Overview

A community drawn together by grace for delightful, dependent, and dangerous living
Sunday Morning Worship
  • Worship service begins at 9:30 AM
  • Chickahominy Middle School (Atlee, VA)
  • Nursery & kids worship to 5th grade
  • Fellowship and teaching for all at 11 AM

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Opportunities For Everyone
  • Unique environment for special needs
  • "Grace Kids" programs and events
  • Student support through college age
  • Varied adult ministries and programs

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Who We Are
  • Member of the PCA denomination
  • Serving in and near Hanover County, VA
  • Drawn together to delight in Jesus
  • Dependent on each other and His grace

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  Location

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Chickahominy Middle School (Cafeteria)
9450 Atlee Station Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

  Friends with Disabilities

Grace Community has a vibrant, inclusive ministry to students and adults with disabilities. In partnership withYoung Life Capernaum (YLC) and as a founding church in Hanover County’s Friends For Life (FFL), GCPC attempts to fulfill this mission: creating and connecting students and adults with disabilities (and their families) to a church family so that all of us have meaningful friendships, adventures, spiritual growth and opportunities to serve.

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  • A weekly, inclusive Sunday Community for Students and Adults with Disabilities
  • Recreational connections to Young Life Capernaum and Friends for Life
  • Full and active participation in the life of GCPC
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  Grace Kids

From the earliest age, Grace Community wants our children to hear the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, to hear of His power, and His great love for them. Our desire is for them to know that God loves them, that Jesus died for them personally, and to know their true identity as children of God.

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  • Special kids worship time to kick off Sunday Communities
  • Guided study during the service and Sunday Communities
  • Kids Give Back Summer Camp
  • Special events throughout the year
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  Students

Student Ministry at Grace Community is a comprehensive ministry that includes students ranging from middle school up and through college and graduate school. Our emphasis is always on the practice of an authentic faith that finds expression within the contemporary adolescent culture. But the backbone of the youth program remains relationships of discipleship forged over time between mature adult leaders and their high and middle school friends.

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  • Dedicated class during Sunday Communities
  • Bi-monthly gatherings for worship, prayer and life application of the Bible
  • Mentor-Student friendships
  • Special events throughout the year
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  Adults

The Adult Ministries of Grace Community intend to produce transformed lives in men and women through hearts and minds that are renewed by God’s Spirit and through God’s Word. The Adult Ministries provide a context for worshiping God, encouraging one another, and serving others. Our goal is to foster healthy marriages, thriving families, and God-honoring faithfulness among all people.

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  • Weekly Community Groups
  • Annual Weekend Retreats for Men and Women
  • Special events throughout the year
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Get to Know Us

We are real people from Hanover County and the Greater Richmond area who seek to bring God glory by proclaiming in our words and actions the transforming message of Jesus Christ. We are ordinary people, drawn together by an extraordinary God to discover the richness of life in community with each other. We are broken people made whole by grace who seek to make a welcomed difference in the spiritual, social, cultural, and relational life of Hanover County, the Greater Richmond area, and all the world.

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Welcome to GCPC!

To all…

  • ...who are spiritually weary and seek rest
  • ...who mourn and long for comfort
  • ...who struggle and desire hope
  • ...who sin and need a savior
  • ...who are strangers and yearn for fellowship
  • ...who hunger and thirst after righteousness

and to whoever will come…


This church opens wide its doors and offers welcome in the name of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.


We are...

  • ...strangers made friends
  • ...sinners made sons and daughters
  • ...individuals made into a community

We hope you will join us as we discover what it means to live together in a community of grace.


  Our Discipleship Model  Our Leaders  Our Core Values

Discipleship at GCPC


It is the church’s mission to make and develop disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Simply put, A disciple is someone who seeks to worship and follow Jesus in all areas of his or her life. Disciples seek to emulate the disciple Thomas, who fell to his knees before Jesus exclaiming, "My Lord and My God!" And disciples seek to follow Jesus in every aspect of their lives including vocations, relationships, civic roles, hobbies, service etc. The process of maturing as a Christian (discipleship) is an individual and a communal activity that has multiple contexts (in the home, one-on-one, in groups, and as a whole church body).

The elders of GCPC have, for the sake of clarity, defined what we hope to see in people’s lives as they worship and follow Jesus. Our desire is that disciples at GCPC would be:

Drawn together by God's grace to delight in Jesus Christ, to depend on Him and others and to dangerously live out the gospel.

Obviously, this definition is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Rather, it is an attempt by one group of elders to bring focus and clarity to both our goal in discipleship and the avenues of discipleship at GCPC. It is our prayer that this would be helpful for newcomers, members, and leadership alike by providing a common page and language for us to communicate over.

With the above as our goal, here are the avenues through which we hope people will grow as disciples.


Delighting

Through active and regular worship on Sunday mornings

Through individual, household, or community Bible reading, reflection and prayer


Depending

Through becoming members of the church and placing themselves under the shepherding care of the leaders of the church

Through being known and knowing others in gospel-centered friendships


Living Dangerously

Through sacrificial service in the church and out in the community

Through sharing the hope of the gospel with those outside of the church (Community Groups are a primary context)

GCPC Staff


Clint Dowda

Clint Dowda
Senior Pastor

Clint Dowda joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as the Pastor in the summer of 2004, returning home to his Richmond roots after many years in North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!) with a degree in Psychology and Religion in 1992. He then earned an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1998. Clint served as an Associate Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church from 1999-2004 before leaving to join Grace Community. He has been married to Jennifer Wallace Dowda since 1995. They have 4 children: Sergey, Olivia, Harry, and Samuel. Clint enjoys tennis, reading, watching ACC sports and running…sometimes.


