Leadership

Tom Cox is serving as Teaching Elder. He is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. Tom holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of South Carolina. He received his Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he later did doctoral work. After seminary, he served churches in Alabama and Pennsylvania prior to moving to North Carolina. 

Before his ordination as a PCA Teaching Elder, Tom spent 14 years in campus ministry with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). It was during those years that he met and married Kelli, who is orginally from Michigan.

Tom and Kelli enjoy walking, hiking, and exploring new local restaurants. In his free time Tom enjoys playing word games, rooting for the Red Sox and Gamecocks, building his collection of Bible commentaries, and fancying himself as a music aficionado. The Coxes have two grown children: Jacob and Jenna, and a beagle named Maizey Grace!

 

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Ben Inman serves as Assistant Pastor at Grace. Ben grew up in Raleigh and returned to North Carolina after sojourning in Philadelphia and Switzerland. He was ordained by Eastern Carolina Presbytery (PCA) in 2000 and received his doctorate in Historical Theology in 2004. He was the founding campus minister of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. He presently teaches Latin at Grace Christian School in Raleigh. He and his wife, Sara have been married for 29 years and have two children out of college and two beginning college in 2018. He likes his bikes and his books and being a dad.

 

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Chuck Askew serves as a guest pastor for Grace and is the campus minister for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at North Carolina State University.

Chuck is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but became involved with RUF in his time at the University of Florida and spent 2 years as an intern with RUF at Mississippi State. After those two years, Chuck went to Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson to get a Masters of Divinity.  While there, he met his lovely wife Lauren, originally from Syracuse, New York, who was in the Marriage and Family Therapy program of RTS.

After graduating in 2005, Chuck and Lauren moved to Conway, South Carolina to start the RUF at Coastal Carolina University.  After four years at Coastal, Chuck was called to serve as the RUF campus minister at North Carolina State University and has been there since 2009. Lauren and Chuck have three children, Charlie, Norah, and Sam. 

 

 

 

Ruling Elders

 

Kurt Smith has served as an Elder at Grace since its beginning.  A family man, part-time football and track coach, retired government employee, and current professor of Environmental Management at Methodist University, Kurt brings a great deal of wisdom born of longevity, compassion and creativity to his service of the church.

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Born and raised in Fuquay, Jonathan Pierce was ordained and installed as a Ruling Elder in December of 2012.  He recently completed his Masters thesis on issues of Bible interpretation and race for Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte campus). Jonathan teaches theology in the community, leads many of our Bible studies, and is also a retired general contractor. These gifts and skills have been invaluable to the life of our congregation.

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Deacons

 

Mack Stephenson has a contageous joy and a wide-ranging set of skills. Greg Clement and Dave Rosser are also eager to serve, as are brothers Darryl Pearce and Robin Pearce, who serve as assistants.

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