On Sunday evening, August 10th, 2003, a group of believers met in a home for Bible study. It was there that a dream of a new church with a biblical, fresh, and outreach oriented vision began to grow. That evening around 40 people gathered together for fellowship and to study God’s Word. It didn’t take but one week to realize that this group of believers may need to meet in a larger facility. So, the next week, August 17th, we began meeting on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM in the Anniston City Meeting Center. The first few weeks of gathering included a great time of fellowship and Bible Study led by Carlton Weathers. Excitement filled the room every Sunday night. The vision continued to become clearer about what God wanted to do in this area.
On Wednesday night, September 3rd, 2003, a group of men met together to begin this journey we now call Grace Fellowship. Since then, this group of men continues to meet to bring this vision for a strong, biblical, people-oriented church into reality.
On Wednesday night, September 10th, this core group of men agreed upon a name for this new work, Grace Fellowship. Sunday, October 12th, 2003, Grace Fellowship began its Sunday morning services at 10:00 AM as an official body of believers at the Meeting Center. The next milestone came when the Lord provided a church facility for us to lease near the Jacksonville community. On Sunday, March 7th, 2004, Grace Fellowship held its first worship service in the new facility, the former Fellowship Baptist Church located at 101 Lockette Drive just off of Highway 21 near Jacksonville. That day, 135 people gathered together for worship and fellowship. After several weeks of Bible study through the membership class, Connection Point, Sunday evening, April 4th, 2004, at 6:00 PM we gathered together to accept our very first group of Grace Fellowship members. Several years later Grace Fellowship decided to purchase eight acres of land and a building in the city of Anniston on the old Fort McClellan. After renovation was complete Grace Fellowship had its dedication service on Sunday, December 7th 2008.
In 2012, we completed renovation on our new outreach/fellowship facility. We completely renovated an existing building on our property, about 4283 ft²; added a new addition, 1760 ft², and 2 new porch additions. This has resulted in a total building area of about 6043 ft². The building includes a new kitchen, restrooms, a storage room, and some housekeeping, mechanical and electrical spaces, a meeting room, two classrooms, and two offices.
Grace Fellowship continues to grow and promote the vision it began with. That is, to glorify God. His glory is the ultimate motive behind everything we believe, teach, practice and represent. We seek to glorify Him by loving Him and growing to know Him greater in His true essence and nature, as revealed by His Word, the Scriptures. We also seek to glorify Him by loving others, being used of Him to bring them to know Him in growing relationships and to minister them in His Name. We are excited about discovering all He has in store for this family of faith in the future.