Grace's Mission is simple:

Thanks for stopping by!  We hope you feel a connection to Grace, and our commitment to serving God through our Mission: Love God, Love Others, & Make Disciples.

Feel free to check out our Resources page for booklets to gain a deeper understanding of who Grace is, and an opportunity to look at your own Discipleship Journey.

 

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Welcome! 

Here at Grace we say just come as you are!  The doors are always open early, so feel free to drop in for a cup of coffee or tea from 9:30 on. The Sunday Service begins at 10:45 am.  We encourage you to drop in at the Welcome Centre in the lobby for answers to questions and to find out ways to connect.

 

We have a pretty straightforward purpose...

...we want to grow deeper in our love for God, warmer in our love for each other and wider in our love for our world. We’re contemporary, but we value tradition. We’re casual, but not about our faith. We value personal study and application of God’s word to life and presenting the Gospel clearly and creatively. Our goal is to see people personally and passionately follow Christ.

Check out our FAQ page for questions you may have about what to expect.

What We Believe

 

The following beliefs are at the heart of all we say and do at Grace Church. We believe in the historic Christian faith, reflected in these statements:

 

  • We believe in the one living and true God, perfect, infinite and eternal, existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; John 15:26; II Corinthians 13:14)

  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, born of the Virgin Mary, in His perfect humanity, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection from the dead and His personal triumphant return.  (Matthew 16:16; Luke 1:31-33; I Peter 3:18; Luke 24:6, 39; Acts 1:11)  

  • We believe that the Bible was given by divine inspiration and, in the original manuscripts, is the infallible Word of God.  As such, it constitutes the only trustworthy guide in all matters pertaining to Christian faith and conduct.  II Peter 1:20, 21

  • We believe in the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the dead, and a future state determined by divine judgment. (I Corinthians 15:54-57; I Thessalonians 4:13 - 18; Revelation 20:12)

  • We believe a Christian is one saved by grace, whose life is transformed into the likeness of Christ by His atoning death and the power of His resurrection, and who will seek to obey the Biblical admonition of non-conformity to the world.  (Ephesians 2:8 - 10; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 1:6, 7; Romans 12:1, 2) Further, we believe that there is “salvation in no one else for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved”. (Acts 4:12)

  • We believe in the Holy Spirit who is one with the Father and the Son and who by means of the Word applies to our hearts the things of God.  (John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26; John 16 7-14)

  • We believe in the scriptural teaching of peace, love and non-resistance as it applies not only to carnal warfare, but to every area of the Christian’s social life.

  • We believe in the church as the body of Jesus Christ, a community of believers, gifted by the Holy Spirit, responsible to God and to each other. (Ephesians 4: 11-16)

  • We believe in the practice of Scriptural Church discipline. (Matthew 18:15-18; Galatians 6:1) 

Our Pastoral Staff

 

Sean is our new Lead Pastor as of December 2018. He and his family (wife Denise and daughters Emily and Christie) joined us from Kelowna, BC. Sean loves good coffee and golf, but his passion is the word of God and helping people become disciples who love and follow Jesus no matter where they're at in the journey.

Lead Pastor

Sean Harder

Steve is wildly in love with Jesus, his family (wife Terri and kids Janae and Jace) and Kingdom building! At Grace he serves as pastor to youth and young adults and his heart is for all who are willing to venture in seeking God together with him. In addition to these things he loves worship through music, cycling and laughing!

Pastor: Worship & Discipleship

Steve Zacharias

Wendy is our local import!  She grew up in the area and started coming to Grace as a young adult.  As secretary, she keeps our office together and our staff organized!  She has three children, one at university and two at home.  Because of Wendy, our office is a “warm” place.

Pastoral Assistant

Wendy Dunham

Cynthia Hiebert

Director - Senior Youth

Cynthia is a mom to three awesome teenagers, one boy and two girls, and married to Derek Hiebert. She has been involved in youth on and off for 10 years and is a big part of her life. 

Levi Froese

Youth Ministry Intern

Levi is a great addition to the Youth Team in both Senior and Junior.  When he's not at the office, he is prepping projects and studies for "The Coaliition" - a youth ministry program he is enrolled in.  Levi's quick wit helps keep us office staff highly entertained.

