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

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

HILLARY BASDEN – MISSIONS

FRANKIE BOX – ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

MARTHA D’AMICO – CLERK OF SESSION, CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

GREG FERGUSON – ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

CHRIS HUGHES – MISSIONS

FRANK JARMAN –  CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

JUDY SHANNON – ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

BETSY WARD – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

JON WARWICK- MISSIONS

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

Jon Anderson

Scott Basden

Trish Box

Jason Cole

Robert Hugh Dozier

Angela Ferguson

Debbie Jones

Kathy Warwick

Brucie Williford