In the fall of 1978 a group of people sought community involvement in starting a new church, and planning soon followed. Regular worship services began on June 17, 1979, at the Anchor Bay High School; and in September of that year Grace UMC was chartered with 78 members.
The present building opened in 1985 and the new sanctuary opened in 1993. From its inception, Grace church has sought to be an open and inclusive community of faith which seeks to empower everyone to enter into and grow in their relationship with Christ.
Rev. Brian Steele is currently serving as our pastor, his first service being on the first Sunday in July 2018. He and his wife, Brianne, along with their dog, Kirby, moved into the parsonage shortly after their marriage in June. Brian obtained his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is fond of saying, “I am a Child of God. That’s all that really matters.”
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Joe Brissette has been hired by the Staff Parish Relations Committee to carry on in a revised role after the departure of Carla Miller, our Director of Discipleship, who recently moved, along with husband, John, out of our area. Joe and his family have been attending Grace in recent months.
Our Administrator, Jim Westlake, has served the church in many capacities over the years, including Treasurer, Finance Secretary, and Lay Member to the Detroit Annual Conference. It is his voice you’ll most often hear when you call the church. If anyone knows anything about the church and its happenings, it is Jim!