On November 16, 1987 Greatland Grace Brethren Church, Inc., was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Alaska non-profit corporation. The founding pastor, E. John Gillis, faithfully served the church until his retirement in the fall of 1998 and relocation to Grove Hill, Alabama.
In the early years, Greatland Grace held services at two different locations on Bragaw Street before purchasing a small church building in a quiet Muldoon neighborhood in 1992.
Upon Pastor Gillis’ retirement, Lorne McCune served as interim pastor until Chris Ball accepted the call to serve in Anchorage. The Ball family – Chris, Marsha, Jason, Andrew and Sharine, moved to Alaska from Arvada, Colorado, in early 1999. Pastor Chris officially preached his first message on Easter Sunday.
Greatland Grace continued to grow, and the small chapel on Robin Street was put through multiple renovations, until nothing further could be done to accommodate additional people. It was at that time we decided to seek other facilities to hold weekly services and other church functions.
Answering God’s call to have a visible presence and meet people where they are, the church sold its comfortable building in the quiet neighborhood and moved into the Dimond Center in January 2003. At that time, we adopted Dimond Grace Fellowship as our “nickname.”
Dimond Grace Fellowship is now an established presence in the Dimond Center. Our Ministry Center consists of a multi-purpose area for worship service and other activities, a well-equipped nursery, an inviting children’s ministry room, a kitchen area and one of the nicest bathrooms in the entire mall.
Worship services are held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Mornings. Throughout the week, the Ministry Center is open for mall shoppers, tenants, and visitors to stop in for prayer, a hot cup of soup, coffee/tea, or just a cup of cold water, all provided in Jesus’ name.
The Ministry Center also provides ample space for seminars, group meals, communion, baptisms, TV broadcasts on a large screen, and special outreach events such as Christmas Eve service, Halloween, Harvest Feast, and Easter brunch.
Dimond Grace is known for its use of technology to creatively present the Good News of salvation, heartfelt worship, and multimedia teaching. In late 2007, the church launched a live internet connection so that people unable to attend in person can still be involved in Sunday worship service. Watch for new innovations through technology with one goal in mind – to reach people for Jesus.
It is our sincere desire to hold our Worship Celebration in the Dimond Center Theaters. We feel that the theater is a neutral setting that goes hand in hand with the media and technology that Dimond Grace is known for. We are actively seeking families to join our church family and share the vision to fill a movie theater with our friends, neighbors, relatives and most importantly new believers! Would you consider partnering with Dimond Grace, to make this vision a reality?