In 1962, six Wichita Falls families started a Sunday night home Bible study taught by a Dallas Theological Seminary student. By early 1963, these families decided that God was leading them to begin a new local church and Grace Church came into existence.
In 1968, we hired our first full-time pastor. At that time, we were meeting in another church’s auxiliary building downtown at Tenth and Travis. As the Lord continued to bless us spiritually and numerically, we acquired a site of our own on Cedar Elm Lane and, in 1973, moved into our first church-owned building. By 1976, we had grown to the point of needing a second full-time pastor. Our staff expanded again in 1978, and our family and team have continued to grow in the years that followed.
The next landmark came when the tornado of April 10, 1979 destroyed our building. God graciously provided a new replacement facility much larger than the previous one, which was fully paid off by the time we occupied it in 1980. In the spring of 2004, we moved from our land-locked location on Cedar Elm to our newest location on Stone Lake Drive in the first of three phases of our master building plan. We completed our student ministry facility in the spring of 2007, and finished construction of the chapel in 2016.
From its beginning, Grace Church has contributed to the support of many missionaries both here and abroad. In 2001, we began developing short-term mission trips as an important part of our family’s activities. In 2010, we committed to an ongoing global partnership with Asian Christian Academy and the tremendous work they are doing in India.
Regardless of our location, the original founders’ vision of a local independent Bible church has remained intact, and has warmed to recognize the importance of living out of the Word in our relationships with the people God brings into our community and the world around us.