Our Lead Team

Lead Team

Derek Hiebert

Lead Team

James Reimer

Lead Team

Ross Derksen

Lead Team

Jolene Neufeld

Lead Team

Reyburn Franz

Lead Team

Will Wiebe

Lead Team

Mary Ann Sawatzky

Lead Team

Melody Hamm

Lead Team

James Fehr

Our Story

 

 

Our roots go back to the Anabaptist spiritual renewal movements of the Protestant Reformation.   In spite of intense persecution, men and women were baptized on confirmation of their faith.  Their desire to follow God and impact their world was so strong that hundreds gave their lives as martyrs.   This passion and commitment drew thousands to follow Christ and marked the early Mennonite movement in Europe.  They were marked by a desire to change the world by sharing the good news of Christ.  They resolved to live in peace with all, never bearing arms.  They were persecuted for their faith and it drew them even closer to God.  Their impact has been felt around the world.  It was from this group that the founders of our movement and our church came.   With them came their dependence on God born out of the years of difficulty and their passion to truly follow Him and make a difference.

 

In 1961 Grace Church was begun as a response to the need in our community for English speaking ministry.  The desire of the founding members was to bring across into the English language the Evangelical Anabaptist vision of the church.  Up until that time German had been the dominant language of worship in our area.  There was a strong desire to make disciples of the non-Mennonite English speaking families of our community. 

 

Our first meeting place was the Winkler Bible School.  (The site was opposite the current Winkler Elementary School) It was here that our original thirty-two charter members met, formed a church, had their first baptisms and called their first pastor, Bernie Loeppky.   He served us faithfully until 1971.

 

These were exciting, innovative times. In 1962 the first building was built (960 Pembina).  Construction began in late September and people literally worked day and night!  The building was dedicated ten weeks later on December 16! We stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable not only because we spoke English but because we embraced women in leadership and even had member meetings on Sunday afternoons!  Some have said, “We might have been a touch arrogant!” 

 

Children and youth were a rewarding part of our ministry.  We were a young church and the enthusiasm of our people was contagious.  We took seriously the challenge of making disciples of Jesus.

 

In 1971 Pastor Bernie left.  John Krahn came that summer and brought with him his personal warmth for God and others.  This deepened the sense of acceptance and belonging that marked our church. Many are here in our congregation today because of his warm invitations.   

 

He also encouraged us in our stewardship.  There was an unwritten understanding that 50% of all our giving should go to missions beyond the geographical borders of our church.  Even when we embarked upon an education wing in the mid-seventies, our concern for lost people around the world was not forgotten.  During these years a number of our congregation served and have continued to serve with MCC and other mission agencies.  Our church continued to grow under his leadership.  An associate pastor position was added, and the church doubled in membership.  With this growth and the arrival of our third pastor, Chris Arney in 1984 we dedicated our current building to the glory of God.  

 

Children’s programs, choirs, pierogi fundraisers, care groups and dynamic youth groups marked our experience.  Our youth ministry emphasized discipleship and grew to be citywide.  We enjoyed solid leadership with Lead Pastors Arnie Neufeld and Herb Franz. 

 

But all was not well.  Although the church was full we seemed to lack a common vision.  Some thought we should build, others thought we should plant a church.  The youth felt separate from the church.  Passion for God seemed to be diminishing.  We were divided over our denominational affiliation.  Our following of Jesus tended to be more a matter of keeping appearances and doing the “right” thing rather than a vibrant relationship with God in which we worked with him to change our world.  So, as we entered into 2014 people began leaving. Saturday Night Grace (SNG) concluded (our service for contemporary worship) and the division was experienced over pastoral leadership.  With Pastor Keith’s departure, we stopped and realized we needed to get serious about listening to God. 

 

In late 2017, under our Transition Pastor’s leadership, we as a church took time to look back and re-surrender to God’s call on us.  He has taken us back to our roots.  Today there is no question in our minds.  We must be a community of grace marked by love, mercy and truth where searching people find hope in Jesus and those who have found Him discover their place in the larger story of His “wild” love.

We are now entering an exciting time as a family, knowing God is with us, He has a plan for us, and we are here to Love God, Love Others, & Make Disciples!  Join us!