Melissa Outhous

Melissa Outhous
Administrator

Melissa Outhous joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as Administrator in January 2005. She is a native of Mechanicsville. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with an Accounting degree in 1991 and worked to obtain her CPA license. She later continued her studies to get a MBA in Finance from Temple University in 1995. She held various accounting positions at both public and private corporations. During that time, she married her husband, Dave, in 1993. They currently reside in Mechanicsville with their 4 children named Josh, Kathryn, Victoria and Ashleigh. She enjoys running and traveling in her free time.


Chris Cartwright

Chris Cartwright
Dir. of Student and Adult Ministries

Chris joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as the Director of Student and Adult Ministry in July 2013. Chris was excited to return to Richmond, the home of some of his fondest memories. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 with a degree in Fine Arts. He then lived in Springfield VA and served as the Middle School Director at Immanuel Bible Church for ten years while taking classes at Capital Bible Seminary. He now pursues an MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary while working part-time at Grace Community. He has been married to Megan Jenkins Cartwright since 2002. They have 3 children, Olivia, Anna and Ethan.


Julie Best

Julie Best
Dir. of Children's Ministries

Julie joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as the Grace Kids Director in the summer of 2008. She grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Grove City College in 1997 with an Early Childhood/Elementary Education degree. After moving to Virginia, she continued her studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Reading education from the University of Virginia in 2001. During her 7 years in the classroom, she taught several different grades. Julie and her husband Brad have been married since 1998 and currently reside in Hanover County with their 3 children, John, Ruthie, and Ben. She enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, any opportunity for a beach trip, and Steelers football.


Erin Holler

Erin Holler
Dir. of Women's Ministries

Erin became the Director of Women’s Ministry in 2016. The role is a departure from her 15-year career in nonprofit management and fundraising during which she had the privilege to work with dozens of organizations and ministries in the Richmond area. She has an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. Erin and her husband, Mike, settled in Richmond in 2002 and now live in Hanover County with their children, Hope and Will. She loves dogs, food, and impromptu gatherings of friends and neighbors.


Noelle Anna

Noelle Anna
Student Ministry Intern

Hi, I’m Noelle Anna and I am so excited to be the Student Ministry intern here at GCPC this summer as I loved having youth interns when I was in middle and high school. Some of you may know me since I have been a semi-regular attender since moving to Mechanicsville in the Fall of 2012. I just graduated from the University of Richmond and will be starting graduate school at George Washington University in the fall to pursue my Master of Forensic Molecular Biology. I enjoy cooking, playing, watching or talking about sports, running, camping, and of course watching Netflix. I am looking forward to getting to know the youth better this summer!


GCPC Elders


Brad Best

Brad Best

Since GCPC began, Brad has loved seeing how God has led our church through relying on Him for our every need.  The Lord has done this by challenging our church body, and Brad and his family, to live out the mission and vision of GCPC through involvement in several ministries within and outside of our church and church planting initiatives.  Brad, along with his wife Julie and children John, Ruthie and Ben live in the Atlee area and enjoy cheering for all Pittsburgh sports teams and being involved in several activities within our community.


Clint Dowda

Clint Dowda

Clint Dowda joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as the Pastor in the summer of 2004, returning home to his Richmond roots after many years in North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!) with a degree in Psychology and Religion in 1992. He then earned an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1998. Clint served as an Associate Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church from 1999-2004 before leaving to join Grace Community. He has been married to Jennifer Wallace Dowda since 1995. They have 4 children: Sergey, Olivia, Harry, and Samuel. Clint enjoys tennis, reading, watching ACC sports and running…sometimes.


Dave Outhous

Dave Outhous

Dave has lived in Richmond since 1995. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA and came to Richmond with his wife, Melissa (a native Richmonder), to work for Circuit City. He and his wife were on the original church plant team for Grace Community. He is a graduate of Clemson University and has been a small business owner since the collapse of Circuit City.  He and Melissa have been married since 1993 and have four kids: Josh, Kathryn, Victoria and Ashleigh.


Jim Owecke

Jim Owecke

Jim has been married to his wife Diane Cox Owecke since 1986 and they have been blessed with 2 children, Daniel and Joseph, who are now grown men.  In his role as elder he has enjoyed serving and leading in Community Groups, Men’s Fellowship, Mercy Ministry, Family Shepherding and Diaconal Support.  Jim enjoys golfing, reading, grilling, epic movies and following the Chicago Cubs, Buffalo Sabres and Virginia Tech Hokies.


Ross Miller

Ross Miller

Ross, his wife Sandy, and their two boys, Sean and Ben, have been with Grace since 2004.  As an elder, Ross has been blessed to be a part of Community Groups, Prayer Ministry, Grace Kids and Family Shepherding.


Charlie Oates

Charlie Oates

Charlie Oates is originally from Connecticut. He met his wife Sarah at JMU, they later married and moved to Mechanicsville where Sarah grew up and had a job as a teacher. Charlie has been working in the local legal community since 2005. He and Sarah are thankful to the Lord for their four kids, Avery, Maddie, Cooper and Gretchen. They both have been encouraged by being involved in their community group and teaching middle school Sunday school. Charlie enjoys being outside with his family, following Boston sports teams and wasting his time playing fantasy sports.


