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