officers of the church

While God calls certain individuals to enter into vocational ministry, He also calls others into lay ministry.  In our tradition, we believe that God has established three offices within Christ's Church:  Teaching Elder, Ruling Elder, and Deacon.  Those who hold such offices should both feel God's calling to serve in such offices, as well as satisfy all Scriptural qualifications for such offices.

ruling elders

Grace Chapel Presbyterian is governed by a group of elected officials from the congregation known as Ruling Elders.  The Ruling Elders, along with the pastor (or Teaching Elder) compose the Session.  The Session is charged with the task of caring for the spiritual health and well-being of the congregation. In addition to caring for the faiths of those within the congregation, the Session is also asked to be the governing body of the congregation, handling matters of shepherding and discipline.

  • Dwayne Self - MIssions & outreach

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  • tommy thompson - christian education

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  • revel rawlings - administration & finance

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  • stephen griner - administration & finance

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  • robert Gray - clerk of session, worship

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  • alice watkins - administration & finance, Christian education

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deacons

The office of Deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, concern for needs, and of serving others. Therefore, the first duty of the Deacon is sympathy and service. Historically, to this office has been given the duty of being the Church’s instrument for the ministry of compassion. The Deacons of Grace Chapel Presbyterian are charged with the following responsibilities: 

A. To oversee the ministry of compassion of the congregation to the sick, friendless, bereaved, and those in any way distressed.

B. To oversee those who serve as ushers, those receiving the offerings of the people, and those preparing the facilities for the use by the people.

C. To oversee the duties of stewardship development, property maintenance, and the disbursement of funds according to an approved budget.

According to Scripture, those who bear the office of Deacon should be mature believers, led by the Holy Spirit, who exhibit a manner of life that conforms to the biblical description of an officer in Christ’s Church


  • Scott basden - mercy ministry, worship

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  • mary clark - mercy ministry, worship

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  • jeff norris - building & grounds

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  • mitch self - building & grounds

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  • jon warwick - Chairman, building & grounds

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  • newell watkins - clerk, mercy ministry, worship

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  • kirby white - building & grounds

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Grace Chapel EPC

307 New Mannsdale Road

Madison, MS 39110

601.856.7223