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HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

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March 20, 2019

Present

Present

With more than 2,000 adults and children entering our doors every week, which includes students and teachers attending the GCC Sunday School, we thank the Lord for the fulfillment of Mrs. Julia Tan’s original vision for the church and the school.

 

We look back on God’s goodness and grace to our church, and look forward with exciting anticipation to see what God will continue to do through GCCP. We forge ahead knowing and acknowledging that “Christ is the head of the body, the church,” and desiring “that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).

October 21, 2018

50th Founding Anniversary

50th Founding Anniversary

By God’s grace, the church celebrated its 50th founding anniversary in two God-honoring worship services at 9am and 11 am.

March 20, 2018

A Growing Church (2005-2018)

A Growing Church (2005-2018)

By God’s grace, under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Tan, the church grew from an average attendance of 450 adults and children to more than 1,700 through a commitment to Bible-expository preaching, implementation of the church’s original mission and vision, and by establishing a church culture that is truly biblical.

January 8, 2017

Installation of New Elders

Installation of New Elders

Deacons Robert Chan Whu, Wilson Sy, and Edison Ty were installed as church elders to bolster the spiritual leadership of the church.

October 28, 2012

The Church’s Official Name Changed

The official name of our church was changed to Grace Christian Church of the Philippines (GCCP) to reflect the vision of growth and challenge we have as a church. The Chinese name (菲律濱靈惠基督教會) remains the same.

September 20, 2012

LifeGroup and STEP

Two church-developed programs, LifeGroup and STEP were launched. LifeGroup would serve as the primary vehicle for discipleship at GCCP, facilitated in small groups. STEP stands for Spiritual Training and Enrichment Program and would serve as the primary means for equipping and training the church body.

October 26, 2008

40th Founding Anniversary

40th Founding Anniversary

The church celebrated its 40th founding anniversary with three special installations: Dr. Paul Tan as pastor emeritus and elder; Rev. Stephen Tan as the church’s second senior pastor; Deacons Florencio Lim, James L. Tan, and Mike Cheng as church elders.

August 1, 2007

Church-Wide Renovation Project

The church embarked on an extensive three-and-a-half year, four-phase renovation project to expand, repair, renovate, and upgrade the entire church facility.

June 22, 2003

Grace Ministries Training Center

The four-story Grace Ministry Training Center (GMTC) building built under the leadership of Rev. Johnny Limchesing was inaugurated.

January 20, 2002

Additional Worship Services were Started (2002-2006)

Under Rev. Stephen G. Tan’s leadership, three additional worship services were started to meet the needs of a growing church: (a) Early Sunday morning service on October 20, 2002, (b) Saturday evening service on July 27, 2003, and (c) Late Sunday morning service on January 15, 2006.

March 20, 1983

Resident Pastors (1983-2008)

Dr. Paul L. Tan asked for a leave of absence to write and teach worldwide. Five resident pastors served on behalf of the senior pastor: Rev. Albert Lam, Rev. Rolando Gan, Rev. Albert Pua, Rev. Johnny Limchesing, and Rev. Stephen Tan.

March 20, 1981

Publishing of the Grace Hymnal

The 1,250-hymn Grace Hymnal was published, with translation, typeset, paste-up, and final proofing all done by our church members, led by the senior pastor.

January 26, 1975

A New Sanctuary

A New Sanctuary

The new sanctuary was dedicated, and the next day on January 27, 1975, the first church wedding was held for Paul and Helen Tan.

March 20, 1970

Building by Faith (1970-1975)

Building by Faith (1970-1975)

When the church congregation grew to over 150 members in 1968, a Church Building Fund was started by faith; a property was secured and the cornerstone laid in 1970. Led by the senior pastor, construction of the church sanctuary and building began in late 1973 inside Grace Village.

October 27, 1968

Inauguration of Grace Christian Church

Inauguration of Grace Christian Church

Grace Christian Church was formally inaugurated, Rev. Paul L. Tan was ordained and installed as first senior pastor, and the first deacons were installed.

August 7, 1966

First Worship Service in GCHS

First Worship Service in GCHS

Sunday church worship services started inside GCHS in Grace Village the very first weekend that the school was opened, with an attendance of 20 to 30 people. In June 1967, Pastor Paul L. Tan returned from the United States to serve as the church’s first minister.

August 2, 1966

GCHS Moves to Grace Village

GCHS Moves to Grace Village

Grace Christian High School moved from its location in Nagtahan to the new location in Grace Village. Mrs. Julia L. Tan found the Grace Village property in 1963, purchased it in 1964, and construction began in 1965.

September 28, 1952

Founding of Grace Gospel Church

Mrs. Julia L. Tan started Grace Gospel Church inside GCHS in Nagtahan. School missionary Rev. Raymond Frame served as pastor. Rev. Mark Cheng Kor became pastor in 1959. In 1965, Grace Gospel Church relocated to nearby Santol Street.

July 5, 1950

Founding of Grace Christian High School

Founding of Grace Christian High School

Grace Christian High School (GCHS) started at #41 Nagtahan Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila, with founders Mrs. Julia L. Tan and Rev. Edwin and Mrs. Helen Spahr.

March 20, 1949

Start of the Grace Ministries

Start of the Grace Ministries

The entire Grace Christian Ministries was started by Mrs. Julia L. Tan at her home in Tanduay Street, where Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Spahr pastored the first “Grace” church–Grace Bible Church. She had a unique vision for a school and a church working in partnership, which led her to adopt two slogans: (1) The school is the church’s mission field, and the church is the school’s spiritual home, and (2) Separate administration, but a united harvest field.