1998 ~ First worship service, March 15 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.1999 ~ February, 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.2000 ~ March, the Land Site Committee was disbanded and a new committee was formed and named the Church Development Committee (CDC).2001 ~ In February the CDC, with the Session's approval hired an architect who specialized in church design. March, GCC called as its first full-time pastor, the Reverend Cooper McWhirter. 2002 ~ 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.2003 ~ Our first church service was held on Sunday, January 5. A Dedication Service was conducted on Sunday, January 19 in which officiates 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.From the outset, Pastor Cooper has worked closely with the Ruling Elders of Session. Both in regular monthly meetings as well as periodic retreats, the Elders have gained an appreciation of 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. Therefore, whenever possible, the people of GCC will endeavor to partner with other local churches where viable ministries are already underway. When necessary, however, GCC will use whatever resources are available in order to tend to the immediate needs of those less fortunate as well as the the extended community.2003 ~ To help us focus upon the Lord, the Session adopted a Vision Statement in the spring, which states : "Making Christ KNOWN, LOVED and SERVED". In the fall a sermon series was presented about this Vision Statement for the expressed purpose of defining who we are and what we are about. Because 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, we continue to seek and serve Him faithfully.In a word, 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!
Sincerely, The People of Grace