How We Began
Grace Community Church in Overbrook came into existence on January 1, 2005. Prior to that time the church had been called the First Christian Church of Overbrook, Kansas. The name was changed in an effort to better define who the church was doctrinally and to exemplify the desire to be simply a non-denominational Bible church proclaiming the truth of God’s word.
First Christian Church, on the other hand, began with a Bible Study of new and committed believers seeking God’s will for their collective lives. Six families met in Bible Study for three years. After serious consultation and prayer, God’s Spirit led them to form the body of Christians called First Christian Church. The very first service as a congregation was held on April 13, 1975 with over 50 in attendance.
The church met in a house that was located on the current property of six acres. Once the group grew to about 70 people, they added to the garage areas of the house and moved the worship service into the garage. The church continued to grow to over 100 in attendance, and exactly one year after the first service was held, the current Administration Center was dedicated.
Steady growth again caused the group of believers to reassess the situation of needed space and in 1988 a Christian Education Center was completed.
God continued to pour out His Grace and Spirit upon the First Christian Church of Overbrook and once again in mid-1995 the church entered into its third building program. In late 1996, a 450+ seat Worship Center and Activity Room were completed. In the Fall of 2004, it was again determined that the current facility was not large enough, and the construction of a new 1,000 seat Worship Center was begun. That facility was dedicated in September, 2005.
It is truly marvelous how God has and continues to work in Grace Community Church in Overbrook, and is now drawing people from surrounding communities. People are committing their lives and growing in the Lord Jesus far beyond anyone’s expectations! To God be the Glory!
Those families that were involved in the original Bible Study were the Larry Coffman family, the Cliff Fischer family, the Bob Gloss family, the Jim White family, the Lee Flowers family and Joann O’Brien.