: Isaac, Andrés, and Benjamin. 


    I am humbled and excited to be serving as the Pastor of Iglesia Bautista Grace, reaching out with Grace Baptist Church to Spanish-speakers here in Tahlequah with the love and grace God extends to all of us through Jesus Christ. We meet on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and we also have a Bible Study on the basics of the faith on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.



    Nací en la Ciudad de México y soy el menor de 11 hermanos. El Señor me bendijo con una madre piadosa, que me ayudó a entender mi condición como pecador. A la edad de 7 anos confié en Cristo como mi Salvador. Estudié una carrera técnica de Programador Analista y después Biblia y Teología a través del Centro de Capacitación Bíblica para Pastores en Queretaro. Mientras estudiaba allí y trabajaba en un banco, oraba que el Señor me mostrara cómo quería que le sirviera. Fue entonces cuando sentí el llamado de Dios para servirle de tiempo completo. Conocí a mi esposa Janine en 2004 cuando ella llegó para servir como misionera a la misma iglesia en la que yo servía. Nos casamos 3 años después y Dios nos ha bendecido con tres niños: Isaac, Andrés y Benjamín.


    Ahora tengo el privilegio de servir como Pastor Hispano de la Iglesia Bautista Grace, emocionado de alcanzar a los hispano-hablantes en Tahlequah junto con Grace Baptist Church, con el amor y gracia que Dios nos extiende a todos a través de Jesucristo. Nos reunimos los Domingos a las 10:30 A.M., y tenemos un Estudio Bíblico sobre las bases de la fe, los Miércoles a las 6:30 P.M.

  • Don rutledge - elder

    Hi, my name is Don Rutledge and I have the high honor of serving as elder at Grace Baptist Church of Tahlequah,


    I grew up in Washington State attending Multnomah School of the Bible (now Multnomah University), graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and Dallas Theological Seminary. My wife, Pat, and I served as missionaries with Camino Global (formerly CAM International) for 32 years in Guatemala and Dallas, Texas. I was also in pastoral ministry for 15 years. We have a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


    Most importantly, I am a grateful sinner saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • kerry hokit - elder

    Hello, my name is Kerry Hokit. I have the privilege of teaching an adult Sunday school class and serving as one of the church’s elders. Married to Brenda, we have two daughters Wendy and Ruth and three grandchildren Luke, Colby and Annsley. 


    Thanks for visiting our website. I pray you will receive enough information to want to join us in worship. 


    "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!"  ~Psalm 118:1

  • bill cross - elder

    My wife, Teresa, and I came to Tahlequah sixteen years ago and began attending Grace Baptist Church soon after we arrived. We came to Grace because of the expositional teaching and the style of worship we found here. It has been my privilege to be part of the Elder board during most of the years we have been here. Teresa passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.


    Jesus tells us in Mathew, Chapter 11 vs:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". Grace is a wonderful church to discover the rest Jesus was referring to in this verse.

  • kyle murray - ELDER - college & community groups / Associate  PASTOR

    I am originally from Tulsa, but have called Tahlequah my home since 2003 when I came to play football for NSU. While I "grew up in the church" and claimed to know Jesus throughout my childhood, I was not truly born again (see John 3:1-21) until my junior year of high school. It is my great desire to help people see all of life through the lens of Jesus Christ - to love Him, to live intentionally with the goal of worshiping Him in all they do, and to advance His kingdom wherever God has called them. 


    God has blessed me with my amazing wife, Keisha, and our three wonderful and energetic children: Emersyn, Keegan, and Blakeley. 


    For more information on our College or Community Groups ministries, see those pages under the "Connect" tab. 


    "Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." ~ Hebrews 10:23

  • deacon ministry

    Please contact the church office @ 918-456-4320 if you need to get in contact with one of the deacons.


    Clint Horn  |  Leland Kindle  |  Kenneth Lamons

    Jason Mitchell  |  Mike Richardson


     "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace…whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." 

    ~1 Peter 4:10-11