Dr. Gerald Brooks
Gerald Brooks is the founding pastor of Grace Outreach Center, an interdenominational church in Plano, Texas. The church began in 1982 and has grown to a weekend attendance of over 5,ooo. Grace Outreach Center has creatively targeted youth and children as the focus of its ministry. The congregation, although located in a community that according to the 2000 census is 78% white and only 5% African American, is a diverse body of believers, with 45% of the attenders representing other ethnicities and cultures. Over 35 nationalities are represented at Grace Outreach, with the majority of these representing African nations.
Pastor Brooks is well-known for his passionate heart to help other pastors, and he mentors and teaches ministers across the country through church growth seminars including John Maxwell’s Breaking the 500, and Breaking the 1000 Barrier conferences. Pastor Brooks hosts the annual North Texas Leadership Conference in Plano, which draws ministers from all over the country. He travels across the nation teaching roundtables and also offers monthly leadership tapes. He is a contributor to the New Spirit Filled Life Bible and the author of 8 books: What I Learned While Destroying a Church; Jesus on Leadership; Paul on Leadership; The Old Testament on Leadership; Building Blocks of Leadership; The Emotions of a Leader; Ladder Focus (co-authored with Samuel R. Chand); and most recently, Leadership According to 1 Cor. 13. For leadership resources by Gerald Brooks visit Growing Others at www.growingothers.com
Pastor Brooks received an honorary doctorate degree in 2003 from Beulah Heights University in Georgia for his distinguished service to the body of Christ, and in recognition of his ministry to pastors and Christian leaders across the country. In 2010 Pastor Brooks was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. An Equip Board Member, Pastor Brooks is partnering with John Maxwell to help raise up international Christian leaders to fulfill the Great Commission in every nation. He has also been inducted in to the Inaugural class of the John Maxwell Hall of Fame for Grace Outreach Center's contributions to Equip. Furthermore, Gerald Brooks' service to his community has always been an important value and Pastor Brooks has served on municipal boards.
Born in New Mexico and raised in a military family, Pastor Brooks lived in several states, including a few years in Germany. Living on military bases, he formed friendships with kids of different color, and saw that families of every color were sacrificing for our country. He saw the flag-draped caskets bearing heroes of every color of skin, and learned to respect and honor each one the same. And so it was natural for him when he became a pastor, to strategically build a church representing every race. He often shares of his pleasure in seeing a congregation that is representative of the colors in heaven.
Pastor Brooks and his wife, Geni, have been married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three children: Wendi, Kayci, and Cody.