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 was appointed to Grace in July of 2018. He and his wife, Brianne, along with their dog, Kirby, moved to New Baltimore shortly after getting married in June ’18. Brian, as he prefers to go by, loves his family including the most precious niece and nephews ever, American Idol (seriously), the Orlando Magic and the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Although, of course, he has also adopted local Michigan teams as well. Beyond anything, Brian is passionate about seeing God’s Kingdom come to earth and to see people realize that they are God’s beloved. Brian welcomes all people as God’s grace is open to all.
Don Stromberg leads the music ministries at Grace and is one funky and fun-loving dude! Grace is fortunate to have Don and is grateful for his gifts.
Our Administrator, Jim Westlake, has served the church in many capacities over the years, including Treasurer, Finance Secretary, and Lay Member to 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!
Denise Lauland knows how to tickle the keys. She and Don make a wonderful tag team that creates meaningful worship services every week at Grace. Denise is a longtime member at Grace and Grace is lucky to have her and her family with us.
Claude Daily has been faithfully caring for the facilities for some time. If something needs to be done around the building, Claude gets it done!