1. Be a Lighthouse —
Leading people to salvation through Jesus Christ
Lifting high the infallible, living, and powerful Word of God
Loving the lost, left out, lonely, sick, and hurting. Christians should run to the sound of the pain!
2. Be a Hospice —
Give hope to those who have found the Lord with God’s promises
Give help to people who are struggling through life’s complexities
Give healing from the devastating effects that sin has on each of us
3. Be an Academy —
Teaching people about their spiritual gifts and how to use them
Teaching people to rightly interpret and apply scripture
Teaching people to find God’s will for their life
4. Be a Launching Pad —
Committing to reach the next generation behind you
Committing to be counter-cultural in your life
Committing to answer God’s call for your life
Our Core Values
The Bible: God's inerrant Word to us. We read it daily. We do what it tells us to do.
The Church: We belong to the multi-ethnic Body of Christ and are committed to loving its members and using our spiritual gifts to help it grow.
Personal Relationship to God: By grace we love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Miracles: God is supernaturally at work in our lives; we expect Him to do something wonderful.
Prayer: God is listening to our daily prayers and answering us with His awe-inspiring resources.
Ministry: We have not been sent here by God for ourselves but for others... to fulfill Christ's command to be fruitful, each member of the body must be involved in a ministry using their supernatural spiritual gifts.
Family: Strong marriages and holy families are God's best launching pad for world changers.
Health: We serve a holistic God who care us about our physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well being.
Planting New Churches: We want to give birth to new and vital congregations.
Missions: We are part of a local and global Christian movement and will participate in strategic ways for Jesus' Great Commission.
Holiness: We value both the privilege and the obligation of the Christian to share the character and nature of the Holy, triune God in love, integrity, discipleship, and service.
Stewardship: We value everything we have—resources, abilities, and our Christian tradition—as a gift from God, and understand that we are accountable to Him and to His people to be faithful stewards of all His gifts.
Passion: We value the vision of a world that is ripe for God’s harvest, knowing that winning the lost, discipling the believer, and sanctifying the called should engage our deepest spiritual passion.
People: God sent His son so that none would be lost. He also commanded that we love our neighbor as ourselves. We put a high value on every soul on earth because God does.
Our Statement of Faith
The supreme authority of the Word of God which stands written in the sixty-six books of the Holy Bible, all therein being divinely inspired by Almighty God and therefore without error or defect in the autographs. Believing the Bible to be the Word of God written, the only infallible rule of faith and practice, Grace Church asserts the authority of Scripture alone over the life of the Church and its individual members. We therefore believe that a reverent and loyal approach to the study of the Bible recognizes and affirms its full inspiration and its absolute trustworthiness as the divinely revealed and authoritative Word of God.
The one true God as Creator, Sustainer and Sovereign Ruler of the Universe, eternally existent in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with personality and deity.
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, as manifested in the flesh through a miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth, who lived a sinless life and then died on Calvary, making a full and satisfactory atonement for the sins of all men, rose bodily the third day, ascended into Heaven and is enthroned at God’s right hand as our abiding Intercessor.
The Holy Spirit as the Lord and Giver of life, taking the things of Jesus Christ and applying them to man and to his salvation and service. Assurance of personal salvation and the fruit of the Spirit are clearly distinguished from the gifts of the Spirit which are for the edification of the Church and which carry no guarantee of personal holiness or destiny.
The special original creation of man in God’s image and likeness and the willful disobedience through which man became deeply fallen and tragically lost apart from God’s redeeming grace.
The privilege and necessity of each person’s being made a new creature in Christ by the life-giving Holy Spirit, adopted into God’s family, and delivered from the penalty and practice of sinning. In this context sinning is regarded as known, willful violation of the will of God.
The second definite work of grace subsequent to regeneration, accomplished by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, thereby purifying the heart from original sin and empowering for continuous growth in grace, victorious living and fruitful service. The result of this epochal experience—termed perfect love and/or entire sanctification—is maintained by faith as expressed in continuous obedience to God’s revealed will, thus giving perfect cleansing moment by moment (Acts 15:8-9; I Thessalonians 5:23; I John 1:7-9, 4:13-21). Life in the Spirit is dynamically expressed in maturing and enabling grace to progress from glory to glory in personal holiness and Christian mission (II Corinthians 3:18).
The possibility of forfeiting divine grace and being lost since persons are Christians solely by their willing response to the gracious call and enabling of the Holy Spirit. However, backsliders may be restored to their forfeited state of grace if they truly repent and return to the Lord in obedient faith.