GCPC Deacons


Scott Liesinger

Scott Liesinger

Scott is married to his best friend, Megan, and the Lord has blessed them with 5 children (Madeline, Simeon, Evelyn, Moriah and Alethia).  Scott has a strong passion for God's Word and enjoys serving others in numerous ways.  As deacon, he has served the body of Grace by heading the Mercy Ministry.


Joe Pajic

Joe Pajic

Joe and his wife Kathy celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2016 and have been members at GCPC since 2010. They have three grown children (one of whom is a GCPC member herself) and five grandchildren. Joe and Kathy are active in serving the church on the welcome team. Joe chairs the Diaconate and serves in various ways among the church.


Ed Buchanan

Ed Buchanan

Ed Buchanan and his family have been attending Grace Community since our church body first met. He moved to the Richmond area in 1996 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been married to Lori since 2001 and together they have three boys: Evan, Hayden, and Dylan. Ed has been serving GCPC as a Deacon since 2012. He has led a Small Group, taught Children's Worship, worked the Video and Audio during worship service, and assists the congregation as God calls. In his spare time, Ed enjoys coaching soccer for his young boys, working with his hands, fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling.


Eric Agustin

Eric Agustin

Eric along with his wife Karin and children Elliana, Carson, and Kai have been attending Grace since 2005.  He has been a Deacon since 2012  helping with the Finance, Mercy and Men's ministries.


Dave Reppard

Dave Reppard

Dave and Leslie married in 1972 following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. Although not Christians at that time, together they came to know the Lord in 1981. Dave served 40 years as a Naval Officer and Special Agent with NCIS, during which time he and Leslie moved ten times and therefore were members of many different churches. They have been blessed with a daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. Upon retiring in 2012 Dave & Leslie moved to Mechanicsville to be nearer to their grandchildren. They immediately felt the Lord’s calling to join GCPC and serve missionally within and outside our church. Dave is both honored and humbled to serve as one of GCPC’s Deacons.


Mike Holler

Mike Holler

Originally from Pennsylvania, Mike moved to Richmond in 2001 for a company transfer and married his college sweetheart Erin in 2002. Mike and Erin joined Grace Community Presbyterian Church as part of the church plant team. Mike is a graduate of Lehigh University with an Engineering degree. He enjoys golfing, GCPC softball, and pulling for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike and Erin have two wonderful children, Hope and Will.


   Drawn together by grace

From every corner of the world and throughout all the ages, God has been rescuing people who are desperately trying to make it on their own. He has been fulfilling his promise – “I will take you as my people and I will be your God,” (Exodus 6:7, New International Version) – by drawing these orphans into the warmth and full acceptance of lives as sons and daughters of the living God.

He does this because he is rich in mercy and grace. He does it even though it cost him his Son Jesus Christ. The Gospel (literally, “good news”) is this: Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died. By the power of his resurrection, Jesus came back from the dead and we, by grace and through faith, are restored. We are drawn together as God’s people by his grace. We neither earn it nor deserve it. But God is now pleased to call us his children on account of what Jesus has done. And this changes everything. We are freed to pursue real life.


   Delighting in Jesus Christ

The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that we were created “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” While we derive great pleasure from our gatherings as a worshipping community on Sunday mornings, we also recognize this delighting in God is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week activity. Our enjoyment and worship of God touches us in every aspect of our lives: as we work, as we serve those in need, as we exercise, as we study, as we live.

God designed this delight to be experienced with others. God himself exists in Three Persons (the Trinity) modeling that life is best lived together. We are truly brothers and sisters with God as our Father, and therefore we place a high value on our life together. From sharing meals with one another, loving and caring for those in our own households, meeting in community to encourage and build each other up, serving those around us together, resting with our brothers and sisters, we grow as one body enjoying our God.


   Depending on Him and others

We will seek to celebrate our dependence on God and others, as we wrestle within an environment that exalts radical independence. Although we tend to run from dependence on anyone or anything (including God), our dependent nature is demonstrated both in how we come to Christ and how we grow in Christ. He is the one who pursues us and bring us to real life. And he is the one who gives us two main avenues through which he can grow us – his word and prayer.

Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant reformer, once commenting about the success of the Reformation said, “I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word: I did nothing…the Word did it all”. We will study Scripture on Sunday mornings through preaching and in other contexts during the week. We know that God reveals himself and transforms us through a pursuit of him in his Word.

We will also assert our radical dependence on God by being marked as a church of prayer. We must prepare and sustain everything we do in prayer. Prayer, not merely something we “use” when in trouble, is the ongoing conversation where we declare our dependence on God. Prayer is often difficult because we would rather try harder than wait on God to move. We need help even here to learn how to rest in this most glorious gift to the church – dialogue with our God.

Our hope is that prayer will be an integral part of every facet of the church whether in corporate worship, community groups, one-on-one conversations, serving in the city, preparing a meal, or living as a household. We will ask the Spirit to make us a church that prays without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We will come together to raise and thank him for his character and work in our lives, confess sin and ask for forgiveness, and ask him to move in our church, our city, and our world.

Lastly, we will depend on one another, the community of people where he promises to dwell. We need each other not just on Sunday mornings but throughout the week. Sharing life with others is not easy – it is often messy and usually requires a lot of patience, forgiveness and repentance. But it is also God’s creative design for his church and we eagerly anticipate the experience of God’s presence and transforming power in the midst of our community.


