Sharing God’s Love

The mission of GFC includes reaching out beyond our walls to love others with God’s love. We do so both locally through ministry partners in our community and globally through missionaries and partnerships. We have also adopted “Mountain View Elementary School” and have formed an incredible growing partnership that reaches the kids, their parents, their teachers, and even the surrounding community.

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We Love Mountain View

Our partnership with Mountain View serves one of the most economically and educationally challenged areas of our city. Since 2010, we have sought to be an encouragement to the school and community through tangible expressions of God’s love, such as lunch buddies, arts club, backpack food bags, an on-site summer camp, and sports leagues, such as kick ball.

Our goal is to build trust and relationships with the staff, children, and families through direct support and involvement. Great opportunities are before us and there is much to be done!

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Local Outreach

Reaching Our Community

We not only serve our community through our partnership with Mountain View Elementary, but we also serve through programs like the “Monthly Give,” which provides tangible items to ministry partners, an ECHO serve day, which mobilizes the entire church to serve in the summer, and a “Joy Prom” which celebrates individuals with specials needs and gives them an unforgettable experience with their caregivers.

We know that we can’t do it alone. That’s why we have a network of partners which provides expertise, concentrated efforts, and open doors for us to join them in addressing specific needs in our community. These ministry partners offer many opportunities for serving locally.

Monthly Give

Each month, GFC features a way in which you can give in order to reach the community and show God’s love. You’ll find Giving Bins at each entrance to our facility, and we invite you to simply place your donated items in the bin.

Good Samaritan Food and Supplies Drive:

Help ease the burden on those who are homeless or struggling right now by providing urgently needed items through Good Samaritan Ministries. Items can be dropped off outside on the right side of their building at 100 North Roan Street, Johnson City, from 9:00am-3:00pm, M-F.  Click here for a list of needed items

These are simple, ongoing ways to support our partnership with Mountain View Elementary School:

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Collecting these food item labels can raise money for the school, and at 10 cents per box top, these can add up quickly! You can participate by collecting the Box Top labels from your purchases, and drop them in the collection bins at the main GFC entrances. Just look for the Box Tops logo found on many grocery items. New this year, you can also download the Box Tops mobile app and scan your store receipt to find participating items that will add to your school’s earnings online. No clipping required!

GROCERY STORE SCHOOL REWARDS : Your local grocery shopping can help support Mountain View Elementary School through store rewards programs! Each school year, these grocery chains will support designated local schools. The more you shop, the more points the school collects.

  • Food City School Bucks – To register your account, log into your ValuCard account to link to Mountain View. Search for the school name, or School ID 40609. You may also request an in-store clerk to link your card.
  • Kroger Community Rewards – To register your account, log into your Plus Card account to link to Mountain View. Search for the school name, or MD509.

Joy Prom

Every individual is made in the image of God and has significant value. We want to celebrate that! Joy Prom is an event for individuals with special needs and their families. Guests are invited to a free evening of fun activities, pamper stations, horse-and-carriage rides, photo booths, and dancing. Many GFC members and guests say this is their favorite night of the year! Joy Prom 2020 has been postponed! Date to be announced.

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Our Local Ministry Partners

seeks to glorify God through service to women, their families and others experiencing unplanned pregnancy through empowering individuals to make healthy life choices that emphasize the value of human life.

manifests the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality social services. They believe in helping to create a world where each child is protected and cared for in a loving family.

pursues God’s glory by helping to fulfill the great commission through a strategic ministry of Win-Build-Send. Winning students and faculty to Christ, Building believers in their faith, and Sending them out to reach others.

is an adventure-camp with the mission of glorifying God by proclaiming His Word so as to cultivate in people a passion to intimately know God resulting in a heart of worship, a desire for purity, and a Christ centered vision for their lives.

wants to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.

provides for those in need through education, mentoring, and social services. GSM strives to assist those in need while protecting their dignity and uplifting their self-esteem through the love and grace of Jesus Christ. GFC partners with Good Samaritan monthly through the Shepherd’s Lunch Ministry.

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is a ministry of the local church which seeks to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration – prison residents, their families, and those who work with them. Kairos Inside serves those within the prison walls, while Kairos Outside serves the families of prisoners.

exists to build youth into spiritually vital, physically well, educationally motivated, character driven, social impacting adults.

Summit Leadership grows leaders and connects them to the right people and the right resources in order to help them make a difference that matters.

GFCers Tara R. & Sage B. serve in the undergraduate ministry of the local Cru.

Global Outreach

Go and Tell

Those who go must be sent. We know that the world is broken, hurting, and in need of God’s love, so we are intentionally a “sending church.” We host international trips, and we work with global partners who express our strategic focus of bringing the gospel to the world.

Compassion

GFC’s partnership with Compassion International enables us to pursue a significant role in “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”

Over 400 children are sponsored by GFC families through Compassion. Over 120 of these children are from Dios es Amor, our partner church outside Lima, Peru.  GFC typically sends a team on a Compassion trip each year, offering sponsors in that country a chance to meet their sponsored child.

Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time through holistic child development, serving more than 2 million children in 25 of the world’s poorest countries.

GFC partners with Compassion International for yearly mission trips to our focus areas in Peru and Mexico. The dates for the next trips are being worked out.

Disaster Response

Disaster response volunteers respond after natural disasters strike, going out in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse. Joining a response team offers you a chance to serve homeowners through hands-on relief and to show compassion in Jesus’ name. Those interested should fill out the contact form below to receive further information.

Our Global Ministry Partners

BEE World (Biblical Education by Extension) provides seminary-level training to church leaders who otherwise have no access to biblical education. Our partnership with them is focused on their training in Rwanda.

Benjamin, a native of the DR Congo, leads International Christian Assembly (ICA), a local fellowship of Christians from different nations, races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds living in the Tri-Cities, who have chosen to worship God together.

Earle and Cara serve at our local East Tennessee State University campus, overseeing faculty/staff ministry locally and nationally. With over 30 years of experience and enthusiasm, they continue to impact those on campus and beyond. Earle also serves as an elder here at Grace Fellowship.

Jeff and Michelle are newly appointed partners, preparing to serve with World Team. They will be eventually serving the unchurched population in Spain. Jeff & Michelle are in language school in Costa Rica until the summer of 2020.

Kamate and Kavira serve African international students in our area with Cru. Originally from the DR Congo, they bring years of experience serving students and leaders in Francophone Africa before moving to Tennessee.

Steve and Laura Persenaire serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Indonesia, where Steve is a liaison with the Indonesia government, and Laura serves in mission hospitality.

An additional partner family serves in an area of the world where gospel activity is not welcome. For their safety and on-going ministry they are not named here.

Jason and Sara Phipps have served in Bolivia since 2018 with Christian Veterinary Mission, where Sara works with Vet students, and Jason works with at-risk teen boys.

“Nomadic Tentmaker” is an associate based out of France, who is not named for security reasons. Her work includes writing and discipleship/friendship with non-believers.

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