Leadership

Staff

Rev. Tommy Robinson - Pastor

Tommy returned to Grace Chapel in July 2019.  He served previously as the youth director at Grace Chapel from 2006 to 2012.  He is a graduate of Mississippi State University (2005), and earned his M. Div from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2010.  After leaving Grace Chapel in 2012, Tommy went on to pastor churches in Houma, LA and Daphne, AL before accepting the call to return here in April of 2019.  Tommy and his wife Amy have been married since 2005 and have three children:  Ashby (2009), Thomas, (2010), and Robert (2013).  

Lori Fitts - Office Administrator

Lori joined Grace Chapel’s staff as Administrative Assistant in June 2002.  She was born in Missouri, and moved to Mississippi during high school.  Lori and her husband, Jimmy, have two grown children.

Kristen Shumaker - Children's Ministry Director

My name is Kristen Shumaker. A little bit about me, I am from Columbus, MS and have been married to my husband, Garret for 13 years. We have 4 children together: Layton (10), Charlee (7), Ben (5), and Ollie (19 months). I have a masters in Elementary Education and taught 1st grade for 10 years. We moved to California five years ago so my husband could pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. During our time away, God strengthened my faith by placing us in an amazing church community. I want to be able to share that same love and compassion Go has demonstrated to my family with others. Working with children is a passion of mine and being able to share my love for the Lord with them is an honor.

Martha Murray-Raymond - Worship Director/Organist

Martha graduated as salutatorian from Union High School in three years. She attended Belhaven College and graduated as salutatorian, receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree, cum laude. During 52 years of teaching choral music at Chastain Junior High School, Jackson Preparatory School, and Madison Central High School, Martha earned two Masters Degrees from Mississippi College: Choral Conducting; and Music Education with an emphasis in organ performance. Her choirs consistently earned superior ratings in competitions. As a member of the MS Chapter of Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, Martha has received the highest awards given from both professional associations as “Outstanding Music Educator” and the “Ernestine Ferrell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music.” She organized the first State Jr. High Choral Division and accompanied honor choirs at many ACDA Conventions.

In early childhood, Martha played the piano in Sunday school and has continued in music ministry as accompanist, organist, or choir director/organist. At Grace Chapel Martha was choir director/accompanist for the first service held in September 1995, and returned full-time beginning in January 1996. Martha says, “Serving at Grace Chapel Madison is a joy and blessing.”

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.

Ruling Elders

JON ANDERSON – ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

MARTHA D’AMICO – CLERK OF SESSION, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

EDIE EVANS – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

FRANK JARMAN –  OUTREACH

ALEX ROSS – BUILDING & GROUNDS

MIKE TURELLO – WORSHIP

BETSY WARD – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

JON WARWICK- MISSIONS

ALICE WATKINS – HOSPITALITY

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:

 

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

Deacons

Jason Cole

Allen Carlisle

George Donald

Robert Hugh Dozier

Debbie Jones

Marybeth Ross

Garrett Shumaker

Beth Turello

Newell Watkins