Grace Bible Church of Central Florida was established by the Holy Spirit in January and February of 2003. A small, but dedicated body of believers had several praying and planning meetings in homes and unanimously invited Gene Pritchard to become the pastor of this new church. Our name reflects the Vision God has given to this New Testament church.
- We uphold the holiness of God and His righteous expectations, but also declare the "Good News" that God loves sinners, forgives all sin, and offers his GRACE to those who seek it.
- We were led to use the name BIBLE, because we desire to be identified by our commitment to God's infallible Word rather than any denomination. We are not critical of any who confess Christ and believe His Word. We do not compete with any churches or denominations, but believe that there are people who are looking for a church that is distinctively committed to the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct His church. Note: There is a series of 20 messages entitled "These Things We Believe" available on cassette or audio CD. These messages give clear, Biblical position of GBC on every major doctrine.
- We are a CHURCH, founded upon and committed to its head, Jesus, the Christ. It is our goal to make Him known and advance His kingdom, beginning in Central Florida and the World. We are a diverse and international church, with members from 56 different nations!
- Our first worship services were conducted in Ocoee Middle School where we assembled on Sundays. We were also blessed by meeting in homes for prayer, Bible study, and ministry. After much prayer and searching, God led us to our "home" at 801 Dorscher Road, just west of Hiawassee Road, behind the Highland Lakes Center on Highway 50. It is a magnificent 7.4 acres, with 721 paved parking spaces, and 35,000 square feet of facility. It was formerly a movie theatre. We are confident that the Holy Spirit has placed this church where He wants us to meet for worship, prayer, training, ministering and outreach.
- We began renovating our "home" in November, 2003. Well, over one million dollars has been given and invested and the majority of work done by volunteer members of the church. In August 2004, a hurricane caused Ocoee Middle School to become a shelter and GBC had to decide to cancel services or move into our lobby. We chose to move! After 2 weeks, this courageous, flexible congregation decided it was God's time for GBC to meet here permanently. We kept growing (Praise the Lord!) and started two morning services in the lobby while renovation was being done on our new worship center. Finally, on Palm Sunday 2005, we had our first Sunday in the new worship center and 820 people attended the service!
- This young church has been supernaturally blessed by God. We have seen hundreds saved and baptized! We have over 3000 members, including 385 charter members. This zealous, loving, sacrificial, giving congregation has grown to an average attendance of over 1600 each week.
- The Pastor, Elders, Deacons, Church Council, and numerous committees are prayerfully and carefully laying a sound foundation for generations to come, while faithfully seeking to minister daily and weekly through the many ministries of Grace Bible Church of Central Florida.
"We've come this far by faith", leaning on the Lord Jesus!" (Matthew 16:18)