Who We Are
Our identity. Grace Church is made up of ordinary people who believe that the message of Jesus Christ as revealed in the bible, is good news for the communities of the Isle of Wight. We are an independant evangelical church, which means we are not tied to any particular denomination, but neither are we a sect or cult. Rather, we are committed to the historic teachings of the Christian faith, as revealed in the bible.
Our mission. Our mission is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We seek to do this as we Engage with the communities around us, Evangelise by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with interested enquirers, Establish Christians in the faith, helping them to develop deep roots and fruitful lives, and Equip Christians to be able to help make more disciples themselves.
Why Grace? 'Grace' is a hugely significant bible word that means 'undeserved kindness'! It expresses the central message of the bible, that before we paid God even the slightest attention, he loved us and sent his son the Lord Jesus to be our rescuer, by dying on a cross in our place.
This message of God's extravagant 'grace', means that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can have forgiveness for the past, God with us in the present, and an eternal future to come. Its a staggering message, the reason we're here, and one that we'd love to help you discover more about!
Our People. The church is served by Elders and Deacons. The Elders are responsible for the Spiritual Leadership of the church, supported by a team of Deacons who serve in the practical and administrative area's. The church also employs a Pastor (or Minister) who is one of the elders and has particular responsiblity for bible teaching within the church.
Steve Bell, the current pastor, was Brought up in Surrey, where he gave his life to the Lord at the age of ten. He was previously involved in the leadership of both established church's and a new church plant, before coming to take up the pastorate of Beulah Evangelical Church in Seaview in 2006, and taking up the pastorate of Grace Church in 2011. Steve is married to Esther and they have four children, which leaves little spare time! But when they do get some, Steve and Esther love nothing more than to be in the mountains.
To find out more about what makes us 'tick' as a family of God's people, why not check out the 'what we believe' page here.