God’s story of faithfulness to all who have called Grace Church home over the past five decades begins in 1958. A community of believers were drawn together and called Milo Nussbaum to be their Senior Pastor. Grace Church was planted as a part of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference — now the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. In the years to follow, the Word of God was preached, lives were transformed, missionaries were supported and sent out, and three church plants were started. And God added to their number regularly those who would call themselves a part of the family at Grace.
This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Fast forward to 1992. The second Senior Pastor of Grace Church, Doug Habegger, was called to lead and shepherd following Pastor Nussbaum’s retirement. Another church plant soon blossomed in nearby Germantown Hills; and the church leadership began praying about pursuing new land and facilities to continue to support the growing ministries of the church. That vision for growth became a reality in 1998 the church purchased a tract of land at the intersection of Tennessee and Jefferson Streets.
In November of 2006, the church held its first worship services in our new facility. And over the decades since its establishment, God has continued to honor the preaching of His Word and the ministry of his church. Missionaries around the world — in part supported by the family at Grace — continue to serve God and share the Gospel. Following the retirement of Pastor Habegger in fall of 2012, the church called Pastor Glyn Knight as its third Senior Pastor. And God’s transforming work in our community of Morton and the surrounding towns continues — as we celebrate each year during our Family Life Sundays, as we see in the regular meetings of small groups, and as is evidenced in the faithful discipling of believers young and old among us.
One of the exciting truths of our faith in God and in His Savior Jesus Christ is that the best is yet to come. Jesus has already come — He’s promised to come again! Similarly, while we praise God for His faithfulness among us in the past five decades, we pray and are excited to see how He will continue to use the family of God drawn together to love God and love people in Central Illinois in the years and decades to come.