   Living dangerously in service to our neighbors

When God calls Abraham to lead the nation of Israel, he tells him that he is being blessed in order to be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3). In the same way, we earnestly desire to share our new lives as sons and daughters of the loving Father with other lonely souls. While we are keenly aware that we don’t have life all figured out, we do know this: that in Christ, God has richly blessed us with more than we could ask or imagine. He has given us his Holy Spirit and this allows us to move out in love towards others, despite our inclinations to care only for ourselves.

As needy people ourselves, what can we offer our neighbors? The gospel. The gospel alone addresses the full range of our needs as well as those of our neighbors: spiritual (relationship with God), psychological (relationship with self – e.g. shame, fear, etc.), social (relationship with other people), and physical (relationship with the world – physical bodies, environment, etc.) [Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy, 46-49]. Therefore, we will attempt to bless our neighbors by sharing the gospel in every area of our lives. We will do so by proclaiming the good news of Jesus in word and deed, following the example of our Savior. Jesus Christ in his Incarnation came to the world and demonstrated his care in being identified with it. He met the full range of his neighbors’ needs. Therefore, we desire as a church to be incarnational in our love for our neighbors. We want to be there for those who God is calling us to love. Our prayer is that Hanover as a county and Richmond as an entire city will be prosperous and peaceful as a result of how the Spirit uses Grace Community and his church as a whole.

We intend to be outwardly focused locally and internationally. Therefore, we will partner to plant churches that reach communities with the gospel both in word and deed in the Richmond metro area. We will also seek to connect with Christ’s church across the world in faithfulness to the Great Commission in order to reach the ends of the earth with this Good News.

What will it cost us? Here is where the “dangerous” part comes in – Everything. Jesus told this parable when assessing the value of the kingdom of heaven: “…it is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46). It will cost us everything to follow Jesus and build his church. Following Jesus at this point will infringe on our time (it is sometimes inconvenient to love our neighbors and bless others), on our talents (we will expend them for the benefit of others and learn in our weaknesses the sufficiency of God’s grace) and our treasure (God calls us to give generously and sacrificially in proportion to what we have been given). It will mean a death to our self-serving dreams, but a birth to the real adventures of life in the kingdom of God.

On the other hand, what will it cost us? Nothing. Paul knew that life is hard for a believer, and yet he said that “…our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Since we are united to Jesus, the gospel is a renewing source of encouragement as we are conformed more and more into the image of our Savior for the task of selfless service and love for our neighbors.

Our humble prayer is that God will say of Grace Community Presbyterian Church, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:31), and that he will receive all honor and glory due his name for using even us to build his kingdom.


   Planting churches to further the Gospel

In order to further explain our vision (“we intend to partner with others in a gospel-centered church planting movement”), the elders of GCPC compiled a paper in the summer of 2010. If you would like to discuss it further please contact one of the elders.

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Our Mission

Grace Community Presbyterian Church is a worshipping community drawn together by God’s grace to delight in Jesus Christ, to depend on him and others, and to live dangerous lives in service to our neighbors in Hanover County, the Greater Richmond Area, and to the ends of the earth.


Our Vision

Boldly trusting God’s transforming grace among ordinary people, we intend to partner with others in a gospel-centered church planting movement that brings glory to God and proclaims in word and action the transforming message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in order to seek the peace and prosperity of Hanover County and all of Richmond and to make a welcomed difference in the spiritual, social, cultural, and relational life of the city and to the ends of the earth.



  Location

Chickahominy Middle School
9450 Atlee Station Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

We are a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

  Origins

Established: March 2005
Church plant of West End Presbyterian Church.

We have a passion for impacting the lives of those living in the community around us, and we have a variety of ministries for people to get involved in to be ministered to or to minister to someone else.

Helped to plant Northside Church and City Church.

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Adults

The Adult Ministries of Grace Community intend to produce transformed lives in men and women through hearts and minds that are renewed by God’s Spirit and through God’s Word. These ministries provide a context for worshiping God, encouraging one another, and serving others. Our goal is to foster God-honoring faithfulness in all the different contexts of our relationships.

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Children and Students

From the earliest age, Grace Community wants our children to hear the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, to hear of His power, and His great love for them. Our desire is for them to know that God loves them, that Jesus died for them personally, and to know their true identity as children of God. This support continues through various stages of life as they build community and find hope.

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Missions

At Grace Community we have a great longing to see the Lord’s name exalted throughout the earth. We believe the Bible when it tells us that one day people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation will worship the Lord (Rev. 7). However, that day has not yet come. There are still many places where people have not seen or heard an authentic expression of the Gospel that makes sense in their culture.

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Friends with Disabilities

Grace Community has an inclusive ministry to students and adults with disabilities. In partnering with Young Life Capernaum (YLC) and helping to found Friends For Life (FFL), GCPC attempts to fulfill this mission: creating and connecting students and adults with disabilities (and their families) to the church so that all of us have friendships, adventures, spiritual growth and opportunities to serve.

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Music and Prayer

We believe that our ultimate purpose as humans is to glorify and enjoy God forever, or in other words, to live a life of worship. We desire this worship to be God-centered, Biblically-based, and clear in its presentation of Christ. Whether through music, prayer or other forms, God will not just be present in our worship, but will change us through these acts to be more and more like Him.

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Support Ministries

Behind every good pastor is a support staff and volunteers that help keep things running. Whether it is through physical setup and takedown of the rooms for our Sunday worship service, welcoming new people and visitors to our community of worship, or making sure we are being good stewards of what God has given us, these ministries are just as important as the more visible roles.

