Over Forty Years of Faithfulness

Grace Fellowship Church began in the summer of 1979. The initial meetings took place in a home. There was no name, no governing board, and no trained or paid leaders. There was only a group of about 30-40 people in whom God was working as they studied the Bible together and sought to live it out in their relationships with one another and the community.

GFC continues to be an elder-led church and continues to be faithful to the mission of “building a community to reach a community.”

1979

Three months after 30 believers began meeting in a home, Grace Fellowship Church moves to Towne Acres School.

1980

Tom Oyler is asked to be GFC’s first Teaching Pastor.

1982

After meeting in an elementary school for a year, the church purchases a small building on Virginia Street.

1988

GFC enters its first capital campaign one year after purchasing 16 acres on Greenwood Drive.

1991

GFC builds a 25,000 square foot facility on Greenwood Drive.

1992

GFC moves into its new facility, which includes a 600 seat auditorium.

2001

GFC adds a fourth service to the weekend on Saturday evenings.

2002

GFC adds 29,000 square feet to the original facility.

2005

GFC acquires additional land for expansion.

2008

Construction begins for the facility expansion.

2009

The new facility, including an Auditorium with 1,200 seats is completed.

2013

Tom Oyler receives the first Dallas Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumni Award.

2014

GFC celebrates 35 years of “building a community to reach a community.”

2018

Tom Oyler is honored with a new role of Pastor Emeritus, as Matt Murphy is commissioned as the Lead Pastor of GFC.

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