Pastors, Ruling Elders, & Deacons

Robie Hembree


Robie received a B.A. degree in Pastoral Studies from Northland International University (’93) and completed a M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta.  He has been the pastor at Grace Church for over 20 years and is a teaching elder in the Northwest Georgia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Robie is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC) and has been active in personal, marriage, and family counseling for over 20 years.  His pastoral and practical insight demonstrates the sufficiency of God’s Word for life and godliness through knowing Christ and helping God’s people live in the freedom and power of the gospel of grace.

Ruling Elders

Warren Kinney

Ruling Elder

I became a follower of Jesus the Christ in the fall of 1972 and am now being
transformed by the Holy Spirit. I have been serving His Church at Grace since 2013.

Stephen Murphy

Ruling Elder

Stephen was born again through the ministry of Campus Outreach at Georgia Southern University in 1993.  In 1998, he left his career working in the Atlanta home building industry to attend Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity.  After serving in an internship with the OPC in Roseburg, Oregon, Stephen and his wife, Jennifer,  returned to the Atlanta area and back to working in the building industry.   He was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2006 in Douglasville, Georgia, and moved to Canton in 2018.  He has served as a ruling elder for the last three years.

Dan Boulton

Ruling Elder

Dan Boulton was raised in a Christian home and was born again by the work of God as a university student.  He is a graduate of Miami University and Grace Theological Seminary.  Dan served as a pastor for 12 years at two churches.  For 33 years he ministered as a Christian Education Consultant with David C. Cook Publishing and Great Commission Publications.  
Dan was also an elder at several other churches while he was a Christian Education Consultant.  On numerous occasions, he has helped train pastors in Ukraine, Romania, Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Liberia.  Dan is now retired from full-time ministry.
He is married and has two children as well as six grandchildren.

Troy Snyder

Ruling Elder

I have been a Christian since 18 years of age; my good friend from the neighborhood invited me to church over and over, and one Sunday night, I went, and God saved me. Walking with God is a journey, and I continue daily by His Grace. After salvation, I sensed the call to the helping ministry and ultimately became a Christian counselor and a serving saint in the church. 
I obtained my BS in psychology from Liberty, my MS in Counseling from Georgia State University, and a Diploma in Christian Counseling from the Psychological Studies Institute. I have served in the church as a Sunday school teacher for youth and adults and helped with children's ministries, youth leadership, pulpit committees, youth retreats, and as a Ruling Elder. I have also dabbled in assisting the church in advancing the use of technology.
I have been a Christian counselor for 24 years and have seen people grow in their faith and heal from many ailments. I currently serve at Restoration Counseling of Atlanta as a counselor and Assistant Clinical director. On the side, I also teach at several Christian universities in their undergraduate programs as adjunct faculty in the psychology and counseling departments. 
Better than all my work is my family. I have a wonderful bride, Beth, of 25+ years and 3 faithful children, Calvin (22), Zachary (20), and Emily (13). I attempt to love, lead, and serve them daily, by God's grace, because if left to me, I would fail. 
My hobbies include home improvement, spending time with friends, watching my Mets, and anything with my family.

Verse: Luke 1:37
Color: Green
Sports Team: New York Mets, Let's Go Mets!
Book of the Bible: James

Mike Hopkins

Ruling Elder

Mike was raised in a military family. He came to faith in Christ as a boy through the ministry of a Southern Baptist missionary in Toul, France.  Mike attended Southeastern Bible College and Dallas Bible College, completing two and a half years of studying Theology. He was licensed to preach in 1976 in a Southern Baptist church. Mike married Faith in 1978, and they have two daughters and two grandsons. He is a graduate of Texas A&M, with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Mike is now retired from a career in management, quality control, and consulting.  Mike has served the church faithfully as a bi-vocational pastor, and by preaching, teaching Sunday School, and leading small groups. He currently serves Grace Church by teaching Sunday School and leading the Sunday services at Wickshire Assisted Living.

Brady Payne

Ruling Elder

Brady was born in Northern California and was brought up in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). He moved to Southern California in 1994 where he attended school for video and film production. In 2003, Brady met his future wife and shortly after their wedding, he was converted to Christ.
In 2008, through much prayer, Brady moved his family to Georgia and joined Grace Presbyterian Church, Douglasville. He and his family served in Grace's ministry for 12 years. In 2020, the Paynes moved to Woodstock, GA and joined Grace Church, Canton.
For the past 16 years, Brady has worked as a video editor and motion graphics designer for a local Christian television ministry which spreads the gospel to over 200 countries worldwide.
Brady enjoys studying theology, history, philosophy, the visual arts, and teaching others.


Kyle Mbiad

Deacon at Grace Church, Canton.

Ryan Waddell


Ryan Waddell was born and raised in Cherokee County. Wendy and I have been married 28 years. We have four adult children. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”

Lutfi Siyam


Lutfi came to faith when he was a teenager in a Presbyterian Church in his native Puerto Rico.  He has served in the church in different capacities since that time.  Lutfi married Liliana in 1998, and they have been blessed with six children (Sarah, Sofia, Joel, David, Lily, and Anna).  Lutfi has a degree in Industrial Engineering and currently works as a Project Manager for General Electric’s Stream Power Generation Division.  Lutfi has served the church in various capacities since his conversion. Prior to joining Grace Church, Lutfi and his family were members at a Hispanic Church in Snellville, Georgia, and most recently they attended a House Church in the Lawrenceville-Lilburn area.

Justin Edwards


Justin comes from a nominal Christian background but believes the Lord graciously and soundly saved him after wroughting godly sorrow leading to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus in 2009. He has a BS degree in biochemistry from NC State University and attended The Master’s Seminary for a couple semesters. As a senior consultant, Justin has been supporting the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch program for the last six years.
Shortly following conversion, he discovered and quickly embraced the doctrines of grace, which led to a zeal for evangelism and apologetics. Justin has had opportunities to serve in different ministry capacities over the years, including street evangelism and open-air preaching, teaching, frontline abortion ministry, and church safety and security. He loves writing and thinking through worldview issues, as well as theology and growing in the knowledge of God’s love and grace, serving God’s people in the local church, and reaching our community for the furtherance of Christ’s kingdom.
Justin and his wife, Jennifer, along with their children Novella, Jonah, and Canaan, praise God for bringing them into the Grace Church family.