GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF SEAL BEACH EXISTS TO WORSHIP GOD, BUILD CHRISTIAN FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP, AND IMPACT OUR WORLD FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRiST, THROUGH LOCAL OUTREACH, GLOBAL MISSION, AND SOCIAL CONCERN.
We fulfill this mission through:
Teaching people the Bible (Biblical Worldview)
Demonstrating God's love in caring for our neighbors (Faithful Compassion)
Helping people come to know God (Missional Life)
Engaging people in daily time with God (Participatory Worship)
Providing a context for people to build authentic relationships (Known by Name)
Our heart is for our Seal Beach community.
Our identity as a church is deeply tied to our location in Seal Beach. We are a part of the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and participate in a wide variety of Seal Beach events (Run Seal Beach, Seal Beach Christmas Parade, Seal Beach Car Show, Seal Beach Halloween on Main St, etc). We have been a part of the Seal Beach community for almost 75 years, and Lord willing, look forward to 75 more.
We are a member of the Charis Fellowship of churches.
We believe that there is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Triune God is the Creator of all things visible and invisible and that a belief in this truth is necessary to understand the meaning and purpose of all reality.
+ THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the pre-existence and deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and in his incarnation through the Virgin Mary and his full humanity. We believe in his sinless, obedient life, the reality of his recorded miracles and in forgiveness of sin through his shed blood on the Cross. We believe in his bodily resurrection, his ascension and his present ministry at the right hand of the Father. We believe in his personal Second Coming.
+ The Holy Spirit
We believe in the present personal ministry of the Holy Spirit in every believer. We believe every believer is indwelt by the Spirit, baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ and equipped by the Spirit with various spiritual gifts. We believe it is the will of God that every believer be empowered, or filled, with the Holy Spirit for effective service.
+ THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, altogether sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.
We believe that God created man as male and female in his own Image. We believe each person has infinite worth and is answerable to his Creator. We believe man has fallen into sin resulting in spiritual death, and that the new birth, or regeneration, is necessary for his salvation.
We believe in a complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as a gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
+ THE ONE TRUE CHURCH
We believe in the spiritual unity of all who have faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe in the organization of believers into local churches for worship, edification and witness.
We believe that Christ has ordained that his Church observe the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion.
+ THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe God calls every Christian to a life of good works and spiritual freedomservice to the church and community, separation unto God's will and away from evil. We believe in the sanctity of the home, purity in sexual relationships, the sacredness of human life, the necessity of manifesting the fruit of the Spirit and a Christ-like character, and the importance of a life of prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship and personal witness.
We believe in the existence of the Devil as a distinct, created personal being, the great adversary of God and his people. We believe in Satan's final defeat and judgment.
+ The Second Coming
We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to join his church with himself, to defeat evil and to establish his rule as King of Kings. We believe that this truth should lead Christians to live godly, productive lives in the present world and to await eagerly his appearing.
+ Future Life
We believe that death is gain for Christians, for they enter the presence of the Lord. We believe that there will be a resurrection and a judgment of both the righteous and the unrighteous; the righteous will enter eternal blessings and the unrighteous eternal condemnation.
+ PARTICIPATORY WORSHIP - Have I made time for God today?
The worship of God is the primary responsibility and privilege of the Christian. As the Westminster Confession states: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." In light of that, we want to be a people that are consistent and passionate worshipers of God, not just for our hour on Sunday but throughout the whole week.
+ BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW - Does my life reflect growing obedience to God’s Word?
James 1:22, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves," The knowledge of Scripture is a wonderful and awesome privilege, but if it is not obeyed we are living in self-deception. What direction are our lives moving toward, increased or decreased obedience?
+ FAITHFUL COMPASSION - How am I expressing God’s love to others?
Included in the fruit of the Spirit is love, and evidence of the presence of God is the life of the believer. A lack of loving compassion for other people suggest a lack of God's Spirit at work in our life.
+ KNOWN BY NAME - Am I cultivating authentic relationships?
The church is the family of God, brothers and sisters knit together by the adoption of a common Father. As the family of God, we can let our guards down together, knowing that the Father loves each of us and binds us together.
+ MISSIONAL LIFE - Who am I helping to know God?
The mission of God is to bring sinners back into right relationship with God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission efforts are valuable in so far as they help people know God and point people to the gospel of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.
To download a document of the teaching positions of the church, click here.
