Ash Wednesday service at Grace United Methodist Church and baptism of Hank Norman on Sunday February 22, 2015. (photo by Artisan Image)

welcome

Are you looking for a place where you’ll feel loved, encouraged, and challenged?  Then Grace Methodist Church may be the right place for you! Here, you will find friends for a lifetime.

A new church, especially a large one, can be intimidating for a first-time visitor. We want to make things easy for you! Please feel free to contact us or visit our Church.

The Grace United Methodist Youth lead the worship service on Sunday March 1, 2015. (photo by Artisan Image)

aboutus

The Grace family is a vibrant and growing congregation, and we invite you to become a part of this exciting and dynamic church as we seek to serve as the Body of Christ in our world. We offer a variety of worship styles and ministry opportunities. We would love to have you join us for worship, ministry, and service. As the church, we are a family. Come be a part of our family!

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Grace Church – Past, Present and Future

 

Grace Church – United Methodist was founded in 1891 as Grace Methodist Protestant Church on Lee Street in downtown Greensboro. In 1908 Grace relocated to the corner of Greene and Washington Streets, where it remained until 1924. On May 15, 1922, a lot was purchased at 438 W. Gaston Street (now called Friendly Avenue) for the location of the current Grace Church sanctuary.

Hobart Upjohn, of New York, one of America’s most distinguished church architects, was commissioned to draw plans for the new Grace Church. Ground was broken in May 1925, and the cornerstone was laid on July 31, 1925. Construction, which was headed by Greensboro’s J.L. Crouse Construction Company, was completed in early 1926, and the first worship in the new building was on May 2, 1926. From that time forward, Grace has been considered one of America’s most beautiful church buildings.

 

Because of its traditional clean lines, countless couples have exchanged wedding vows there, including the famous actor Charlton Heston who married his fiancée Lydia at Grace on May 17, 1944 while he was stationed in Greensboro during WWII. Until his death in 2007, Heston and his wife often visited Grace which he referred to as “an important place in my life”.

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In addition, to being a beautiful place for weddings, Grace has always opened its doors to a wide variety of community ministries. In the late 1960’s Grace Church became a founding church for Greensboro Urban Ministries, which today has grown into a large ecumenical effort to assist a wide range of folks in need. From 1987-2005 Grace housed the Greensboro Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In 2005, with the construction of a new downtown baseball park for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Grace began a ministry called “Parking with a Purpose”. Each baseball season Grace Church members collect proceeds from parking cars and 100% of this money goes to support local ministries.

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Rev. Drew McIntyre

Pastor

Drew was raised in Winston-Salem, NC, the son of Don and Lynne McIntyre. He attended High Point University and Duke Divinity School, and was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in 2013. He comes to Grace after serving for seven years as the Pastor of West Bend UMC in Asheboro, UMC. While in Asheboro, Drew was involved in both the wider church and the community. He served on the District Mission Society and the District Committee on Ministry in the Uwharrie District of the UMC, and on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County and Randolph County Senior Adults Association, in which he is completing a term as President. Drew is married to Brittany McIntyre, a family physician. They are excited to be in Greensboro, along with Jolene, their rescue boxer, and Sammy, a tabby cat. Drew enjoys reading (especially nerdy theological works), writing, movies, craft beer, and is a fan of Duke basketball and MMA.

Contact Drew — dmcintyre@wnccumc.net

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Stephan M. Reavis

Office Administrator

Stephan joined the staff on September 8, 2014. He holds degrees in Psychology, Art, and Education. Stephan has served in the Cancer Patient Support Program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an intern. In addition, he is a licensed educator in the State of North Carolina who taught in elementary, middle, and high schools for 8 years. During that time he also served as an administrator. Stephan continues to work in assessment development with the State of North Carolina. In addition, he is the former treasurer and chair of finance in a parish of the Episcopal Church. While serving in the Methodist Church, Stephan became a Stephen Minister. In his spare time, he enjoys building pipe organs, mentoring children in literacy, silversmithing, and beekeeping.

 

Contact Stephan at office@grace-methodist.com

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Faye Halvorsen

Organist/Pianist

Faye is a retired music educator who served 32 years in Guilford County. During that time, she served her last 20 years as Choral Director at Southwest High School. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC Greensboro in music education and is a National Board Certified Teacher –Vocal Music-Young adolescents-Young Adults. In addition, she has served as a church musician in Greensboro since 1986.
Faye spends most of her free time playing tennis. She has three daughters, two son-in –laws and one grandchild. Her youngest daughter will attend UNC in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Austin Porzenski

Director of Music

James Austin Porzenski is currently pursuing his Masters of Music degree with a Concentration in Choral Conducting at UNCG.  While this is his first year as a student, James Austin has performed multiple times with UNCG’s summer opera program GLOS and with Greensboro Opera both at UNCG.  James Austin recently completed a year of service as an HPU AmeriCorps VISTA Civic Leader where he worked to increase the level of community involvement and lead service-initiative programs in the greater High Point community and at Northwood Elementary School located in High Point, NC.  James Austin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a Concentration in Vocal Performance from High Point University. James Austin has studied conducting under Dr. Marc Ashley Foster and voice performance under Dr. Scott MacLeod both at High Point University. During his undergrad and VISTA timelines James Austin has been an active member of the North Carolina and Greensboro Opera choruses, College Music Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, Eastern Music Festival and as the resident photographer for the Music Department and Chapel Services at High Point University.  In addition James Austin has held multiple positions such as Music Director, Vice President & SGA Representative with HPU’s all-male A cappella group, The Toccatatones. James Austin has also served as a choral scholar at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC and as the Assistant Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church in High Point, NC.

 

Contact James Austin – music@grace-methodist.com

Karen Griffin

Custodian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

beliefs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God’s grace and by exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in the world.  The fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us.  The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Lord of all.

Jesus’ words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” ([28:19]-20), and “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…And you shall love your neighbor as yourself” ([22:37], 39).

(From Paragraph 121.  The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church – 2008.  Copyright 2008 by the United Methodist Publishing House.)

Statement of Faith

With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This confession embraces the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God’s reign.

The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God.  As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and one another, and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order.  We stand in need of redemption.

Some basic Christian affirmations include:

  • We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
  • We share the Christian belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
  • We understand ourselves to be part of Christ’s universal church, when by adoration, proclamation, and service, we become conformed to Christ.
  • With other Christians, we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality.
  • We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal.

(Details may be found in “Doctrinal Standards and our Theological Task” in Paragraphs 101-104.  The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008.  Copyright 2008 by the United Methodist Publishing House.)