Our History

Grace Fellowship held its first services on August 16, 1996, at the Pine Grove Town Hall. Ed and Patti Arterbury, Bob and Cindy Swett, Mike and Jo Stromberg, Paul and Norma Scott and Bob and Mary Baldwin were the original founding families of the church. Pastor Dale Barrett (wife, Beverly) was the founding pastor.

The church met at the Town hall for six months until the Seventh Day Adventist Church invited us to share their facilities in Sutter Creek, where we met for four years. During that time Joel Hedlund served for a year as youth pastor before Pastor Mark Johnson, his wife, Martha and their two girls were added to our staff as associate pastor. Pastor Ward Willoughby and his wife, Claire, joined our staff there as pastor to our seniors.

We moved to the Jackson Cinemas for one exciting year and then into the storefront in Jackson in September, 2003. We added Christian Carter and his wife, Mayari, to our staff in 2005 as our minister to youth.

We purchased twenty-three acres of land in 2000 and in November, 2006, we completed our new 23,000 square feet, multi-purpose building that houses our current ministry.

One Comment on “Our History”

  • Jennifer Bush February 2, 2014 am28 7:42 am . Reply

    I am trying to locate Mike and Joe Stromberg (and Kelly). Mike and Joe were influential in my early Christian life (Jennifer Reiswig) at Grace Bible Fellowship. I am living in Sonora and attending Oak Hill Presbyterian Church and would like to say, “Hello,” if they are interested in reconnecting.

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