Pastor Bob has been at Grace since 2006. In addition to preaching in the Sunday worship services, he leads our leadership development program and serves as head of staff. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.A. in History, Political Science, and Religious Studies), Talbot School of Theology (M.Div., Th.M.) and is currently a DMin student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and Becca have been married for 14 years and have two sons and two dogs. He plays ice hockey in a local adult league, and enjoys following UCLA sports.
Pastor Tim has a deep pastoral heart for people, a strong track record of ministry experience, and passion for displaying Christ's love for the community. He serves at Grace by leading our outreach and Christian education efforts. He holds an MDiv degree from Talbot School of Theology. He has one wife of 20+ years, twin teenagers and three dogs of unknown ages. When Tim's not at home or work, you can usually find him at a local coffee shop or movie theater.
Pastor Justin leads worship at each of our three Sunday morning services. He is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (MA in Spiritual Formation). Prior to coming to Grace, he served as a pastor at churches in Virginia and Costa Mesa. Justin is an accomplished singer-songwriter, and you can find his ten albums on iTunes. Justin and his wife, Heidi, have been married for over twenty years, and have four children.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Lois Sherwin is dedicated to building teams who invest in the lives of children and help them meet the best friend they will ever have, Jesus Christ! She loves to partner with parents to help equip them to raise kids who know and love Jesus. Lois has earned two Masters degrees, one from Trinity and another from Talbot School of Theology (M.A. Christian Education). Lois is happily married to Dr. Nick Sherwin, a business professor at Biola University. They are blessed with two adult children, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters and a grandson! Lois regularly speaks at conferences and is passionate about equipping others in their spiritual journey! When not serving, Lois enjoys reading, baking, walking, bike riding, exercising, scuba diving, and travel!
DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY
Randi came to Christ through Grace's children's ministry years ago, and is now helping students make similarly significant spiritual decisions. She has completed a four year Biblical Certification program at Moody Bible Institute, and is currently working on her Bachelor's in Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Preaching at Moody. She has an incredible passion for students, the Bible and mentorship. Randi's other loves include Jacob, her husband of four years, and her cats, Dolby Finn and Charlie Danger.
DIRECTOR OF HIGH SCHOOL MINISTRY
Jason is married to Annie, and they have four young kids. He recently graduated from the MA program at Talbot School of Theology. The fact that he became a youth pastor is hilarious to those who were his youth pastors, given how rebellious he was at that stage.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND GLOBAL MISSION
Amanda first came to Grace 12 years ago while in college at CSULB. She now directs our communications department and is involved with young adults and missions. Prior to coming on staff at Grace, she served as a missionary from our church and was based in Chicago, IL. She is passionate about mobilizing God’s people, creating beautiful spaces and artwork, and loves a good DIY project.
DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S MINISTRY
For the last thirteen years, Josie and her family have been very involved members of Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, where Josie has served as the women’s ministry director and children’s director for different seasons, and is currently on the national leadership team for Women of Grace USA. Josie has been married to Joey for twenty-five years and they have three young adult children - Timothy (23), Ben (18), Katie (13).
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Christa grew up in our church, and now she's running it as the Director of Operations. She has been a part of the Children's Ministry and Worship Ministry here at Grace over the years. She came to this church when she was 2 years old and continues to be heavily involved in various ministries.
PASTOR OF SENIORS
Pastor Steve has been at Grace since 1989, first as the college pastor, then as associate pastor and senior pastor (2012-2017). In May 2017, he transitioned to his current role as Pastor of Seniors, where he leads our church's grandparent ministry and Stephen Ministry. He is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology (M.Div) and Grace Seminary (D.Min.). Prior to coming to Grace, he worked in the private sector in the family business, staining glass (on purpose). He has been married to Trish for over 40 years, and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Pastor Don has been a minister for almost 50 years and was the senior pastor at Grace from 1984-2012. A graduate of Grace Seminary (M.Div.), Fuller Seminary (Th.M.), and American Baptist Seminary (D.Min.), Don brings his wise and friendly personality into his ministry here at Grace and as Senior Chaplain of the Seal Beach Police Department. Prior to serving at Grace, he was on the biblical studies faculty at Biola University. He has been married to Mary for over 50 years, and they have two adult children and six grandchildren. Don likes to hike and doesn't like to lift weights, but he does them both.
Our elders serve as the spiritual leaders of Grace Community Church.
Top row (L to R): Bob Wissmann, Bob Wriedt (Senior Pastor), Robert Harrell, David Gray, Preston Barr
Bottom row (L to R): Tom Enyart (Chairman), Ted Griffin, Justin Fox (Worship Pastor), Tom Stout, Tim Culling (Associate Pastor)