THE GRACE ANGLICAN MISSION

The mission of Grace Anglican Church is to live out the Great Commandment* (Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission** (Matthew 28:19-20a). We do this first and foremost by loving God. We worship Him, study His Word and obey His teachings. One of His most important teachings is to love our neighbor as ourselves. We demonstrate our obedience to this teaching through our relationships with each other and by going into the community and sharing Christ's love with those we encounter.

*And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as your self. There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31, ESV)

**Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a, ESV)

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WHO WE ARE

We are a community of followers of Jesus Christ who are striving to transform the lives of the unchurched in our communities. We do this by loving God with all our heart, mind and strength and sharing the love of Christ with our neighbors by becoming servants to all. We will walk beside others while they learn to become disciples.

OUR MISSION

Loving God
Loving Each Other
Loving Our Neighbors and
Learning to Follow Jesus Together







OUR STORY

John is relatively newly ordained, attending seminary after a 24 year Air Force career as a KC-135 navigator. While still in the Air Force, John and Sheila were involved in youth ministry. They started ministries at three different churches and both served as the diocesan youth minister at different times. Sheila also was the director of a program called Happening, a spiritual renewal movement for high school students, and both served as counselors at church camp with high school students for many years. This involvement with youth taught John and Sheila that there are a lot of hurting people out there, and gave them a heart for those who are struggling.

They both thought that their ministry would continue to be in working with youth, and training others to do the same. However, God had a different idea and called John to ordained ministry and the planting of a church. John graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in May of 2010 and was ordained a deacon the week after graduation. Grace Anglican was born in their living room in June of 2010.

We continued meeting in homes around the area until feeling God’s call to Edwardsville and developing our relationship with Newsong Fellowship, who were wonderful hosts for two years. We have since felt God calling us to move further south in the Metro-East area. We met for a time in John and Sheila's home while we discerned God's desire for our next step. God answered our prayers and led us to our current location in Collinsville, where we began worshiping on Palm Sunday in 2014.

Outreach has been an important part of our ministry since its inception. We currently work with Habitat for Humanity, where John is President of the Board of Directors, Restore StL's Workday, which is an opportunity to share our gifts with immigrants and others in need in South St. Louis, and Sacred Creations, which is an organization that works with people with mental illnesses resulting in homelessness.

If helping people in need and sharing the love of Christ with them interests you, or if you’d like to know more about our church, contact us or join us at an upcoming event or service.

CORE VALUES

We value Gospel transformation. We believe that the Gospel transforms lives. Our lives have been transformed by Christ, and we believe we are called to bring the Gospel to others so that God may transform them.

We value authentic community. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. We take that command seriously. We believe communities are transformed by love: Christ’s love for us, our love for each other, and our love and our sharing of Christ’s love for those who we do not yet know.

We value expectant prayer. We are a praying community. We expect that God answers prayers, so we expectantly pray for the needs of our church, the needs of our community, and the needs of our individuals. We believe God heals through prayer—He heals physically, emotionally and spiritually; and healing prayer is an important part of our ministry.

We value our link to historic Anglicanism. We are a church of the Diocese of Quincy, a Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. As such, we will be shaped by and reflect the Scriptural, Sacramental, and Spirit-filled streams of Christian expression that have characterized the Anglican Tradition for centuries. We are connected to a global community of over 80 million followers of Christ through this tradition.




WHAT WE BELIEVE

We are passionate about God’s love for the world and our call to share that love with each other and with our neighbors; we embrace Jesus Christ and celebrate the fullness of new and eternal life found in His sacrificial death and resurrection; we respond to the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit; and we are anchored in the Bible as the ultimate standard of life and faith.

We uphold the faith that has been received and passed down by the historic Christian Church for centuries. A summary of our faith can be found in historic statements of the Church including the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Anglican 39 Articles. At the same time, we engage in a fresh and relevant expression of the Christian life and faith through our mission and values that connect us to Christ in community.




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