Rod moved to Tallahassee in 1973 to attend Florida State University. Just before graduation, a friend invited him to Grace Church where he was immediately drawn to expositional bible teaching. A few years after graduating from college, he married his wife, Ann, and they were off to Dallas Seminary to prepare for ministry. While working in the business world for a short time, God opened the door for their family to move back to Tallahassee. In December 1985, he became the Associate Pastor at Grace Church. After serving in that capacity for 22 years, he was appointed Senior Pastor in January 2008. He and Ann have two adult children, Carrie (married to Doug Link) and Michael (married to Ramsey), and three grandsons, Caleb, Hudson, and Owen (Link) and three granddaughters Palmer (Bunton), Abigail (Link), and Harper (Bunton). Rod's duties include regular preaching and leading Bible studies.
Dr. Canter received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, his Master of Arts in Music Composition and Theory from Sam Houston State University and Doctor of Music Degree from Florida State University. Dr. Canter has served as interim music director at Second Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, Minister of Music at Southside Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tennessee and as Music Director at Grace Church since 1985. Jim is married to Sandy.
Doug started at Grace Church in 2000 as a youth ministry intern while he was a student at Florida State. After graduating from FSU (B.A. in Music), he left for Louisville, Kentucky to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Doug graduated in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity. He then returned to Grace as the full time youth pastor. He currently oversees the middle and high school programs. Doug and his wife, Carrie, have three sons, Caleb, Hudson, and Owen, and one daughter, Abigail.
College and Administrative Pastor
Ben began attending Grace Church in 1997 just before beginning high school. After graduating from Leon High School, he became a student at Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he began a two year internship in youth ministry at Grace Church through XL Ministries. In June of 2004 he married Beth. After graduating from Florida State with a degree in Communication and finishing his internship, he and his wife moved to Louisville, Kentucky for him to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Southern in May 2009 with a Master of Divinity. In June of 2009, he became the College and Administrative Pastor at Grace Church. He and Beth have two sons: David and Peter.
Sherry married Carl Braun in 1971, and they have two grown children, Mike and Heidi. The Brauns have been members of Grace Church since 1973. Sherry, a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, became the church secretary in 1983.