Our History...1998 to Present
The planning stage...
An architectural rendering of the proposed church structure.
First worship service, March 15 1998 with 136 in attendance. Became affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination on May 16. The Reverend Dr. E. Perry Mobley was called as our first interim pastor. In July we were commissioned as a “Mission Church” and three missionary families were selected to receive financial and prayerful support. Today we support seven career missionaries of which three are affiliated with the EPC denomination.
February 1999, GCC became a self-sustaining, particular church with an official roll of 143 members. In July, the Reverend Bob Thompson began serving as our second interim pastor and served the needs of this congregation for twenty-one months. In December the Session of GCC approved the formation of a Land Site Committee for the purpose of surveying possible sites for a future church building. Within six months the future site of GCC on 5.4 acres was purchased and paid for.
From the remainder of 2001 and midway through 2002, the members and friends of GCC pledged over $960,000 of the approximately $1,000,000 required for the construction of our newly designed facility. We officially broke ground on June 26, and construction was completed in late December.
Cooper McWhirter became the first called Senior Pastor of GCC in April 2001.
Our first church service was held on Sunday, January 5, 2003 and a Dedication Service was conducted two weeks later in which individuals from both the Presbytery of the West and the General Assembly office were present. The Reverend Dr. Mike Glodo, Stated Clerk of the EPC, presented the message on this momentous occasion.
In the Spring of 2003 the Session adopted a Vision Statement which states : “Making Christ KNOWN, LOVED and SERVED”. That fall a sermon series was presented about this Vision Statement for the expressed purpose of defining who we are and what we are about. It is our belief that the Lord Jesus Christ has a vision and a purpose for this church, and that such a vision will help to direct our path as we continue to seek and serve Him faithfully.
Pastor Cooper worked closely with the Ruling Elders of Session, both in monthly meetings, as well as, periodic retreats. Pastor Cooper retired in June 2018.
GCC is a church “in-process”! As Philip said to his friend, Nathaniel, “Come and see!” . . . we invite you to come and see for yourself how lives are being transformed, and witness the love of Christ through us to you!
The Elders are committed to the guiding principles of biblical leadership in their role as “overseers”.
GCC is acutely aware of the unique ministerial opportunities which exist in the Sun Cities area. GCC will use its resources to meet the needs of those less fortunate as well as the extended community.
Sincerely, The People of Grace