Joel Murr

Senior Pastor

Pastor Joel began serving as our Senior Pastor in October of 2014. He previously served as our Student Pastor for the previous 14 years. Joel has a heart for the church and is passionate to reach the next generation while seeing the church grow in the Lord. He resides in Sanford with his beautiful wife Libbie. They have three children, Jeremy, Anna, and Jonah.

Jed Bayes

Worship Pastor

Singer/Songwriter Jed Bayes has served as Worship Pastor here at Grace since September of 2020. He has a B.S. in Worship and Music from Liberty University, where he won songwriter of the year in 2013. Jed is married to Emily (A Grace Christian Graduate Class of 2007) and they have a 3 year old son together named Lincoln.
To find out more about Jed go to www.jedbayes.com

Mike Matson

Assistant / Student Ministry Pastor

Mike became Grace’s Youth Pastor in 2017. He is passionate about serving the Lord and encouraging others to grow in their relationship with Christ. Discipleship is the heart of his ministry and his desire is to follow the great commission of Jesus to make disciples that will in return make other disciples. He resides in Sanford with his beautiful wife, Shandalyn and their two children, Miles and Chase.

Royce Baker

Senior Adults & Visitation Pastor

Royce Baker serves as minister to Senior Adults and is the Visitation Pastor. He also teaches part-time at Grace Christian School. He has a Bachelor of Religious Education and a Bachelor of Theology from Piedmont International University, holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University, and also holds a Doctorate in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary. Royce and his wife Mary were missionaries in various areas of France for 15 years.

Susan Stalder

Grace Kid’s Director

Susan began serving as our Grace Kids Director in 2015. Susan has a heart for children. She graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting. She desires to impact children to build God’s kingdom, one child at a time. Susan and her husband, Brian, have three beautiful children and reside in Sanford, North Carolina.

Sam Montijo

Student Pastor

Pastor Sam Montijo joined the Grace Chapel family in August of 2021 as our new Student Pastor.  Sam is also one of our Bible teachers at Grace Christian School.  Sam and his wife Ruth have been married for over 23 years and have five wonderful children (Dayana – 22, Jonathan – 20, Ashley – 16, Alyona – 16 and Alex – 15).  Sam and Ruth have been in church ministry for over 20 years and bring a wealth of experience in church leadership and discipleship.  Sam is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he studied Christian Ministry.  Before he came to Grace Chapel, he was a Worship Pastor for 20 years and had also been involved in Student Ministry for the same length of time.  Apart from being a musical family, the Montijo’s have a passion for traveling, nature, and sharing the love of Jesus with all they meet.  Sam is an avid lover of all things sports, technology, and movies. Above all, he is a devoted follower of Jesus and desires to see students come alive in their faith and actively disciple others.


Men’s Ministry Director

Libbie Murr

Grace Women’s Director

Libbie has served as the Women’s Director at Grace since 2016.  Libbie graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University.  Libbie is passionate about helping women grow spiritually, seeing lives change, and loving people like Jesus! She is mom to Jeremy, Anna, and Jonah, and wife to Senior Pastor Joel Murr.

Mary Baker

Church Secretary

Mary graduated from Sanford Business College with an AA degree in Business Administration. She has been a church secretary since 2005. She joined the staff of Grace Chapel in July, 2008. She is a mom to James, who is married and lives in Lynchburg, VA and Jolynda, who resides with her husband and three children in Loganville, GA.