Our story is one of God's grace!
Grace Bible Church began in 1980 as an independent Baptist church in the old Mount Vernon high school. Soon afterwards, we purchased a five-acre tract of wooded marshland in Lorton. We cleared the land and laid the foundation for construction of the metal warehouse type building which became First Baptist Church of Lorton. Slowly, over the next decade, the church grew, and also completed the construction and interior finishing of the building.
In 1996, the construction and development efforts of Lorton Station began, which transformed the immediate neighborhood from relatively rural to the dense suburban town center of today. Around the same time, we began a leadership study of the book of Acts that helped refine our understanding of what a church is. That study resulted in the church moving toward a leadership that consisted of a plurality of elders, the emphasis of small groups, and changing our name to "Grace Bible Church" (GBC). In 2004, GBC started the construction of a brick addition to the original aluminum frame building, helping to make the facility become aesthetically oriented toward the surrounding community and town center.
By 2006, we were a small number of faithful people, whom God persevered through the years of various changes in and out of the church; we were growing in the faith and serving Christ, but we had not grown along with the population of Lorton Station. We desired a broader base to minister and impact the expanding community. God demonstrated His creative generosity by leading Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA to partner with us by injecting additional vitality and resources. Since that time God has been steadily growing our congregation, bringing many more people who love Christ.
No church is perfect, because churches are made up of imperfect people. That sure describes us. We are not perfect, but we trust in a perfect Savior. We have certainly had our ups and downs, but God has continued to show His faithfulness to us. Our story is a story of God's grace. The Lord Jesus continues to build His church and we are humbled that we have the privilege to be apart of His kingdom expansion here, as we preach the gospel and serve this diverse and dynamic community. What's more, we are excited as we look forward to how Jesus will continue to work in and through Grace Bible Church, for His glory and His people.