Grace Family Church is a faith community focused on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by helping people live Jesus-centered lives.
 
 
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415 S Kinzer Ave | New Holland, PA | 17557

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HOW DO I MEET PEOPLE?
 
Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five year- old child, a ninety-five year-old grandmother, an on-the-go busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here are some ways that you can learn, serve, and grow with our church.  
 
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LIFEgroups
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has smaller, biblically-based communities that meet in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to sixteen people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group community.
 
Each week we gather together in smaller groupings that are practical, relevant, and relational.  These times together are constantly changing, allowing us to get to know one another as a church family.  Every six weeks, our Thrive Time Groups switch up – topics, participants, and teachers.  There are Thrive Time options for every age-group, empowering exciting and easy discussion for the entire church family!When do Thrive Time Groups Meet? We “thrive together” every Sunday morning as the second half of our regular weekly worship time, typically starting at 11.20am. 
 
One of the central components to our weekly Sunday Gathering as a church family is our message time – an opportunity to hear from one of our Pastors or other guests as they open the Bible and share God’s truth with us in a relevant and accessible way. CLICK HERE for our present message series or CLICK HERE for our Podcast Archive.
 
Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is central to our DNA as a family:  we love kids because Jesus loves kids! We also have periodic events and activities outside of Sunday morning to gather our youngest ones together to build relationships and engage in community life outside the constraints of our regular weekly gathering time.
 
GRACE STUDENT MINISTRY
The teen years can be among the most challenging … for youth and parents alike!  We dedicate time Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and various other times & locations.  We have a team of youth leaders that are passionately committed to Jesus and teens … and, of course, FUN!

YOUNG ADULTS
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people. 

 
 
WOMEN CONNECTING
The verdict is in … women and men ARE different!  We have opportunities to help women connect with other women in a variety of ways, including a blossoming Moms’ Group, intentional over-coffee-conversations between just a few ladies, and events that provide the chance to rub shoulders with other women in our church family and invite along those without a church family to call home.  For more information, email us by CLICKING HERE.

FIGHT CLUB

Accountability among men is an act of integrity. Accountability is designed to protect, encourage, and develop men of all ages. Accountability groups consist of three men each. Accountability groups meet together as their schedules allow and keep in touch by email or phone.
 
CHURCH CALENDAR
Everyone has a busy schedule … and it just keeps getting busier! With that in mind, we work hard not to clutter schedules further but rather to promote those events and activities that best reflect our vision & core values. CLICK HERE to access our online calendar and see some of what is happening in our church family right now.  Can’t find something on the calendar that you’re looking for?  SEND AN EMAIL and let us know what you’re trying to find!
 
 
We emphasize age-level ministries to strengthen marriages, equip parents to be spiritual leaders in their homes, partner in training young people, and reach families in our area who don’t have a church to call their own. Click on any of the images below to find more information about several of our initiatives.
 

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WHO WE ARE

 At Grace Family Church, we strive to grow as a vibrant, relevant church family … one that serves with excellence and is excited about inviting others to experience life transformation together.  We’re guided by an unshakable desire to help people live Jesus-centered lives.

Take some time and get to know us. Spend a couple of Sundays with us in our worship gathering and use the guest card in the seat pockets if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our pastors or overseers (elders). To get in touch with us or to stay updated on what’s going on with our church family, please visit our CONTACT page.

You can read more about our beliefs, our heritage, and our partnering agencies by clicking here.
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OUR PASTORS

PASTOR TIM Lead Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Tim has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture in a practical and relevant way. Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Tim worked as a mechanical engineering tradesman for General Motors for over 5 years before pursuing ministry training. A graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary in Indiana, Tim joined the pastoral staff of Grace Family Church in 2004. Tim and his wife Heidi have three young sons and a daughter.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Tim.


PASTOR BRAD 
Executive Pastor

Brad is passionate about Jesus and the Body of Christ – the worship of our Great God, the preaching of the Gospel, the community of believers in Christ. His heart beats for the church to be and do all that Christ desires! The second most amazing day of Brad’s life (after his salvation experience with Jesus) was the day his closest and most trusted friend became his wife. Liz has become a source of inspiration, support, & joy for Brad beyond his wildest expectations. Brad and Liz are constantly kept on their feet by their three young sons.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Brad

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

WALLY FLEMING
 Overseer
Wally and Bev have been part of Grace Family church for many years.  First living in Leola, once they moved to East Petersburg, Grace Family Church was too much “home” to go anywhere else.  If the church building is unlocked, you’ll probably find one or both of them there!  While officially retired, Wally works part time with the Manheim Auto Auction, and Bev operates a bookstand at Root’s Market.
 