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Ministry Details

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Sunday Communities


After the service, there is a time of fellowship from 10:45-11:00 with snacks provided. During the school year, join us during the 11 o'clock hour where there are options for all ages to study God's word. Currently, we have 4 Sunday Communities for adults and high schoolers to experience together: Responding to God (two separate groups for men and women), Experiencing God (for those with and without disabilities), and Discovering God (open to anyone).


Community Groups


What is a Community Group?

These small groups of 6-16 individuals generally meet at least three times each month in the homes of church members. Community Groups provide the central context for the expression of Christian nurture in our church for adults. Community Groups include the study of God’s Word, regular practice of prayer, worship, sharing, and mission. These groups provide: a place where we can experience authentically “Christ in our midst”, a place where we enjoy fellowship and friendship, a place where we experience continual life change, and a place where kingdom outreach is encouraged.


How do I join a Community Group?

Joining a small group is easy. Our groups are always accepting new members. Additionally, twice a year we look to start new groups or re-form current groups. If you are interested in joining a group, contact our Senior Pastor Clint Dowda.


Men's Ministry


Accountability Groups

There are a number of small men’s groups that meet regularly for accountability and encouragement. If you are interested in being in a group or starting one. Contact Clint Dowda for more information.


Fellowship Times and Retreat

The men of the church gather about 4-5 times a year for various fellowship times (e.g., going to a Squirrels game, enjoying a Crabfest, gathering for a meal and prayer, serving in the community, etc.). Annually, we retreat for a concerted time of fellowship, worship, and study over a spring weekend. Contact Eric Agustin for more information.


Softball and Basketball

During the summer, Grace Community fields a men’s softball team in a local Hanover County league. During the winter, Grace Community fields a men’s basketball team in a local Hanover County league. Contact Thomas Woods for more information.


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Women's Ministry


The goal of women’s ministry is connecting and equipping women for service to the Lord through delightful, dependent, and dangerous living. We pursue this goal through gatherings for women (not necessarily about women) including weekly studies, regular fellowship times, intergenerational friendships, and an annual retreat.

Bible Study and Prayer

Women of all ages gather to study and delight in God’s Word on Friday mornings from September-May. The time includes a large-group discussion of the selected Bible study and time to pray for one another in a small-group setting. Childcare is provided. Contact Erin Holler for more information.


Fellowship Times and Retreat

GCPC women and their friends get together 4-6 times a year (e.g. sharing a meal, listening to a speaker, making the most of a service opportunity, etc.) Our goal is to have fun as we grow in relationship with and dependence on one another and Christ, and live dangerously in serving our community together. Every fall, we purposefully set aside a weekend for a retreat of fellowship, worship, and study. Contact Erin Holler for more information.


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Nursery Care


"...Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them."~Mark 10:14-16

In the Nursery, we have the awesome opportunity of showing our children the gift of Jesus and His love for them from an early age. We provide a safe, engaging environment for our young children (birth – 3 years) to hear the gospel and see Jesus’ love lived out through the service of our nursery workers. Nursery is provided during our worship service and fellowship time (9:30-11:00) as well as during the Sunday Community time (11:00-11:55). We have three nurseries available at Grace Community, all located within the school library and staffed by Grace Community members during the whole morning.


Infant Nursery

Our infant nursery is for children from birth until they turn one or are walking confidently (graduation to the Walker nursery is at the parents’ discretion). We want all infants to feel God’s love by the way they are loved and cared for while in the nursery.


Walker Nursery

Our walker nursery is for children who have graduated from the infant nursery until their second birthday. The children stay in this area for the entire worship service but then are combined with the infants during the Sunday Community time. We want all of our walkers to feel the love of Christ through songs, books and the care of our nursery workers.


Toddler Nursery

Our toddler nursery is for children aged 2-3 years. The toddler nursery during the worship service (9:30-11:00) is a time for toddlers to feel God’s care for them through stories, fun and play. To further help us achieve our goal of showing Jesus to our children, our 2-3 year olds participate in their own Sunday Community class from 11:00-11:55. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about God’s love for them through stories, songs, and activities.


Child Safety

The safety and nurture of children is very important to us. We have developed a policy statement that describes the important aspects of how we approach child safety.

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If you would like to get involved with the nursery ministry or have any questions, please contact Megan Liesinger or Christy Villhauer. For additional details regarding the nursery procedure, please feel free to download our informational pamphlet that provides more details.

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Grace Kids Ministry


The Grace Kids ministry covers children age 4 through the 5th grade and offers a wide variety of opportunities and activities to help children hear about our powerful God and how he loves each of them.


Children's Worship

There is a worship service offered for children four years old through third grade. Children attend the 9:30 Worship Service with their parents and are dismissed before the sermon for their children’s worship service. The goal of the children’s worship service is to train children how to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. It is set up like a mini adult service with an offering, prayer and teaching times. We help them explain each element of the service and learn to participate in corporate worship.


4th and 5th Grade Sermon Study

The children will be dismissed following the announcements and will return during the closing songs. The sermon study is an opportunity for children to discuss the sermon shared during the corporate worship service with a teacher. Questions are discussed during this time to help children think more about the material and have a deeper understanding of the passage.


