Grace Fellowship Church began in the summer of 1979. The initial meetings took place in a home. There was no name, no governing board, and no trained or paid leaders. There was a group of about 30-40 people in whom God was working as they studied the Bible together and sought to live it out in their relationships with one another and the community.
Soon, a church was officially planted. It was to be a Grace dominated church that was characterized by authentic Fellowship. Three lay-elders were appointed, and within a year they had added a part-time youth pastor and a full-time lead pastor. Tom Oyler remains the Lead Pastor since coming here from Dallas Seminary in 1980. GFC continues to be an elder-led church, maintaining a group of 9-12 lay leaders.
After meeting in an elementary school for a year, the church purchased a small building on Virginia Street in 1982. In 1992, after 10 years of steady growth, the church moved its meeting place to 16 acres of land at 2314 S. Greenwood Drive.
Growth eventually led to four weekend services from 2001 until 2010 when the current 1500 seat auditorium and other renovations were completed on what is now 33 acres of land. GFC has never been about becoming a “big church.” However, the mission, Building a Community to Reach a Community, has created a contagious blend of solid growth in and among believers that leads to engaging the least and lost in our community through sharing the incomparable good news and engaging in grace-motivated good works. By God’s grace, GFC has a deep and lasting impact in the community because of the generosity and service of its people.
The story of GFC is a story of God's grace at work in each and every life. Amazing grace.