History of Grace Fellowship
Grace Fellowship was begun in the Summer of 2009. Our humble beginning started with the first service being held in Salem Park. We were a church without a building. Over 160 people attended the first service. And all throughout that first summer we met in various city parks each Sunday evening. From the beginning there were many volunteers who organized and hauled chairs and sound equipment and other things necessary for holding services.
The sense of excitement and God’s leading was evident from the beginning. The Lord blessed this group with a strong sense of unity and love.
The Elder board made up of Chairman Scott Finkbeiner, Mike Bayne, Brian Dean and Pastor Steve were appointed. Pastor Steve Miller, Pastor JC Donner, Administrator Waylon Grout and Youth Pastor Shaun Breiland were the original staff members. Our current Elder Board is made up of Pastor Steve Miller, Mike Bayne, Larry Helmer, John Rehmeier and Matt Walters. Jen Meier is our current Youth Director.
After much prayer and deliberation it was unanimously voted on by the church to join the Berean Fellowship of Churches in May of 2010.
Four foundational pillars were identified as to what God was raising up in our midst. These four are: God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship and Faith. They are the essence of what this church is about.
Before long we leased the Convention Center at the Holiday Inn and began to meet indoors! At the same time we were leasing space for offices, renting space for youth group and another space for The River young adult ministry.
In January of 2011 Grace Fellowship moved to its current location at 524 W. Jackson Blvd. We were delighted to have all aspects of the ministry under one roof.
The hand of God was evident in many ways upon the beginning of Grace Fellowship. Please join us in praying that God would continue to keep his hand upon us as we commit to being a church devoted to God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship and Faith!
Grace Fellowship is affiliated with the Berean Church Fellowship, a Christ-focused, church planting, grace filled fellowship of churches.