In the early stages, GTC had a cooperative group of Elders that consisted of pastors from across the United States who personally know, have mentored and worked closely with Pastor Tippins. This fellowship of Pastors worked closely together as needed through the birth of this church until local men within the congregation were equipped and trained to serve as Elders. The current Elders men who are and have been in training for at minimum of 24 months or longer and serve the needs of overseeing the church faithfully.
Pastor James H. Tippins, Sr. Pastor/Teaching Elder/Vision
Prior to God’s call to pastoral ministry, he and his wife Robyn owned a Marketing and Business Development firm in Savannah, GA. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biblical Studies, Master of Theology (Th.M.), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.ThS.), a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Theological Studies and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology. His post graduate investment centers on the Immutability of God as a core attribute for Theological and Biblical interpretation and application. Further studies in preparation for a Doctor of Theology in Historical Theology emphasize the importance of right doctrine as seen throughout church history as evidence of the boundaries of biblical interpretation. He is thankful for God’s Grace found in his wife and best friend Robyn who shares with James as the parents of FIVE wonderfully amazing children. He is thankful for God’s Grace found in his wife and best friend Robyn who shares with James as the parents of five wonderfully amazing children.
His theology centers around the biblical truths reclaimed during the Protestant Reformation and holds to the foundations of God’s sovereignty in all things, especially salvation. Pastor Tippins serves across the US working with young pastors and church planting strategists to equip men for the ministry who are actively preparing for church planting in Georgia, Virginia, Texas and California. He also serves as the Dean of Grace School of Theology and Pastor’s Seminary that began Spring of 2015.
James has served on church staff as a worship pastor, children’s pastor, youth pastor, executive pastor and sr. pastor for nearly 20 years. His ministry began in South Georgia in Evans and Chatham Counties then moving to Brunswick GA. Afterward in 2002, he moved to Virginia to be a part of a church plant as a part of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and then to the East Bay/Oakland, San Francisco California where he was Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church Newark California for over four years. His pastoral experience has always been in Southern Baptist Churches and GTC is a affiliated church of the SBC Association of Churches with the Daniell Baptist Association and the Georgia Baptist Convention of Churches.
His heart is to encourage and warn all who will hear of the extreme joy that comes through Christ alone and that Jesus is the only means by which a man can find the treasure of the universe who’s name is Jesus Christ and prays that through the planting of new churches many will come to faith and grow deeply in love with Christ. Plans are under way for a School of Theology to be a training ground for Christians and pastors.
David Barnes, GraceTruth Church, Bulloch County, GA
James Tippins, GraceTruth Church, Evans County, GA
Jesse Bates, GraceTruth Church, Statesboro, GA
Rev. Luke Adams, GraceTruth Church, Tatnall County, GA
Dave Hanson, Chaplain, GraceTruth Church, Ware County, GA (Inactive – Missionary Status)
Affiliations & Endorsements:
- 9 Marks Ministries
- Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Member
- Together For the Gospel (T4G) Active Supporter & Participant
- Founders Ministries Member
- The Gospel Coalition Active Supporter & Participant
- International & North American Mission Boards of the SBC
- Together East Bay (Fellowship of Churches)
- Anchoring Faith Alliance Founder
- Southern Baptist Convnention
- Member of Georgia Baptist Association of Churches (Daniell Baptist Association)