 
STU MARTIN  Overseer
Stu and Joanne are a long-standing part of Grace Family church.  Their family is actively involved in all aspects of our church life, with two children in the youth group and one in college.  Stu serves as one of our LifeGroup leaders, and Joanne is often found helping with our Kids’ ministries.  Stu and Joanne run a Bed & Breakfast in Terre Hill, and Stu is an accounts manager with Comcast Communications.
 
 
ERIC BURKHART  Overseer
Eric and Melissa are lifelong GFC’ers … they came up through our youth ministry, stayed as college students, plugged in as a young married couple, and now both serve actively in our youth and young adult ministries – and Eric recently stepped into our Director of Student Ministries role.  Eric is a pediatric LPN, and Melissa slings the best java this side of Columbia as a barista at the New Holland Coffee Company.
 
MINISTRY LEADERS
 
DAN KREIDER  Worship Director
Dan and Carly have been an integral part of life at GFC for many years.  Carly is a lifelong GFCer, and Dan has been part of our family since before they got married in 2011.  Dan works in digital / print marketing, web services, and media for Paul B Zimmermans, while Carly rocks it out full time as mom to three little ones and part time as an incredible baker.  Dan and Carly have two wonderful daughters and an amazing son.
 
 
ANDREW KRUG  Pastoral Intern
Andrew began interning at Grace Family in the Fall of 2016, and he has served our church family and local community faithfully since then.
 
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One of our central values is that God’s absolutes are absolutely good.  And this means that God is knowable … that He has revealed Himself to us in tangible ways, primarily in the person of Jesus Christ, specially in the recorded Scriptures we call the Bible, and evidenced throughout His creation. 
 
When we gather together on Sundays, a major component is teaching from the Bible. We often utilize series or topics to present God’s truth, but the very words of the Bible are our truth and foundation. 
 
Check back here often to find the latest in our podcast archive, whether you missed a week or were especially encouraged or challenged by a particular week’s message.
 

Oct 15, 2017
Truth Be Told – Week 2
What’s true for you might not be true for me ... or so the saying so often goes. During our discussion of #TruthBeTold, we will explore this idea of what truth really is and what it really is not. And in the end, we’ll discover where we look for truth, how truth corresponds to the reality that our Creator designed, and how believing truth is one of the most fundamental indicators of how we will live our lives. 
 
We look today at the impact that truth has on our lives - if truth is really true, I need to live this life in a way that pursues it, integrates it, and champions it.
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  • Oct 15, 2017Truth Be Told – Week 2
    Oct 15, 2017
    Truth Be Told – Week 2
    What’s true for you might not be true for me ... or so the saying so often goes. During our discussion of #TruthBeTold, we will explore this idea of what truth really is and what it really is not. And in the end, we’ll discover where we look for truth, how truth corresponds to the reality that our Creator designed, and how believing truth is one of the most fundamental indicators of how we will live our lives. 
     
    We look today at the impact that truth has on our lives - if truth is really true, I need to live this life in a way that pursues it, integrates it, and champions it.
  • Oct 8, 2017Truth Be Told – Week 1
    Oct 8, 2017
    Truth Be Told – Week 1
    What’s true for you might not be true for me ... or so the saying so often goes. During our discussion of #TruthBeTold, we will explore this idea of what truth really is and what it really is not. And in the end, we’ll discover where we look for truth, how truth corresponds to the reality that our Creator designed, and how believing truth is one of the most fundamental indicators of how we will live our lives. 
     
    We look today at one of the foundational aspects of understanding truth by examining what our worldviews are ... and what they should be!
  • Oct 1, 2017It’s Just a Phase – Week 4
    Oct 1, 2017
    It’s Just a Phase – Week 4
    Every stage of life brings its own unique share of adventure, joy, questions, and challenges ... and no two stages are alike! This month, we're looking at a variety of life stages - different PHASES of life - from God’s own perspective. 
     
    Today, Pastor Tim explores the final PHASE of the life God has gifted to each of us, discovering what the latter years of this life should really be all about.
  • Sep 24, 2017It’s Just a Phase – Week 3
    Sep 24, 2017
    It’s Just a Phase – Week 3
    Every stage of life brings its own unique share of adventure, joy, questions, and challenges ... and no two stages are alike! This month, we're looking at a variety of life stages - different PHASES of life - from God’s own perspective. 
     