Sunday Communities

Following the service we have fellowship time from 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM. Grace Kids Worship will begin at 11:00 for preschool children – fifth grade. During the school year, there will be a Sunday Community time following Grace Kids Worship beginning at 11:20 AM and ending at 11:55 AM. Sunday Community classes provide a format for children to study the bible together with their peers. The current Sunday Community classes offered are:

  • Nursery (Under 2 year olds)
  • 2 and 3 year olds
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten – 1st grade
  • 2nd – 3rd grade
  • 4th – 5th grade

Contact Julie Best for more information about the Grace Kids Ministry.


Grace Kids' Ministry Documents




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Student Ministry


Student Ministry at Grace Community is a comprehensive ministry that includes students ranging from middle school up and through college and graduate school.


Middle School and High School

Middle school and high school students are a vital part of Grace Community. We recognize that in an ever more fragmented world, our kids need community. During times of loneliness, our kids need friendship. In a world of increasing noise, our kids need truth. In a world of high expectations, our kids need unconditional love. To address these needs, the student program at Grace Community relies on the truth of relevant Bible studies, the warmth of welcoming community, the comfort of genuine relationships with adult leaders, and the adventure of faithful service in God’s kingdom at home and around the world.

Grace Community Presbyterian Church is a worshipping community drawn together by God’s grace to delight in Jesus Christ, to depend on him and others, and to live dangerous lives in service to our neighbors in Hanover County, the Greater Richmond Area, and to the ends of the earth.


Discipleship Goals for our Students (Grades 6-12)

  1. To grow as lifelong worshippers of Jesus (Delighting)
  2. To grow in their knowledge and application of the Bible (Delighting)
  3. To grow in their prayer life and other spiritual disciplines that affect their character (Delighting)
  4. To have meaningful gospel centered friendships with their peers, this includes accountability, encouragement etc. (Depending)
  5. To have meaningful gospel centered friendship and mentorship with adults (Depending)
  6. To share their faith with their friends (Dangerous)
  7. To serve others (Dangerous)
  8. To willingly becoming communing members of the church (Depending)

Additionally, we have the goal of equipping parents of students to be the primary disciplers of their children.


Student Programs


Sunday Mornings

  • Active and regular worship with the congregation
  • Sunday Community class for Middle School students following worship – group game/activity followed by small group bible study lesson
  • Middle School Students will be encouraged to sign up to help serve at the Grace Kids Fellowship Table periodically
  • High School students will select a ministry team to serve on upon entering 9 th grade (set up, nursery, children’s worship or sermon study)
  • High School students are encouraged to attend one of the four adult/student inclusive Sunday Communities: Responding to God (separate groups for men and women), Experiencing God (for those with and without disabilities), and Discovering God (open to anyone).
  • Perodic breaks from Sunday Communities for church-wide activities to build more relationships within the church (e.g Fall Picnic, GCPC Olympics, NEW scheduled Sunday Community monthly breaks Jan-April)

Bi-Monthly Academic Year Student Gatherings

  • One monthly Middle School gathering for a game/activity heavy program plus short teaching time where they could invite friends
  • One monthly High School gathering for a game/activity heavy program plus short teaching time where they could invite friends
  • Combined Middle and High School gathering to serve monthly at a re-occurring location
  • In order to accommodate students with differing schedules and service activities, this event may not occur on the same night of the week every month, but a schedule will be put out with all the dates at the beginning of the semester
  • We are looking for volunteers to be on planning teams for Middle School Events, High School Events and Combined Service Activities

Weekday Morning Discipleship Groups

  • Students gather in restaurants before school in age and gender specific groups with at least 1 adult per group of 5-8 students (preferably 2 or a high schooler apprentice teacher with an adult) They eat breakfast, fellowship, pray and study the bible together and then get rides to school
  • We partner with Restoration Church for these groups
  • We are looking for volunteers interested in leading these groups, or driving students to school from the restaraunts

Quarterly Parent Training Seminars

  • Occurs during the Sunday community hour
  • Includes specific information about student culture and development as well as biblical training
  • Provides resources that help parents connect with their students in an intentional way

Intergenerational Short-term Mission Trips and Projects

Student and adult church members, will serve in word and deed as well as encourage each other and open up lines of communication between generations while encouraging our mission partners (e.g., Granada Mission Trip Summer 2014)


Retreats

  • For some we will partner with other churches to create a high energy environment where students see that the body of Christ is bigger than just our church
  • Some would be just for our GCPC students in an intimate setting to develop deeper bonds and spend concentrated time in scripture
  • There are 4 retreats a year: 1 for Middle School only and 1 for High School only and 2 combined
  • Retreats replace a gathering event for that month for the age going on the retreat but not the service gathering

Other Events

  • Movie nights students learn to interact with culture with a healthy perspective
  • Rising 6th Grade Welcome Event (each summer)
  • Summer Gatherings operate much like the Bi-Monthly Academic Gatherings but could have more frequency in the summer since Sunday Communities cease
  • Opportunities for High School students to join in on some men’s and women’s events as appropriate or to join community groups

Contact Chris Cartwright for more information about Grace Community's specific activities for students or view our Announcements section.


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College and Graduate Students


The years of college and graduate school are a significant time for self-discovery, learning, and friendship. However, they can also be times of loneliness and growing disillusionment with traditional institutions like the church. Working alongside campus ministries, Grace Community helps to prepare young adults for the transition to employment, marriage, and regular involvement in a local church. Grace Community’s commitment to this group of people centers on relevant Biblical teaching and meaningful involvement within the overall church community with a constant focus on the day-to-day living of an authentic faith. We invite students into a wide variety of church life - from Sunday worship to Community Groups to local outreach - because we believe that each of these areas is important to them for Christian growth and maturity.

