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 5,000. 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 Center, with the majority of these representing African nations.
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 CDs. He is
a contributor to the New Spirit Filled Life Bible and the author of many books
on leadership and spiritual principles, including Understanding Your Pain
Threshold, What I Learned While Destroying a Church, and The Building Blocks of
Leadership, among many others.
Pastor Brooks has received two honorary doctorate degrees. He received his first honorary doctorate 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. He received his second honorary doctorate in 2015 from Ohio Christian University in recognition of his outstanding leadership to pastors all over this nation. Pastor Brooks was also inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. An Equip Board Member, Pastor Brooks partners with John Maxwell to help raise up international Christian leaders to fulfill the Great Commission in every nation. Service to his community has always been an important value; 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 all different colors, 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. Therefore it was natural for him, when he became a pastor, to strategically build a church that represents 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 40 years and are the proud parents of three children: Wendi, Kayci, and Cody