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. Dr. Jean-Pierre ( “J-P” ) Duncan is serving Grace church on loan from the Susquehanna Annual Conference in Pennsylvania since July 2014. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ, with a focus on congregation and community development. In addition to pastoring several UM churches since 1984, Dr. Duncan has also served as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, as a consultant to the Communities of Shalom initiative, and has taught in the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University. He was married to the former Noreen (Toth) Thomas in June 2014.
Director of Discipleship
Carla Miller, a longtime member of Grace, has accepted the role of Director of Discipleship. Her work will focus on the Nurture area of the church, with a strong emphasis on Christian Education and the Youth. She will also advise the pastor and the Shepherds of our four ministry teams, and will serve on the newly-formed Cooperative Parish partnership with the Trinity UMC in Algonac.
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!