Grace Community is particularly convenient to Randolph Macon College in Ashland, but seeks to involve students from the entire Richmond area.

Contact Clint Dowda for more information about Grace Community's ministry to college and graduate school students.


  Missions

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you,O God; may all the peoples praise you." ~Psalm 67:1-3

How gracious is our Lord and Savior that He has revealed Himself to people in our area!

As the psalmist says above, when we ask God to bless us as individuals and as a church, we are actually asking him to bless us for a purpose. The psalmist asks God to bless him SO THAT he can participate in making sure his ways are known on earth. At Grace Community we have a great longing to see the Lord’s name exalted throughout the earth. We believe the Bible when it tells us that one day people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation will worship the Lord (Rev. 7). However, that day has not yet come. There are still many places where people have not seen or heard an authentic expression of the Gospel in a way that makes sense in their culture.

We don’t think our church has it all “figured out” and that we need to spread churches all around the world that look just like ours. But, we do believe that the Lord has throughout history given the Church the mission to make disciples of all people. We are simply asking the Lord to show us how to support the work he is doing in the world to reach the ends of the earth with his Kingdom. Please pray with us that the Lord will bless us with whatever we need – people, money, faith, ideas, willingness to go, etc. – so that his name will be glorified throughout the earth.

We believe that Missions ministry is for every member of Grace Community; it is not a peripheral program for “super spiritual” Christians. However, we also intentionally partner both financially and prayerfully with the work of the Lord through the following people and organizations.

We commit to participate in the ushering in of the Kingdom and look forward to the day when "I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb." ~Revelation 7:9.

If you are interested in learning more about missions, contact Debbie Staley.


International


Ted and Carolyn - Prague, Czech Republic

Global Scholars – Ted and Carolyn partner to reach folks in a postmodern/post Christian environment. Ted teaches worldview classes at a local college. They host movie nights, discussions groups, Bible studies and develop one-on-one relationships to share the Gospel.


Beth - Uganda

Scripture Union Uganda – Scripture Union has children and youth ministries that include residential camps, school clubs, neighborhood holiday programs, and values-based education programs in the schools. Beth is active in training staff and encouraging the growth of clubs in South Sudan and Ethiopia.


JJ and Susan - Spain

Through their work, JJ and Susan are trying to be authentic expressions of the Gospel for immigrants, university students and the surrounding community.


Kelly and Stephen - Spain

Building relationships and serving the surrounding community.


P and S - Asia

Ministry to displaced people.


Domestic


Intervarsity - Randolph Macon College

IV-RMC, currently student led, is a ministry to reach, encourage and equip college students with what it means to live out the Gospel.


Young Life Hanover

Young Life Hanover, led by Dave Blanco who serves as the area director, reaches out to high school students in our area, introducing them to Jesus Christ, helping them grow in their faith, impacting their lives and preparing them for the future.


Christian Counseling and Training Center

CCTC trains Biblical counselors and provides Biblical counseling and courses in personal growth and discipleship to the Richmond area.


Reformed University Fellowship - VCU

RUF, led by Harrison Ford, is a campus ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University. It is both for non-Christians to be presented with the historic person and work of Christ, as well as for Christians to grow in Christ.


CRU City - Richmond, VA

Matt and Anna Shenk relocated to Richmond, VA in August 2016 after spending many years in New York City. The vision God has given them for Richmond is to help accelerate strategic collaboration and mobilization of city leadership networks for the Gospel transformation of the city.


Richmond Christian Leadership Institute

RCLI invests in, transforms, and connects emerging Christian leaders in the metro-Richmond area through a 10-month group course in Biblical and civic education. Several at GCPC have taken this course.


Mercy


Northside Outreach Center

NOC works to bring lasting change to the Highland Park area of the Northside of Richmond through partnerships, and by providing tutoring, mentoring, discipleship and community outreach programs.


Boaz and Ruth

A ministry in the Highland Park neighborhood of the Richmond Northside that helps to rebuild lives through relationships, renew homes and businesses in the community, and provide job training for those recently in jail.


Youth Life Foundation

YLF operates Learning Centers to develop leaders by making long-term investments in children from at-risk communities in the Northside.


Church Planting


Metro Richmond Church Planting Network

Joel Passmore, who used to serve as an Elder at GCPC before helping to plant Northside Church in Richmond, works on a part-time basis as the Coordinator of the Metro Richmond Church Planting Network. Joel’s role is to encourage, support and lead this growing network of leaders and churches looking to plant new churches in Richmond and support existing ones.


Crown and Joy

Led by pastor Leon Brown, Crown and Joy Presbyterian Church is a Christ-centered congregation in South Richmond, Virginia, that is committed to glorifying the Lord Jesus by proclaiming the word of God, administering the sacraments, serving the community in word and deed, and seeking to be a church for people from various ethnic, cultural, generational, and socio-economic backgrounds.


  Friends with Disabilities

Young Life Capernaum


Capernaum, led by Alex Brito and college volunteers, is an outreach of Young Life to young people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Through loving relationships and great quality care, the goal of Capernaum is to give kids with disabilities the same chance to hear the Gospel and experience the gift of life as able-bodied kids. More information can be found on Capernaum's website.


