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.  
 
CLICK on any heading below for more information.
 
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.
 
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!
 
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 (FUSION)
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. 
 
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.
 
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.
 

Apr 15, 2018
Too Good To Be True – S2E2 (Colossians 3.15-4.2)
There are times when the Bible seems like a complex rule book designed to be some kind of cosmic killjoy ... but this is a radical misunderstanding of the power of Scripture!  Instead of being a killjoy, the Bible directs us how to orient our lives in such a way as to enter into the greatest, most ecstatic joy that is humanly possible by helping to realign our living to our design. 
 
Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season Two of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.
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  • Apr 15, 2018Too Good To Be True – S2E2 (Colossians 3.15-4.2)
    Apr 15, 2018
    Too Good To Be True – S2E2 (Colossians 3.15-4.2)
    There are times when the Bible seems like a complex rule book designed to be some kind of cosmic killjoy ... but this is a radical misunderstanding of the power of Scripture!  Instead of being a killjoy, the Bible directs us how to orient our lives in such a way as to enter into the greatest, most ecstatic joy that is humanly possible by helping to realign our living to our design. 
     
    Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season Two of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.
  • Apr 8, 2018Too Good To Be True – S2E1 (Colossians 3.1-14)
    Apr 8, 2018
    Too Good To Be True – S2E1 (Colossians 3.1-14)
    We spent our first season of Too Good To Be True looking at the amazing person, work, and prominence of this man called Jesus.  In our second season, we look at what impact He has on who we are and what we do.  We start by examining what change looks like for those who have encountered Jesus. 
     
    Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season Two of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.
  • Apr 1, 2018Red Letter Day – Week 5
    Apr 1, 2018
    Red Letter Day – Week 5
    The day that Jesus died on the cross, we was executed between two criminals, between two men that deserved the punishment they were experiencing, unlike Jesus.  One thief turned towards Jesus, one turned away ... and we learn today that we are all one thief or the other, and only one of them heard the words, "Today I will see you in paradise."
     
    A red letter day is one that is marked by significance, by something that will be remembered and that will leave a lasting mark on the world around us. 2000 years ago, there was a red letter day like no other, when the fundamentals of this world were turned on their head. On that day, the One who changed everything cried out several powerful truths, and we can learn more than we can imagine from looking into them.
  • Mar 25, 2018Red Letter Day – Week 4
    Mar 25, 2018
    Red Letter Day – Week 4
    After suffering more than the collective suffering of all humanity - past, present, & future - Jesus utter the words "It is finished" from the cross.  Within these simple words is packed the fullness of the good news that Jesus came to preach ... namely, that the full price of our sins has been paid and made available to all those who will accept it.
     
    A red letter day is one that is marked by significance, by something that will be remembered and that will leave a lasting mark on the world around us. 2000 years ago, there was a red letter day like no other, when the fundamentals of this world were turned on their head. On that day, the One who changed everything cried out several powerful truths, and we can learn more than we can imagine from looking into them.
  • Mar 18, 2018Red Letter Day – Week 3
    Mar 18, 2018
    Red Letter Day – Week 3
    While Jesus hung dying on the cross, he cried out the words, "I thirst."  We explore today the richness of these simple words, pointing us to the uniquely human-yet-divine experience Jesus bore on the cross.  We learn that His example can point us to what matters most, both in this life and the one to come.
     
    A red letter day is one that is marked by significance, by something that will be remembered and that will leave a lasting mark on the world around us. 2000 years ago, there was a red letter day like no other, when the fundamentals of this world were turned on their head. On that day, the One who changed everything cried out several powerful truths, and we can learn more than we can imagine from looking into them.
  • Mar 11, 2018Red Letter Day – Week 2
    Mar 11, 2018
    Red Letter Day – Week 2
    As we continue to explore the incredibly human, unmistakably divine final words of Jesus on the day when He paid the ultimate price for our sins, we struggle through the idea of forgiveness today, wrestling with the thought that forgiveness is both one of the greatest needs we have while also being one of our greatest challenges to extend.
     
    A red letter day is one that is marked by significance, by something that will be remembered and that will leave a lasting mark on the world around us. 2000 years ago, there was a red letter day like no other, when the fundamentals of this world were turned on their head. On that day, the One who changed everything cried out several powerful truths, and we can learn more than we can imagine from looking into them.
  • Mar 4, 2018Red Letter Day – Week 1
    Mar 4, 2018
    Red Letter Day – Week 1
    Though it is a real and powerful truth that we can experience real joy in connecting with God, there still exists pain, suffering, and great difficulties in this life.  And yet - despite them all - we an rest in the fact that God is good, that He is with us, and that He is for us because of Jesus.
     
    A red letter day is one that is marked by significance, by something that will be remembered and that will leave a lasting mark on the world around us. 2000 years ago, there was a red letter day like no other, when the fundamentals of this world were turned on their head. On that day, the One who changed everything cried out several powerful truths, and we can learn more than we can imagine from looking into them.
  • Feb 25, 2018Too Good To Be True – S1E5 (Col 2.16-23)
    Feb 25, 2018
    Too Good To Be True – S1E5 (Col 2.16-23)
    True life, true spirituality, true religion is not found in following complex sets of rules, in finding hidden or secret knowledge, or by denying all experience of pleasure in this world.  Instead, it is found in a single, eternity-shifting way of living:  following Jesus
     
    Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season One of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.
  • Feb 18, 2018Too Good To Be True – S1E4 (Col 2.6-2.15)
    Feb 18, 2018
    Too Good To Be True – S1E4 (Col 2.6-2.15)
    Eternity is a reality that doesn't start at some distant time in the future, but one that began with the inception of creation and for each of us when we were born ... we're already in eternity.  And that eternity - my eternity - pivots directly on how I believe about one central idea: who is Jesus?
     
    Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season One of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.
  • Feb 11, 2018Too Good To Be True – S1E3 (Col 1.24-2.5)
    Feb 11, 2018
    Too Good To Be True – S1E3 (Col 1.24-2.5)
    God wants me to be happy ... and I should ALWAYS be happy, too, right?  Well, the bible makes it clear that while God does want us to be happy (in Him), the problem of sin and suffering is very real.  While we may never fully understand the why's, where's, or how's of pain, we can rest on the powerful truth that there can be very great and glorious good that comes out of suffering.
     
    Frankie Valli once famously penned these iconic words: “You’re too good to be true - I can't take my eyes off you ... at long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive.” These words capture that distinct wonder of encountering something SO good that it seems unbelievable, and yet which draws us inexplicably toward it. As we dig into Season One of our Too Good To Be True series, we will discover a reality that is bigger and better than anything we could have hoped to imagine, and is more true than anything else we could ever discover.

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