Church Administrator

Lisa Vaughan
Our church administrator is Lisa Vaughan. A Starkville native, Lisa is married to Randy and they have 3 grown sons. After a career in elementary education, Lisa now fills her free time with family, fostering animals for the Humane Society and traveling. She is an active member of First Baptist Church.  

Children's Ministry Director

Rachel Wall
Rachel was born and raised in Jackson, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life. She then got a degree from UMC in Occupational Therapy. For the last several years, Rachel has been at home raising her children and volunteering in the children's ministries in the PCA churches where her family has lived. Rachel and Chip and their three children, Zaidee, Sam, and Allie moved to Starkville in the summer of 2017.

Assistant Children's Ministry Director

Eryn Sanders

My name is Eryn Sanders and I am originally from Tupelo, Ms. I have lived my whole life in Tupelo with my 6 sisters and parents before coming to college. I am now a sophomore now at Mississippi state studying Kinesiology. It has been such a blessing getting involved in RUF and Grace and forming a community with other believers. I am so excited and thankful to get to work with the kids at Grace and I look forward to the next few years here. After I graduate, I hope to go to OT school and later on work with special needs patients.

Youth Leaders

Jason and Jennifer Krutz
Jason and Jennifer celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary June, 2018.  Both attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  Jason completed his education at Texas A & M.  During their college years, God used Bible Study Fellowship ministry to teach Jason and Jennifer about Christ and His character.  They landed in the Mississippi Delta in 2004.  Jason and Jennifer joined Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, MS, where Jason served as an elder.  Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom to their five children, Abigail, Eli, Tatum Elizabeth, Liam Piper, and Teddy.  The Krutz Family moved to Starkville in the summer 2017 so that Jason could lead the Mississippi Water Resource Research Institute on MSU campus.  As they enter into the season of raising young adults, they look forward to humbly leading the youth families of Grace Presbyterian.

Youth Intern

Caleb Franklin
Caleb Franklin is from Madison Mississippi and is very excited to be part of the youth team here at Grace. He is a sophomore at MSU and is enjoying studying Forestry Management. Before coming to Starkville, Caleb was home schooled along with his 4 other siblings. Caleb is evolved in RUF and is also a part of Army ROTC which he really likes. He is excited to get to know the youth at Grace and see what the Lord has planned for him when he graduates college.

Youth Intern

Abigail Holman

Abigail Holman grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi with 3 other siblings. She graduated from French Camp Academy and decided to study Nutrition and Spanish at Mississippi State. Abi is excited to be a part of the youth ministry at Grace, as it will give her an excuse to get coffee with girls and talk about life. At State, Abi has been active in RUF and overseas missions. She often can be found playing Ultimate Frisbee with some of her friends. When she graduates, Abigail hopes to go to Physical Therapy school.

Director of Music

Dr. Cliff Taylor

Dr. Clifton Taylor began duties as part-time Director of Music in January 2015.  He hails from a musical family in which both grandfathers were musicians, and his father and brothers are all currently professional musicians.  He has over 40 years of experience in choral and instrumental church music making.

Cliff is employed full time as Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University, where he holds the rank of Associate Professor.  Among his other duties, he co-directs the athletic bands, and there are occasional Sundays when he is away from Grace due to his travel with the band to perform at MSU games. 
In addition to his work at Grace and MSU, Cliff composes and arranges music for bands, directs the band program for the Starkville Homeschool Music Cooperative, performs as a professional trombonist, and serves as a leader with Grace’s Trail Life USA troop.  He and his wife Charlotte have two grown children, Clifton and Evelyn.   


Carolyn Rodgers

Carolyn was born in French Camp, MS and graduated from French Camp Academy and Belhaven University with a major in Piano and a minor in Music Education. She has been involved in teaching classroom music and piano in Benoit,French Camp, Kilmichael, Ackerman, and Kosciusko, MS Public Schools and at the Presbyterian Day School in Cleveland, MS.Carolyn began playing the piano for worship services when she was 12 years old at the French Camp Presbyterian Church and has been involved in leading worship and playing the piano and organ ever since. Through out the years, Carolyn has played the piano and organ for numerous weddings, special services and celebrations, Christmas programs, and funerals. In 1981 she married Jerry L. Rodgers and moved to Houston, TX.  Later they moved to Bantang, Indonesia and Greenville, SC with his work. After Jerry's death in 1989, she and their son, Chris, moved to Starkville to be near family. At that time, Carolyn joined Grace Presbyterian Church and shortly afterwards began assisting with the church's music ministry by playing the piano, accompanying the choir, and later playing the organ, a total of 27 years at the keyboards at Grace.  Since moving to Starkville, Carolyn has taught private piano lessons at her home and at Starkville Academy.
In addition to loving music of all kinds, Carolyn enjoys baking and visiting with family and friends. Top on her list of favorite people and places to visit  are her son, Chris, and his wife, Amy, and their two children, Christopher and Hartlee in Mobile, Alabama.

Choir Accompanist

Gwyen Elizabeth Sutphin

  Gwyen Elizabeth Sutphin has served as the pianist at Grace Presbyterian Church since January 2015.  She has grown up in Starkville since she was 8 months old. Gwyen Elizabeth is currently in her third year at Mississippi State University where she is majoring in Business and Information Systems. She has completed her minor in piano at MSU where she is a member and plays piccolo with the Famous Maroon Marching Band and is a pianist with the MSU Jazz Band.  Gwyen Elizabeth is a “preacher’s kid” and is an active member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoys music in many forms, all MSU sports, playing intramural basketball, and is a huge Elvis Presley fan.

Band Coordinator

Ethan Hatcher

Reformed University Fellowship

Elliott Everitt, Campus Minister
Elliott and Carrie moved to Starkville in June 2017. They have four children: Thomas (10), Harris (8), Graham (6) and Jerome (3). Elliott grew up in Jackson, MS, and while he is an avid Mississippi State fan, he graduated from Ole Miss in 2006. Carrie grew up in Peachtree City, GA and attended Mercer University from 1997-2001 before moving to Oxford to work as an intern with RUF at Ole Miss. This is where the Everitts met, and they were married in December 2005. After 5 years as a youth director in Yazoo City, MS and graduating from RTS in Jackson, MS in 2012, Elliott accepted the call to serve RUF at Mercer University in Macon, GA in January 2013. RUF has been instrumental in the lives of both Elliott and Carrie, and they are thrilled to be a part of the Hail State family.

Reformed University Fellowship

Ward Evans, Intern

Ward is from Athens, GA, but grew up outside of Athens in the bustling metropolis of Nicholson - a town that boasts one stop light and a Dollar General. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he studied history and political science. Ward was involved with RUF all four years at UGA, and is excited to be a part of RUF at Mississippi State, a school that shares his affinity for bulldogs. Ward is known as an avid lover of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, fantasy and sci-fi novels nobody else likes, Georgia football, and as someone who quotes the office and parks and rec so much that it's "annoying." You can generally find him reading, watching Netflix, playing video games, throwing the football, or hanging out at a coffee shop pretending to like coffee.

Reformed University Fellowship

Shelton Wittenberg, Intern

Shelton is from Memphis, TN where she graduated from Hutchison before heading to Ole Miss. She grew up a both a Rebel and LSU tiger fan, so it was no surprise that she went to Ole Miss. She has a younger brother who is a sophomore at LSU though. She graduated from Ole Miss in May of 2018 with a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. RUF was a large part of her time at Ole Miss, and she is excited to be apart of RUF at State. Shelton loves Harry Potter, watching football and lacrosse, anything and everything Memphis and Ole Miss, and hanging out with her friends.