Who we are
Grace OPC—a thriving congregation in Columbus, Ohio, made up of people drawn together by our Savior for His glory and our good.
We focus weekly on God’s glory with Morning and Evening Worship on the Lord’s Day. This provides a foundation for each new week as we gather and worship the Lord together. We offer Sunday School with classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults and everyone in between. After a short break, we gather for Morning Worship. Often, scheduled meals provide an opportunity for fellowship after Morning Worship. Evening Worship closes out the Lord’s Day and prepares us to face the challenges of the coming week.
The Lord has gathered this variety of individuals and families to care for, support, and encourage one another in growth toward Godliness. We have many opportunities for both formal and informal learning and fellowship. There is a regular men’s Bible Study on Saturday mornings; there are several women’s studies throughout the week and month; and the youth meet one evening a week for fellowship and study. While the families of Grace Church choose a variety of educational options for their children, there is a thriving homeschool community within the congregation which meets regularly.
Members of the congregation are involved in outreach to students at Ohio State (including the international students), to refugees, in prison ministry, and to a local nursing home. We continue to be active in the support of our Presbytery through participating in the Youth Summer Camp, hosting biannual Youth Rallies, and inviting area churches to an annual Reformation Service. We also support the OPC at large by hosting the Ministerial Training Institute of the OPC (MTIOPC). Annual events such as Vacation Bible School, a Father-Son campout, and the Presbyterial Women’s Retreat, which we occasionally host, offer further times of fellowship, education, encouragement, and refreshment.
The community also works hard to serve one another with mercy and love. Our pastors and elders are involved in counseling as needs occur. Our Session is regularly involved in shepherding the people through delicate situations. Our diaconate is active in serving the needs of the congregation and community, exercising careful stewardship over the facility and the congregation’s offerings. The Women of Grace are organized into committees to meet the needs of the church family as they rally together to serve with meals, celebrations, and many other works of support.
A whole Bible church
We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word and that the whole Bible is relevant to the needs of our day. We are committed to faithfully teaching its whole message as clearly and practically as we can.
A whole life church
We believe that the whole person is important. The whole person is created by God, is infected by sin, and is rescued and ruled by Christ. We are committed to working out the implications of His salvation for the whole spectrum of life.
A whole family church
We believe that God deals both with individuals and with families. Professing believers and their children are members of our church, and each of our members—from the oldest to the youngest—is important to us.
A whole world church
We believe that the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will triumph over the whole world. We are committed to advancing that Kingdom both extensively (by active evangelism and missions) and intensively (by applying the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life).
As a Presbyterian church, Grace is governed by a body of elders and ministers (also referred to as overseers or shepherds in the Bible) called by God and elected by members of the church. As a Presbyterian church we believe Jesus, the chief shepherd, has given undershepherds to care for God’s people as they journey through their life of faith this side of heaven (Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Peter 5:1-4). The Presbyterian form of church government emphasizes the cooperative character of the Church as reflected in the New Testament (Acts 15:2-6). Therefore, while the elders of Grace are primarily responsible for overseeing the ministry of this local congregation, they also share in the work of overseeing the ministry of sister churches through a regional presbytery and in the entire denomination through a General Assembly.
Grace is a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1936, the OPC seeks to proclaim faithfully from generation to generation the gospel of Jesus Christ and the riches of the Reformed faith. The OPC strives to worship and live consistently with its Reformed theology. You can visit opc.org for more about our denomination.
With our fellow Orthodox Presbyterian churches, we subscribe to historic, protestant, and Reformed theology as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism. As a confessional church, we believe it is important to say what we believe and to write it down for others to read and confirm in Scripture (2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9). Therefore our confession and catechisms are subordinate to the Bible, while striving faithfully to summarize biblical teachings.