Grace Community has been on a journey of growing our vibrant Christian community since 1991. We participate as part of the wider Christian Church Body on the New South Wales' Central Coast. We are an eclectic group that love to fellowship and worship the Lord together, sharing the love of Jesus to the wider community.
We meet as a whole community and as part of smaller home churches on Sunday mornings as well as during the week where we in smaller groups gather face to face and on zoom to pray for each other and our community. Please see the upcoming section on our home page for more details on locations for our celebration services and activities.
We are live streaming our services through our Facebook Group. Edited versions of our services are available on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
Our Worship and Teaching style
Bible Based, Spirit Filled and Led, Contemporary, Intimate and Passionate, Spiritual Gift Released, Flexible, Relaxed. Our celebration services are normally about 1.5 to 2 hours in length. You will also find documents on the Resource page that will help you understand a little about us.
Grace Community aims to serve, equip and empower people to reach their Godly potential in an atmosphere of Grace within the context of Community.
We value Grace (God's Empowering Presence), Servant-hood, Freedom, Empowering, Facilitating, Community, Intergenerational fellowship, Community, Small group relationships, Body life ministry (using all the Spiritual Gifts) and the Prophetic.
The leadership of Grace Community Church is comprised of two teams, the Ministry Team and the Church, Life & Focus Team. The Ministry Team provides pastoral leadership and direction for Grace whereas the Church, Life & Focus Team provides a cross congregational voice for financial, administrational, and pastoral decisions. Below you will find a list of the members of each of the teams.
Tony & Merelyn Rae – Senior Pastors
Their vision for Grace Community is to serve, equip and empower people to reach their Godly potential in an atmosphere of Grace within the context of Community. They believe that this can be accomplished by following the direction of the Holy Spirit, teaching the truth of God’s Word and by taking the Gospel into the Community.
Pastor Tony provides senior leadership to the whole of Grace Community, providing pastoral care, administration, and direction for each of the ministries and entities that are encompassed within the Grace Community.
Pastor Merelyn lends her expertise in childcare and counselling in being a voice for the children of Grace Community. Her gifting includes leading Grace’s intercession team and providing pastoral care to Grace Community.
Grahame & Rae Crossing – Community Pastors
Grahame was ordained as Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church and served in the Riverina and Mid North Coast districts of NSW. He and Rae’s passion in Ministry is their conviction that God is calling the Church to a deeper experience of Him through a very real relationship with his Son Jesus, a dynamic encounter of his Holy Spirit and true, relational fellowship (koinonia) with one another as followers and worshippers of Jesus - just as the first believers experienced as recorded in Acts 4:31-33.
Pastor Grahame provides leadership across Grace’s community ministries and lends his creative gifting to our media presentations each week and in providing pastoral care to Grace Community.
Rae provides support to the Breakfast program of one of the high schools on the Central Coast as well as being involved with intercession and pastoral care of Grace Community.
Dr Gavin & Glenda Williams – Ministry Team
Dr Gavin and Glenda Williams have worked together in Christian Ministry for almost 50years. Both trained for ministry in the Baptist Theological College of Queensland. They have served as pastors, missionaries and in para-church settings. In recent years they have served as Missionary Apostles training leaders in countries such as Uganda, India, Zambia, Romania, Egypt, Turkey, and others.
Dr Gavin provides encouraging teaching that equips Grace Community to minister in the wider community and provides pastoral care to Grace Community
Glenda is kept busy supporting Dr Gavin, their children and grandchildren and is also involved with the pastoral care of Grace community.
Keith & Elizabeth Ward – Ministry Team
Keith and Elizabeth started their working life in Teaching, then after attending Sydney Missionary Bible College embarked into Church Work.
This journey took them into 3 denominations, a Youth and Community Organisation, 2 Church Plants and ending in the Simple Church stream 2012 before retiring to the Central Coast.
They have been a part of Grace Community since 2013. They have 3 daughters, 1 son (deceased), 3 Sons by marriage and 7 grandchildren.
Elizabeth is a self-confessed Plantaholic and healthy eating cook. Keith loves movies and filing photos. They both provide support to Grace’s home churches as well as pastoral care.
Christine Whitehouse (Chrissy) - Ministry Coordinator
Her desire is to see the body of Christ walk in all of its giftings and beauty with strength to shine the love of Jesus to the wider community. She strongly believes that one of the core pillars of this is high quality support systems for all the ministries that Grace Community operates.
Chrissy lends her gifting in administration and media to all areas of Grace Community, providing both pastoral care and support to leadership and the congregation as a whole, wherever it is needed.