Grace Christian Church
Grace Christian Church

Our Story

Grace Christian Church began with a small group of people from what was formerly Monmouth Baptist Church. As a result of some philosophical and ethical differences with the direction of leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention, the small fellowship voted overwhelmingly in January of 1998 to break ties with the SBC and become non-denominational. The reason we are a non-denominational church is that we believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's love, without which we have no right to even call ourselves Christians.

However, in an effort to live out our faith in the most creative, relevant, and excellent ways, we partner with The Willow Creek Association (an international association of over 13,000 churches). This partnership helps to give us connection to and support from a wide variety of other churches all over the world who share a similar passion and vision for life and faith.

Since our initial launch in 1998, we have continued to grow and experience great results. But, to be honest, we are a people who are still very much in process and under construction. At times, the road we have traveled has been exhilarating and filled with wonder and celebration. And still, at other points along the way, it has been a humbling journey of falling and failing, and learning how to get back up and try again. Through it all, we continue to thrive because peoples' lives continue to be healed and transformed by God's love and grace among us.



Our Leadership Team

Grace Christian Church is an elder-led church. The elders are responsible for providing spiritual leadership to the Church, including: prayer, teaching, general oversight, strategic direction, equipping of Ministry Team Leaders, shepherding, and spiritual protection of the congregation. Each member of the team, with the exception of the Senior Pastor, is called by the congregation to serve a 3-year term. Members are selected for spiritual, personal, and relational maturity, along with special gifts or skills needed by the team. After an elder serves two consecutive three-year terms, there must be a minimum of a one-year break in his or her service on the Board. Normally, there is a minimum of three and a maximum of nine Elders called out to serve each year.

Vincent Rife

Vincent Rife

Pastor

vrife@gracechristianchurch.com
Janet Kluin

Janet Kluin

Pastoral Assistant

information@gracechristianchurch.com
Bonnie Deroski

Bonnie Deroski

Director of Children
& Family Life

bonniedgcc@comcast.net
Bill Asay

Bill Asay

Director of Youth
& Family Life

billyasay@gmail.com
Jim Armstrong

Jim Armstrong

Elder

armstrong@monmouth.com
Bill Smith

Bill Smith

Elder

wastoo1951@verizon.net
Cindy Ferrador

Cindy Ferrador

Elder

cindy.07747@gmail.com