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.

Jody Stancil

Associate Pastor & Church Planter 

Originally from Holly Springs, Georgia, Jody is a graduate of the University of Georgia (2002 – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science) and Reformed Theological Seminary (2006 – Master of Divinity) in Orlando, Florida. Ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Northwest Georgia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Jody served as the Associate Pastor of Grace Church for 6 years and as a church planting apprentice with Christ Community Church in Acworth, Georgia, prior to moving to Cartersville. Jody is married to his wife, Julie, and they have three children. The Stancils moved to Cartersville in the summer of 2013 to begin networking and gathering a core group that has become the foundation for Riverside Community Church, which launched in the Fall of 2014.
You can find more information about the Cartersville project here: http://www.gracecanton.org/cartersville.

The Stancils love the Gospel of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and are excited to share the Good News with others.

Ruling Elders

Kirk Swanson

ruling Elder

Kirk graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1974 with a B.S. in Oceanography. He served on active duty for over nine years and retired from the Reserves in 1995 with the rank of Commander. He received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1983. Kirk retired from commercial flying in 2012, having flown with Delta and AirTran. He has served on the Board of Directors for Reformation Hope since its founding in 2007. He is a founding Board Member of TMI. He was married to Jean Swanson for 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He has been a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) for more than twenty years. He has made three trips to Ukraine to teach in the RITE-Ukraine Seminary.

Warren Kinney

Ruling Elder

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


Jacob Grubb


Kyle Mbiad


Hal Waddell


My wife Vickie and I have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Our family joined Grace Church in 1977. Assisting with property maintenance and community mission activities put me on the path to serve as a Deacon and Treasurer starting in 1980. While transitioning out of the Treasurer duties during 2021, I look forward to continuing “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.

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.”

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