The Church as the living body of Christ, constituting all who are united by faith to Him as members of His body and who are under the commandment to love one another with pure and fervent hearts. While in its spiritual essence the Church is an organism created by the Holy Spirit, it is also a divine-human institution functioning visibly on earth. As an institution, its divinely assigned mission is the universal proclamation of the Gospel. Application of the Gospel in the political, social, and economic needs of mankind is inherently proper, but secondary and subservient to its primary spiritual commission.
At the end of this Age, the return of Jesus Christ to gather His Church, to judge the world and to rule over all in righteousness.
The everlasting blessedness of all who die in Christ and the everlasting pain and loss of all others.
The obligation of all who are truly Christ’s to live righteously, joyously, and sacrificially, to endeavor to bring salvation to all persons everywhere, and to express compassionate love in ministering to every kind of human need.
History of Grace Church
On Wednesday, December 9, 1959 at 7:30 pm, ten people interested in organizing an Evangelical Methodist Church met with Dr. J.H. Hamblen in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Bruner. After Dr. Hamblen gave his testimony he encouraged those present to continue their undertaking of starting a new church. The group agreed to meet each Tuesday evening for Bible study and prayer and to wait on the Lord’s leading in the organization of a new church. On July 5, 1960 a definite decision was made to begin worship services the following Sunday, July 10, 1960. Kenneth Bruner preached that day in both the morning and evening services.
On July 24, 1960 the Church was organized and the first Sunday School held. Dr. J.H. Hamblen, General Superintendent of the Evangelical Methodist Church, preached the morning and evening service. Rev. Jack Wease, the Texas District Superintendent, preached and officially organized the Church with fourteen charter members.
The members decided to name the church “First Evangelical Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Texas.” Kenneth Bruner was called to be the first pastor of this new church.
The first church building was built near the area now known as I-35 and Meacham Boulevard. It was started in November 1960 and finished in May of 1961. The first service in the new building was held on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1961. Rev. John C. Morris served as pastor (dates unknown), followed by Rev. Alex Hoover from 1972-1978.
In 1977, the church property on Meacham Boulevard was sold and land on Watauga-Smithfield Road (Western Center Boulevard) as secured for the building of Grace Evangelical Methodist Church (Grace Church) of Haltom City, Texas. Ground was broken for the building on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1978 and the building was dedicated on Sunday, January 28, 1979.
Pastor M. Robert Feldman pastored the church from 1978 until 1995 when he left to serve as a missionary in Russia. In 1995 our sister church in Hurst (Wesley EMC) sold its property and merged with Grace to become one church.Pastor J. Vernon Conner pastored the church for one year, 1996, as an interim pastor until the church called pastor, Temple ‘Ike’ E. Cowell in January 1997. Pastor Ike served as our pastor until May of 2010 at which time he became one of the denominational conference superintendents. Our current pastor Colin Conner was already on staff as co-pastor since 2008 was then called to be the senior pastor and has been serving in that capacity since May of 2010.
Evangelical Methodist Church
The Evangelical Methodist Church came into being in 1946 in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. J.H. Hamblen was elected chairman of the meeting in Memphis and as the first General Superintendent at the organizational conference in November of that year. With a firm conviction that the gulf that separates conservative and liberal thought in the church is an ever-widening chasm which can never be healed, the Evangelical Methodist Church came into being to preserve the distinctive Biblical doctrines of primitive Methodism.
In regard to the emphasis of the new organization, the minutes of the meeting in Memphis on May 9, 1946 read as follows:
J.H. Hamblen made a statement relative to the form of government and doctrines of the organization. Three things were emphasized: the need for a congregational form of government with sufficient supervision to make it connectional; the need of sound doctrine; and the need of evangelistic passion.
In praying for the new movement, Dr. Hamblen prayed: “Oh, Lord, if this movement be of Thy will, bless and prosper it; but, Lord, if not of Thy will, then let it die here and now.”
At the first conference, Dr. Ezequiel B. Vargas, Superintendent of the Mexican Evangelistic Mission, proposed that this work become a part of the Evangelical Methodist Church, which was approved.
On June 4, 1960, the Evangel Church, Inc. in session at its Annual Conference voted to unite with the Evangelical Methodist Church and thus become a part of the California District. The merger was approved by the Western Annual Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church on June 22, 1960.
On July 4, 1962, the General Conference of the Evangelical Methodist Church voted to merge with the People’s Methodist Church. The merger was finalized by vote of the People’s Methodist Church at a subsequent conference in the summer of 1962. Rev. J. Neal Anderson, General Superintendent of the People’s Methodist, was elected Superintendent of the Virginia-North Carolina District of the Evangelical Methodist Church.
Congregations are located in 27 states and inquiries are received regularly. The Evangelical Methodist Church serves in 20 other countries of the world through various organizations.