GREENVILLE – On Sept. 7, 5 p.m., Greenville Grace Brethren Church will officially celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gathering of the church family members – past and present – who have played a part in the history of Greenville Grace in the past 20 years. Anyone who has attended Greenville Grace is welcome to join in the festivities, which will take place at the church.
Greenville Grace began as a church plant out of a Grace Brethren church in Clayton. Small group meetings under the leadership of Daniel Pierce, the church’s first pastor, led to Greenville Grace’s inaugural public service on Palm Sunday, 1999, at the Greenville Inn.
Shortly after, the church temporarily moved to another facility, then took up a more permanent residence in an existing structure on Fair Street. Here, Greenville Grace was able to grow, add to its staff and elder team and pray for God’s guidance on next steps.
By the early 2000’s the members of the church were ready to build a brand-new facility at Greenville Grace’s current location on State Route 49. In 2006, a new year brought in a new era for Greenville Grace, and they held the first service in the freshly-finished building on Jan. 1.
Throughout numerous building changes, growth in numbers and leadership and a church plant of its own, Greenville Grace’s teaching has remained the same: God’s free gift of salvation through the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, is an invitation for humans to repent of sin and receive His grace.
“It’s why the church is named Grace,” said Danny Wright, current teaching pastor of Greenville Grace. “This gift is the foundation and center of all we understand when it comes to who we are before God!”
In years to come, the members of Greenville Grace look forward to seeing how God will raise up more faithful stewards who will serve Him within Greenville Grace, in neighboring churches or in new church plants.
“We’re looking forward to a continued season of faithfulness and responding to where the Lord may direct us next,” said Wright.
Greenville Grace Brethren Church meets every Sunday. During the month of August, the church will hold one service at 10 a.m.; during other months of the year, Greenville Grace holds two services, one at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. For more information about Greenville Grace, visit greenvillegrace.org.