    Today, Pastor Brad discusses the broad, complex, and inherently GOOD phase of ADULTHOOD.
  • Sep 17, 2017It’s Just a Phase – Week 2
    Sep 17, 2017
    It’s Just a Phase – Week 2
    Every stage of life brings its own unique share of adventure, joy, questions, and challenges ... and no two stages are alike! This month, we're looking at a variety of life stages - different PHASES of life - from God’s own perspective. 
     
    Today, Pastor Tim discusses the mysterious and exciting phase of life called adolescence.
  • Sep 10, 2017It’s Just a Phase – Week 1
    Sep 10, 2017
    It’s Just a Phase – Week 1
    Every stage of life brings its own unique share of adventure, joy, questions, and challenges ... and no two stages are alike! This month, we're looking at a variety of life stages - different PHASES of life - from God’s own perspective. 
     
    Today, Pastor Tim walks us through the importance of pointing the youngest among us to Jesus in authentic, intentional ways.
  • Aug 27, 2017Loving ELANCO – Week 2
    Aug 27, 2017
    Loving ELANCO – Week 2
    Perhaps the best known passage in all of Scripture comes from the book of John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. During our Loving ELANCO series, we’ll learn how we can love the world that Jesus came to save and step out in tangible ways to impact our community.
     
    In today's message, we dig deeper into what it means to love ELANCO, focusing on defining WHAT love really is, WHY we are supposed to love others, and HOW that love manifests in the world around us.  We conclude with a push to engage in our unique community impact initiative this coming Sunday.
  • Aug 20, 2017Loving ELANCO – Week 1
    Aug 20, 2017
    Loving ELANCO – Week 1
    Perhaps the best known passage in all of Scripture comes from the book of John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. During our Loving ELANCO series, we’ll learn how we can love the world that Jesus came to save and step out in tangible ways to impact our community.
     
    In today's message, we discover the big picture of what it means to love ELANCO, focusing on both WHERE we're supposed to love and WHO we're supposed to love.  We also take a moment to discuss the events of Charlottesville last weekend.
  • Aug 13, 2017Summer Playlist – Guilt & Forgiveness
    Aug 13, 2017
    Summer Playlist – Guilt & Forgiveness
    SUMMER IS HERE, AND IT HAS A PLAYLIST. We’re taking a few weeks this summer to discover some of the playlists we find in the Bible ... songs that we have been given to help guide us, to inspire us, to console us, and many other things. You see, the book of Psalms in the Bible is really a divine collection of music and poetry that can form the most powerful playlists we’ve ever encountered. It’s time to listen to the music.
    On today's playlist, we discover the music of guilt and forgiveness - and the essential piece to moving from a place of shame into the life of freedom and purpose we were designed to live.  Listen as we discover how to bridge that seemingly impossible divide.
  • Aug 6, 2017Summer Playlist – Fear & Courage
    Aug 6, 2017
    Summer Playlist – Fear & Courage
    SUMMER IS HERE, AND IT HAS A PLAYLIST. We’re taking a few weeks this summer to discover some of the playlists we find in the Bible ... songs that we have been given to help guide us, to inspire us, to console us, and many other things. You see, the book of Psalms in the Bible is really a divine collection of music and poetry that can form the most powerful playlists we’ve ever encountered. It’s time to listen to the music.
    On today's playlist, we discover the music of fear and courage - and the essential piece to moving from a place of fear into the courageous life we were designed to live.  Listen as we discover how to bridge that seemingly impossible divide.

Also available as an iTunes podcast.  Please
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IF YOU ARE OUR GUEST, please don’t feel compelled to give.  We provide opportunities for those who call Grace Family Church their home to worship through giving and to support the ministries and initiatives of our church, both in our corporate gatherings as well as through this online portal.  If you are just getting to know us, we don’t want you to feel any compulsion to give.  Just relax and join us in seeking to worship the One who made us and loves us! 
 
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At Grace Family Church, we believe that how we manage our resources as individuals and as a faith community is very important.  The Bible is full of illustrations, commands, and proverbs showing us that what we do with our money matters.  
 
To facilitate regular giving as well as special project opportunities, we have partnered with EasyTithe, an organization that helps ease this process.  This partnership enables us to maximize security and ease-of-use with minimal overhead.  Rest assured, this site utilizes top-of-the-industry protection and encryption policies to make sure all of your data stays secure.
 
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