Grace History

Written for our Celebration Service  Jan. 8, 2017
Our first worship service was January 5, 1986 in Dick and Betsy Green’s home in Landenburg, Pennsylvania with 42 in attendance (10 in Sunday School).
On January 12, 1986, we began meeting on Sunday afternoons at the Grange, on Limestone Road. We felt this area did not need another Baptist church and after investigating the Evangelical Free Church of America, became affiliated with the EFCA on January 15, 1986.
Skyline Middle School
In April of 1986, Grace Church began having services and skyline_9450Sunday School at Skyline Middle School with 41 in Sunday School and 60 in the worship service and an offering of $440.00.
Reverend Gregory Hullinger became our pastor and started in August of 1986.
In December 1987, worship service attendance was averaging 80 and Sunday School 43. Mid-week services were being held at the Grange on Tuesday evenings.
Early in 1988 in the mid-week prayer meeting, Pastor Hullinger began a teaching series on “elder rule” based on the Scriptural teaching. Some of the charter members did not agree with this teaching and would not permit him to continue this teaching. This caused a split in the church and over the next 10 months, 20 of the charter members left Grace Church.
The Independence School
On Dec. 3, 1989 we started meeting for worship servicesthe-independence-school-d0ysgp at The Independence School. The cost was $200 per month and we would not be required to be out of the building by 12:30. Also, we would be able to use the building at other times for an additional charge.
Pastor Greg Hullinger resigned effective Dec. 31, 1989.
Dave Brady was an elder at the time of Pastor Hullinger’s resignation. Dave was on the Pastoral Search Committee and felt led to become a candidate for the position of pastor. Dave met the qualifications, seminary, pastoral experience, and had labored and ministered effectively at the church. He had been preaching each week after Pastor Hullinger left. He became full time pastor in September 1990.
In December 1990, the congregation voted to change the Sunday morning schedule to include a 90 minutes worship service and no Sunday School. (Children would meet during the sermon time for their Christian Education) Wednesday prayer meeting were discontinued so that there could be a men’s meeting and care groups on alternating weeks.
In Spring of 1991, Adventure Club for children
began. This developed into an outreach ministry.
The ladies met for Bible and topical studies during this time.
Brother’s in Christ Men’s Group started meeting bi-weekly.
The average attendance was 90 at worship services and the average giving was $1280 per month.
1991 brought many changes. Unfortunately many of our members were transferred to other states for their work.
Dave Brady, dealing with family issues and other matters, suffered a severe case of depression and was given a leave of absence. On Oct. 10, 1993, the congregation voted to accept the resignation of Pastor Dave, effective December 31, 1993.
At that time,  John Breuckman, with Manthetic Institute, became interim pastor.
We were still meeting at The Independence School on November 1, 1994, when Ken Aull was voted to be the third pastor of Grace Church. Pastor Ken faithfully enriched us with sound biblical teaching & preaching each week. Under Pastor Ken’s ministry it was realized that we needed our own building and a team actively pursued finding a place, but unfortunately were not successful. On January 20, 2003, Ken Aull resigned as pastor effective April 13, 2003.
Pastor Gayle Ryle was our interim pastor from April 2003 to January 31, 2004. Pastor Ryle and his wife, Charlene, were a wonderful gift to help us through our vacancy period.
Pastor Greg Barrier came to Grace Church in February of 2004Pastor Greg Barrier while we were still meeting at Independence School. Pastor Greg continued the Grace Church disciplines of prayer, small groups, missions, and exegetical Bible teaching and expanded the direction of the church in the areas of evangelism and discipleship. At this time there was a renewed commitment to find and establish a permanent home. The leadership searched with varying intensity during the next 13 years. At least 5 different locations were pursued, each ending in a dead end. God was not going to make this easy (in human terms).
Calvary Baptist Church
We moved from Independence School in December 2009 tocavary-baptist meet on Sunday afternoon at Calvary Baptist Church. Unfortunately, meeting on Sunday afternoon began to negatively affect the attendance at the church.
Newark Church of the Nazarene Lower Bldg.
In August of 2012, we moved to 357 Papermill Road, renting aP1040684 building from the Nazarene Church of Newark, where we could begin meeting on Sunday morning again. We quickly had visitors who stayed with us.
In January 2015, we began again a search for a permanent place to meet. Providentially, we were invited by the Nazarene Church of Newark to consider buying the older Nazarene Church Building on the same property where the newer building was (in which we were meeting). The Nazarene Church offered the older building to us at the exact price that the elders were considering offering for the newer building. The Nazarene Church wanted a higher price for the newer building, and we felt this was a sign from God of where He wanted us to be. After much negotiation, the two churches agreed on a final price and began moving toward the purchase in May of 2015. Purchasing the building was a long, detailed process, but in God’s time. We finalized the purchase of the building on November 18, 2016 and had the first service on November 20, 2016.
Grace Church
We had a CELEBRATION SERVICE on January 8, 2017 and remembered what God had done in the life of Grace Church and its people over the past 31 years. We built a stone monument for the people to see every time they walk into the building to serve as a reminder of all God had done over the past 31 years and to be an encouragement of what He will do in the years to come.
We have reached out in the communities we have served in many ways overAOM Poster the last 13 years through events such as Family Life Ministry’s Art of Marriage, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, community events such as Tunes and Trucks, car washes, participation in community festivals, and more. We look forward toFinancial Peace how God
will use us and this wonderful new home for His glory.



 “God is Faithful