Welcome to Grace Church!
As the Campus Pastor of our Downtown Campus, I want to invite you to be part of what God is doing in and through our church. We are passionate about experiencing the life changing power of Jesus Christ, and helping others to do the same. We strive to worship God, and to be conformed to His image through biblical teaching, community with other believers, and giving our life away in service for Christ.
This site is intended to help you learn a little bit more about us and how to connect to the mission and ministries of our church. Whether you are just passing through, or God leads you to make Grace Church your home, our hope is that the information and resources within this site will strengthen and encourage you. Be sure to check out what’s going on by scanning our scrolling announcements above and/or our calendar to the left. You can also register for upcoming classes and events by clicking on the slides or by visiting our calendar pages.
I would love the opportunity to meet you and serve you in any way we can. Please stop by and introduce yourself to me or any of our campus staff after one of our Sunday services or contact me via email or phone with any questions or concerns.
- Josh Pedersen
We want you to have a beneficial worship experience, and sometimes simply knowing where to park can help make that happen. Our volunteers came up with some parking recommendations:
- West Washington Street Parking Deck (across street, above bus terminal)
- McBee Street parking spots
- Main Street parking spots
- Laurens Street parking spots
- DO NOT park in the restricted use condo lot directly behind our church
- Click to download our downtown map and parking details
Discovery is an orientation to our church that provides you with information about our mission, what we believe, and our overall philosophy of ministry. It is also the gateway for you to connect at Grace Church through community groups, volunteer ministry teams, and membership.
Foundations is our membership class focusing on our church’s Core Values, six essential areas of Christian maturity and growth. This class is open to anyone at Grace Church who has been to Discovery. During Foundations, you will have the opportunity to complete church membership.
The Gospel of Mark is a 5-week class during which participants will look at 10 of the most stirring parts of this fast-paced account of Jesus’ ministry, and learn how the urgency of Christ’s mission overlaps with our lives today.
This class begins Thursday, October 30th at the Downtown Campus. Click below to register.
The Quest for Authentic Manhood is a 9 week study with the aim to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a man?” This study deals with different wounds and deficits that all men must navigate as well as what redeemed masculinity looks like.
Biblical Femininity is a 7-week study designed to equip our women by providing a common language and exploring Biblical perspectives. The goal of this study is to gain clarity and freedom regarding the essential components of biblical femininity within a small group setting.
God has given you unique gifts and abilities for the specific purpose of serving him and building up the church. Not only are you called by God to service, but Grace Church needs your help to fulfill our mission. We want you to “Make Your Mark” on Grace Church by finding where your gifts and passions align with the needs of the church.
What is a “Jump In”?
A jump-in is an opportunity to try a serving role out 1 time to see if your gifts and abilities align with the role. Some leadership roles do not have jump-ins.
Serving Needs at Our Campus
Worship Team (Please contact Brian Darnell – firstname.lastname@example.org – if interested in any of the following)
- Keyboard Players
Grace Church Kids (Please contact Tori Mercado – email@example.com – if interested in any of the following)
- Children’s Welcome Team – 9:15 and 11:15 | Help provide a friendly and inviting atmosphere by greeting and checking-in new families
- Camp Grace Big Group Team – 11:15
|Nursery (0-24 Months)||Preschool (2yr – 5k)||Elementary (1st – 4th Grade)|
We offer all Children’s Ministry programming (infant through 4th grade) at 9:15am, 11:15am & 5:00pm.
Parents should check their children in at the Children’s Check-In station upon entering the building – our Children’s Welcome Team will help register your children for their classes. Please plan to arrive 15 – 20 minutes early to check in your children before the service.
Grace Student Ministry
Grace Church Student Ministry exists to move our students toward spiritual maturity and growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ through pursuing God, connecting with the church, and engaging the world. We believe that students have a strategic impact to make on our community. As such, we desire to provide students with unique opportunities to transition into partnering contributors of the local church.
|High School Ministry||Middle School Ministry||5th and 6th Grade Ministry|
|7:15 Sunday Night / details||6:45 Wednesday Night / details||11:15 Sunday Morning / details|
Grace Church College Ministry exists to help students move toward spiritual maturity by connecting them to the local church in a meaningful and passionate way. We believe that college is one of the most transformative times in a student’s life and desire for them to receive wise counsel and guidance from mature adults anchored to the local church. Our gatherings are an opportunity to connect with other college students and adults at Grace Church through fellowship centered on the scriptures.
We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 8:15-9:45. For more information email Will Plonk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culturally Engaged Downtown Vision
The vision of Grace Church Downtown Culturally Engaged is to impact West Greenville for the gospel though sustainable community partnerships. In this way, such partnerships will create opportunities for ongoing service by individuals and community groups.
Upcoming Service Opportunities
Interested in serving with CE on a regular basis? Click below to fill out our CE interest form and we’ll help you get plugged in!
Mill Village Farms
Neighborhood transformation and community development projects
Serving the community and under-resourced children through after-school programs
Working with at-risk youth through outdoor adventure trips
OVC: Foster & Adopt
Support children and families in Greenville County foster care
History of Grace Church Downtown
In early 2011, Grace Church renovated the Historic Downtown Baptist Church (built in 1858), striving to respect the past while embracing the future. Efforts were made to restore certain elements of the building that extended back to a remodeling effort that took place in 1915 (floors and doors). The removal of the side galleries / balconies, that were not part of Sloan’s original design, opened up the beauty of the original sanctuary building, especially the seven expansive stained glass windows. The room has also been modernized and equipped for the future with the addition of new lighting and sound, as well as video projection capabilities. This makes the room versatile for almost any type of meeting as well as bringing greater variety to the types of worship services offered by the church.
The church also offers the building to the Greenville community for various civic meetings and cultural functions (music, art, theatre) – and it is currently one of a handful of venues that allows weddings for non-church members.