Every person who walks through the doors at Grace Community Fellowship becomes part of the story of what God is doing in our building, in our community and in our individual lives.
Sharing your own story is simply telling others what God has done, or is doing in your life. It is our joy to share these stories with each other!
As I reflect on my journey through life, I can’t help but smile at God’s GRACE. Growing up, I did not know God and I was invested in my own journey. On February 22, 2015, I was baptized at GCF. My heart was full and for a moment in time, I felt God’s grace. As I began learning more about God, the devil slowly crept in and began tugging at my heart. My faith became challenged and I slowly began to yield to other desires. As time continued, I struggled and I eventually pushed God away. I was determined that I was going to fill my heart with my own love, my own desires, and do it my way. Through deep, deep humility, I found that God was teaching me about His grace. I eventually hit an embarrassing rock bottom and I gave up trying to do it on my own. Finally, I completely surrendered my fears to God and He filled my heart with His love! As I reflect on my journey, I love God’s unique plan; and although, my journey has been filled with shame and embarrassment, it has been filled with a ton of GRACE! I see that God has used my path to shape my faith and because of God’s grace, I get to live. —ANDREW WHITE
My wife, Michelle, and I have been attending GCF for about eleven years. Recently, I have been reflecting on what brought us to GCF and why we have stayed. Of the many things I love about Grace—good teaching, a sense of community, friends, a great kids ministry for our children, and opportunities for meaningful service—one trait has stood out. Grace is a welcoming place. The first day that my wife and I attended, a wonderful couple, Bob and Margaret Kintigh, noticed that we were new, welcomed us to GCF, and invited us to lunch to tell us about the church. It is hard to be new somewhere. You feel like you are the only one that doesn’t know anyone, or fit in. Bob and Margaret helped us feel like we belonged and invested in us. The next week, we felt more at ease coming to church. We soon joined a small group and started connecting with others in a meaningful way. We made authentic friendships, found a way to serve, and Grace is now our home. I have spoken to many others who felt welcomed at Grace in similar ways. It is just what we do as a church. It is a part of our DNA, and I hope we never lose it. As our church continues to grow it will be more important than ever to step out of our comfort zone to welcome others to our community. —EVAN RINDY
My wife and I started coming to Grace a little over a year and a half ago. Our biggest dream in coming to Grace was to get to connect with people and develop real friendships. I’ve found the community and connection I was hoping to find through GCF’s men’s groups. The different studies I’ve done over the past year have challenged my thinking and helped me to grow. Both as a Christian and a man. More importantly though, the community of men that I’ve engaged with in those studies have been an incredible support to me. (And, indirectly, to my family as a whole.) Whenever I need it, I have a dozen guys that I can call for prayer, accountability, and encouragement. That knowledge alone has made a tremendous difference in my life. —CASEY CRAIGIE