Our History

In 1992 God called a handful of people to begin a new church in Nashville. After several months of prayer, Bible study, and vision casting meetings, our first Sunday worship service was held in January 1993. Grace Community Church was born.

Over the years we have called many places home. We have met at Belmont University, Eakin School, Lifeway Christian Resources, and First Christian Church. Meeting in homes for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship has also been a major part of our church. In 2004, we purchased property and in 2005 we moved into our first building. God has provided a place for us to gather each week since our first Sunday.

The ministries of Grace have developed as the congregation has grown. Beginning with only Sunday worship, we now have Community Groups, Sunday School, small groups for all ages, and active ministry to men, women, students, and children. Our ministries have grown to take us outside of our church and into Nashville through outreach and service to the needy. Beyond our borders, we have developed mission partnerships in Eastern Europe, South Asia, and have sent many of our members around the world for service. As these and other ministries have grown, we have added staff and other leadership to guide and coordinate our efforts.

Perhaps the most exciting and rewarding aspect of our history has been the significant spiritual growth that has occurred in the people who have connected with us. Many of our people have come to faith in Jesus Christ while attending Grace. Others have gained new energy in their faith through teaching, worship, and stronger relationships with others.

While grateful to God for his hand in our history, we look to the future with hope that he will continue the good work he started in us.

August 1992

Core group of 10 people meets to discuss planting a new church.

September 1992

A small group of people meets to pray, study God's word, and talk about a new church start.

January 1993

Grace Community Church holds her first Sunday worship at Belmont University and officially launches as a church.

Spring 1993

First Grace Community Church membership class is attended by 30 people.

April 1993

Community Groups begin. First baptism in the Belmont pool.

May 1994

Grace moves to the Rafters at Belmont and begins two worship services and Sunday School.

Spring 1995

Adult Sunday School classes begin.

Spring 1996

Grace moves to Eakin Elementary School.

Fall 1998

Grace moves to LifeWay building in downtown Nashville.

November 1998

First Grace Missions Offering and the establishment of the Grace Missions Fund.

June 2000

Beginning of Grace’s partnership with Central and Eastern European missionaries.

September 2002

Grace moves to First Christian Church.

January 2003

Grace celebrates 10 years of ministry. First Grace worship recording released, titled Lavished Grace.

Spring 2004

Future Grace 1 Giving Campaign begins to raise funds for the purchase of land and a building.

July 2004

Grace purchases property on the corner of Old Hickory Blvd and Granny White Pike.

Fall 2004

Grace breaks ground on new church building.

October 2005

Grace moves into our first permanent building at our current location.

Summer 2006

Grace offers Vacation Bible School for the first time.

January 2008

Grace celebrates 15 years of ministry. Second Grace worship recording released, titled Waves of Grace.

May 2008

Future Grace 2 Giving Campaign begins to raise funds for Discipleship Building.

Summer 2008

Beginning of Grace partnership with South Asia.

March 2009

Moved into Discipleship Building.

September 2010

Grace plants two churches, Redeemer Church (Hendersonville) and Trinity Church (Nashville).

July 2011

Grace Students go on first international mission trip to Honduras.

January 2013

Grace celebrates 20 years of ministry. Third Grace worship recording is released, titled Songs of the Redeemed.

Summer 2015

Beginning of Grace partnership with Belarus.

January 2018

Grace celebrates 25 years of ministry.

Easter 2018

Fourth Grace worship recording is released, titled The Hope of Glory.

May 2018

Future Grace 3 Giving Campaign for new Worship Hall and Gathering Hall.

November 2020

Grace moves into new Worship Hall.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 1:7-8; 2:8-10