About Us

We desire to be a church characterized by–

A Passion for God & A Mission to the World

A Passion for God. We are a God-centered, not a man-centered church. It is tempting, but ultimately frustrating to focus on our felt needs when the greatest need of our souls is to know and to enjoy our Maker. God shows His glory in all His mighty works. From creation to the cross, from the resurrection of Christ to the redemption of His people, God displays His majesty. He has made us so that we are happiest when our lives revolve around knowing and enjoying Him.

A Mission to the World. Our mission grows out of our love for God and our love for people. Because we love God we want everyone else to know and love Him as well. Because we love people, we want them to experience the joy of the Lord. We summarize our mission in the following words:

To glorify God our Father by leading our neighbors and the nations to trust and obey Jesus Christ.

Affiliation

Grace Community Church is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America through our regional association, Mission Mid-Atlantic. What does that mean?

Community. People come to us from many different religious backgrounds. They sometimes attend for quite a period of time before they join the church, and that is fine. We just love them into our church family.

Conservative. We are conservative in theology. We believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God; that it contains all we need to know for salvation and for living a life pleasing to God; and that it is without error in all that it teaches. We believe that all people are sinners both by birth and by choice. We believe that sinners are justified (declared righteous by God) only on the basis of faith in Christ.

Baptist. We practice baptism by immersion as a prerequisite for church membership, following an individual’s personal confession of faith in Christ.

Association. We do not belong to a denomination that controls our church. We are part of a voluntary association that works together in the service of God.

History

Grace Community Church was organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1983. The church purchased its property and the main building in 1987 from Open Door Baptist Church. In 1997, the church built a multi-purpose wing with its kitchen and classroom dividers.

The founding pastor, Dr. Ross Lyon, served the church for about eight years before returning to his chiropractic profession. He remains a good friend of the church. Several other pastors served on a short-term basis before Dr. LaShell came in 1994.

How To Find Us

From Highway 309/78
Take the Highway 222 exit and head south toward Reading. In ¼ mile turn left on the Kressler Road exit followed by an immediate right onto Hamilton Blvd. The next traffic light is Minesite Rd. Turn left. The church is about ½ mile down on the left-hand side of the road. 

From Kutztown
Take the 222 bypass to the Kressler Road exit, which is nearly at the end of the bypass. Turn right, then immediately right again onto Hamilton. The next traffic light is Minesite Rd. Turn left. The church is about ½ mile down on the left-hand side of the road.

From Highway 22
Take the exit for 309 south. Get off at the Highway 222 exit and head south toward Reading. In ¼ mile turn left on the Kressler Road exit followed by an immediate right onto Hamilton Blvd. The next traffic light is Minesite Rd. Turn left. The church is about ½ mile down on the left-hand side of the road.

From Emmaus
Drive north on Cedar Crest (Highway 29). Turn left onto Minesite Rd. The church is about 1 mile down Minesite on the right-hand side of the road.