Our History

Grace Community Church, a Bible church affiliated with the Southern Baptist
Convention, was founded in 1977. It began as a home study that grew into a
full-fledged church. After meeting in a home, it moved to a privately run
business establishment, and then to a community hall. During the formative
stages, Northwest Church of Fresno gave pastoral assistance for the morning
services. In 1983, John Adams School became the site for church services.

The church was incorporated in May of 1978 under the name of Madera Community
Church, but changed its name to Grace Community Church of Madera shortly
thereafter. Grace Community called its first pastor in 1980. In 1983, its
current pastor, Randy Brannon, moved from Portland, Oregon to assume pastoral
responsibilities. The church moved to its current campus in October of 1985.
The people had built the worship center over the previous 5 months, the
finances being provided through internal church notes. In 1989/90, the men
and women of the congregation constructed the educational building, as was
the case with the first building. There are plans for a large sanctuary complex in the future.
Additional parking will also be provided.

The missions ministry began in 1987 with our first Faith Promise Missions
Conference. Missions are at the forefront of every thing Grace Community does,
whether local or worldwide. In addition to missions, there is a great emphasis
on youth and children’s ministries that look to the future.

Crossroads Christian School opened in September of 1998. This school for K –
8th grades is co-sponsored by other churches in Madera. Rapid growth in enrollment
is being experienced, and a high school is planned for the future.

The Council of Elders is responsible for developing and implementing all
policies. The Council consists of laymen and the pastoral staff. Congregational
votes are held to confirm new elders, make constitutional changes, or purchase
of new properties.

Currently, there are three full-time pastors on the church staff, with plans
to add personnel as growth demands and permits.

We recognize that the Church is the Body of Christ and it is the Lord Jesus
who will build His church. Matt. 16:18. He is the head and sovereign over all
that is done at Grace Community. As He lives His life through us while we
crucify our fleshly desires, the glory of God will be seen and His people will


Grace Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5,6
Community Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 11:25-30
Church Matthew 16:18; 1 Peter 2:9,10