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 are men who are and have been in training for a minimum of 24 months or longer and serve the needs of overseeing the church faithfully.

Pastor James H. Tippins, Teaching Pastor/Elder

James has a Bachelor 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, a Ph.D. in Applied Theology, and is a DMin Candidate in Exposition. 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 and ONE grandson.

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 whose 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. Grace School of Theology and Pastor’s Seminary is actively involved in training men for the ministry and providing theological teaching for the church.


Jesse Bates, GraceTruth Church, Claxton, GA Evans
David Barnes, GraceTruth Church, Statesboro, GA Bulloch
James Tippins, GraceTruth Church, Claxton, GA Evans

Trey Mason, (Pastoral – Research Assistant)