How We Started
Grace Christian Fellowship (GCF) was planted by Greg and Catherine Weis with their immediate family in 2003 in Dayton’s inner city. The mission has always been the same: to actively reach out to those who are lost, no matter their education level, race, socioeconomic status, or qualifications. We treasure the fact that Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). We praise God that He did not look at our background or any qualifications when He called us (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)!
Today, GCF is a church led by a team of many men and women under the leadership of a senior pastor and other elders.
What We Believe
We believe the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We also believe the Lord has, is, and will continue to give us His grace that enables us to walk out this purpose and advance His Kingdom. This grace is best understood in its three parts; the Word, the Spirit, and the Church. Although they all feed into each other and can’t be known or practiced separately, it’s important to understand the unique qualities of each, just as we understand the different persons of the One True God.
The Word: We Are Reformed/Evangelicals
The Scriptures teach all the things that are necessary for salvation. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Because we were blind before we knew Christ, God alone gets all of the glory for our salvation. These Gospel truths are clearly captured in reformed teachings, historically orthodox Christian creeds, and ultimately God’s Holy Word.
The Spirit: We Are Charismatic
We pursue God's presence and power in corporate worship and personal living. The Holy Spirit applies God's Word, produces new life, grants victory over sin, and guides us into the truth. We desire for all believers to walk in the gifts of the Spirit to build up the Church. At Pentecost, God empowered and equipped the Church to display His glory and power to all nations.
The Church: We Are a Discipleship/Family Community
Community and discipleship go hand-in-hand as we pursue the Great Commission. Jesus says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). This command is impossible to fulfill without disciples who know what Jesus taught and are living out His teachings by the power of the Holy Spirit. This command is also impossible to fulfill without a group of united believers accomplishing such a task together: Jesus gave this command not to one disciple, but to all of his disciples together. We strive for Christ’s Church to be built on His principles of training through discipleship (Mark 3:14) and through living as family.
Our Mission as a Church
Our mission is to rediscover God's vision for biblical Christianity through thorough searching of the Scriptures, to restore the Church to radical living empowered by the Holy Spirit, and to equip all who desire to know Jesus to experience the abundant life that God has for them. Because Jesus Christ is currently reigning in the earth by His Spirit through His Church, we press on to see the city of Dayton transformed by the love of Christ through an authentic display of the Kingdom. We see His kingdom on display when believers live in harmony, when the sick are healed, when the oppressed are set free, and when the poor have the gospel preached to them (cf. 1 Peter 3:8, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 7:22). As we engage in this mission, we rejoice in God’s promise of victory that “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).