Friends for Life


Friends for Life grew out of Young Life Capernaum and the need to have a group for those post high-school to socialize, learn about Christ and serve in the community. Its primary mission is to connect our friends with disabilities into the local church for a lifelong following of Jesus. In addition to this unique partnership with local Hanover county churches, Friends for Life also provides club events, Bible study/leadership classes, and opportunities to serve in the community. GCPC is a partnering Friends for Life church and provides its own unique discipleship experience for individuals with disabilities.


FFL and YLC Ministry Documents




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    Music and Prayer Ministries

Music Ministry


"Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." ~Psalm 115:1

We believe that our ultimate purpose as humans is to glorify and enjoy God forever, or in other words, to live a life of worship. We desire this worship to be God-centered, Biblically-based, and clear in its presentation of Christ. The goal of the worship ministry at Grace Community is to remind us of God’s merciful character and eternal faithfulness so that we repent and believe the glory of the gospel. This applies not only to the music, but to the entire service and our daily lives as well. We pray that worshipping in our community of faith helps you see both your great need and God’s great supply of grace in Jesus Christ.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."~Matthew 11:28


The Music Team in conjunction with the Elders of Grace Community have worked to create document with the Principles that Guide our time of Corporate Worship.

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If you are interested in joining a Sunday morning music team or finding out more information, please contact Randy Lee.

Prayer Ministries


"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him." ~1 John 5:14-15

"May grace and peace be yours in abundance" ~1 Peter 1:2b

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and you minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:6-7

God works through prayer not just by answering us, but also by changing us through the act of prayer. It is a visible expression of what it means that we are a dependent people of God. At Grace Community, we strive to be a community that is quick to pray – to bring God our questions, concerns, and praises… for ourselves and others. One way we do this is by creating different avenues of prayer to encourage each other to make prayer a more regular part of our lives.


Sunday Morning

In addition to corporate prayer, which is a crucial part of our Sunday morning service, we have people (including the pastors) who are available to pray with and for you right after the service (during the Fellowship time 10:45-11:00). Please come to the front of the cafeteria after the service and see a pastor or a member of the prayer team (they will have nametags on). Contact Ross Miller for more information on this aspect of our service.


Prayer Requests

During the service, you can also write your prayer requests down and drop them in the plate. They will be kept confidential to be prayed for by the staff unless you specify otherwise. You can also email them to Melissa Outhous, our administrator, with your requests and praises. This will also be kept confidential unless otherwise specified.


Prayer Chain

We have a prayer chain that is running by email. It is a great opportunity to have many in the church community join you in prayer to our God. The prayer chain email consists of anyone who desires to pray for the needs of our church and community. If you would like to join (or unsubscribe), contact Melissa Outhous, with the email address(es) of your choice.


Friday Morning Prayer

Each week our church gathers from 6:45-7:15 am at the home of the Dowdas in a time of prayer for the life of the church. Please contact Clint Dowda for more details.


Prayer Gatherings

On occasion we have evenings of prayer for the entire church. We spend time worshipping through song and prayer. Please come and join us for fellowship with each other and God. If you have new ideas of how to encourage or create new avenues where we can pray together, or with any questions or concerns about prayer, please contact Ross Miller.


    Support Ministries

Welcome Team


"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." ~John 13:34-35

As Jesus said in the Gospel of John we are to love one another. This is our goal as a Welcome Team. We hope your visit to Grace Community Presbyterian Church is one where you feel the changing power of Jesus Christ as you participate in Worship, Sunday Communities, and Fellowship time. Welcome Team members will be available each Sunday to answer any questions you have about the ministries or beliefs of Grace Community. Welcome Team members will be able to answer your questions about nursery, Sunday Communities, and all the activities going on at Grace Community during our Sunday Morning meeting time. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Grace Community.


Fellowship Center

We will have a time of fellowship between the Worship Service and Sunday Communities from 10:45 to 11:00. Snacks and drinks will be available during this time. Come and join us after the Worship Service for this time of fellowship.


Questions/Contacts

Our weekly bulletin contains an insert which allows visitors to ask questions and request prayer for the upcoming week. If you are interested in being contacted by a Welcome Team member to learn more about Grace Community, please complete the insert. The insert of the bulletin can also be used to request written information about the ministries of Grace Community. You can also contact Kathy Pajic for more information.


New Member Events

Grace Community has several events a year for our new members and visitors. Some of these events include luncheons, ice-cream socials, and pizza parties. Details regarding these events will be printed in the weekly bulletin and our website in the Announcements section. We also personally invite and encourage all visitors to join right in to the regular activities of GCPC life.


Discovering Grace

Three to four times a year, Clint Dowda and the other elders led four sessions on the mission/vision/value of Grace Community. It is a great time to learn more about GCPC and how to get connected. If one is desiring to become a member of the church, we ask that they take part. Contact Clint Dowda for more details.


Facility and Setup


The Facility & Setup Team is responsible for the setup/takedown of the rooms for our worship and Sunday Communities at Chickahominy Middle School. The setup team is a great opportunity to serve the community of our church through our physical efforts. We currently have six teams that alternate meeting on Sunday morning at 8 AM to begin setup. If you are interested in helping out, we would be very grateful for your service to Grace Community. To find out more about how you can be involved, please contact Mike Holler.


Finance Team


The overall function of this team is to manage the church finances, which includes:

  • Coordination and preparation of the annual church budget
  • Monitoring the budget and reporting quarterly regarding actual and forecasted income and expenses
  • Monitoring and overseeing church receipts and disbursements
  • Reporting to the congregation on finance matters
  • Monitoring and enforcing established finance procedures

If you are interested in finding out more information about the finance team, please contact Eric Agustin.


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