Joel Murr – Senior Pastor
Pastor Joel began serving as our Senior Pastor in October of 2014. He previously served as Interim Pastor since November of 2013 and 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 loves our youth and missions. He has headed up trips for both students and adults to do ministry all over the world — ranging from Brazil to Guatemala to California. Joel has led teams to all corners of the earth with the conscious goal to spread the gospel to as many people as possible. A former collegiate all-American basketball player, Joel is the founder of Coach Murr’s Basketball Academy and uses sports to share the gospel with young people through the conduit of athletics. He resides in Sanford with his beautiful wife Libbie and three children, Jeremy, Anna, and Jonah.
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 was a missionary in various areas of France for 15 years. His main goal was leading people to Christ and then to establish churches to disciple the new believers. He is passionate about God’s Word and shares his passion by teaching Sunday school classes, preaching periodically on Wednesday evenings, and traveling to various countries training other ministers in how to teach the Word.
Keith Waller – Ministries Director
Keith is our Ministries Director and Outreach Pastor. He has was called into the ministry as a member here at Grace in 2015. He was ordained and worked at Elevation before coming back to Grace. He works with Pastor Joel to oversee the ministries at Grace and works hard at making Sunday mornings a welcoming experience. Keith oversees the Kids, Students, Men’s and Women’s ministries as well as our GRACE GROUPS and CONNECT class. Keith also assists Pastor Joel in planning and the Sunday services. Keith is very passionate about leading people to God, and reaching people with the Gospel. He is an Army veteran and has served all over the world! He lives in Apex with his wife Heidi and their three children.
Mike Matson – Student Ministries Director
Mike became our Student Ministries Director in April of 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. Mike also teaches Middle School Bible at Grace Christian School and coaches the Middle School basketball and baseball teams. He resides in Sanford with his beautiful wife, Shandalyn and their two children, Miles and Chase.
Susan Stalder – Children’s Ministry Director
Susan began serving as our Interim Children’s Ministries Director since December 2015 and was hired, full time, in June of 2016. 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.
Libbie Murr – Women’s Ministry Director
Libbie is a native of Chattanooga, TN. She was saved at the early age of six and began serving the Lord playing the piano at age nine. She later graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University. She is mom to Jeremy, Anna, and Jonah, and wife to Senior Pastor Joel Murr. Libbie is passionate about helping women grow spiritually, seeing lives change, and loving people like Jesus!
Robbie F. – Men’s Ministry Director
Robbie has served as the Men’s Ministry Director since 2016. Robbie is passionate about seeing men of all ages draw closer in their relationship with Jesus. He is married to Shannon and they have three beautiful children. He enjoys sports, especially the NY Giants, coffee, and hanging with his family.
Johnathan Bullard – Operations Director
Johnathan has served as our Operations Director & Business Manager since June of 2015. His professional background includes 17 years of multi-unit operations management in the financial services industry. His duties include the day to day operations of all ministries as well as the oversight of the finance department. Johnathan and his wife Maci reside in Sanford, NC with their two children and serve as active members here at Grace Chapel.
Mary Baker – Church Secretary
Mary grew up in Sanford, NC. She was saved at the age of 20 and began serving the Lord at that time. Along side her husband, she enjoyed serving for a number of years as a missionary to France. She graduated from Sanford Business College with an AA degree in Business Administration. She had been a church secretary to three previous pastors before coming to 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.
Meloney Wheeler – Accounting Manager
Meloney Wheeler is our Accounting Manager and joined our staff in October 2014. She completed her accounting degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and has over 25 years of experience in general ledger accounting. Meloney grew up in the Sanford area and resides here with her husband Cliff and their son, Garret. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with youth activities and outreach projects at her church.
Ben Johnson – Information Technology Director
Ben Johnson is currently the IT Director for Grace Chapel Ministries. He has been serving at Grace since 2016. He and his wife, Darlene, reside in Sanford.
Renee Decker – Communication Director
Renee Decker is our Communication Director and joined the Grace staff in June 2018. She hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a concentration in Education. Renee worked in Publications for Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA before she and her family move to NC 10 years ago. Renee and her husband Dan reside in Vass with their 3 children, Lillian, Kolton and Cora.
Tammy Strickland – Adult Choir Director
Tammy Strickland began serving as our Adult Choir Director in January of 2012. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Choir Director for the previous 24 years. Music has been an important part of Tammy’s life since she was a young child growing up in church at Grace. She has served as a piano accompanist since the age of 12 and has been a vocalist in various singing groups here. Her desire for the music ministry at Grace is to provide the congregation with music that points others to the Lord and help to create a worship environment that brings glory and honor to Him. Tammy resides in Sanford with her husband Allan and three children, Lauren, Matthew, and Anna.