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 at minimum of 24 months or longer and serve the needs of overseeing the church faithfully.

Pastor James H. Tippins, Teaching Pastor/Elder

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.

His theology centers around the biblical truths reclaimed during the Protestant Reformation and hold 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 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 with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and then to the East Bay/Oakland, San Francisco where he served as Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church Newark California.

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, (Elder Candidate/Pastoral – Research Assistant)