History of Grace Covenant Church
Grace Covenant Church was organized as a mission work of Heartland Presbytery (Presbyterian Church in America) in 1990. Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (the original name) was started by several families who were committed to seeing a Reformed church presence in Grand Island.
The church moved to its current location at 418 West 12th Street during the summer of 1998.
In November of 2004, Grace Covenant Church became a “particular” church in the PCA when Heartland Presbytery installed elders in the church as its governing court (called a “Session”).
- Bible-believing Presbyterians began the PCA in 1973 with 260 congregations and 41,000 members.
- We now have over 1,700 churches & missions and more than 346,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.
- The PCA is one of the fastest growing Presbyterian denominations in North America, and is among the fastest growing of all Christian denominations
- The PCA has over 570 long-term missionaries, 430 short-term workers and 6,500 two-week workers serving worldwide.
- The PCA has over 150 chaplains in all branches of the armed services.
Who We Are
The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was formed to be a denomination that is:
- Faithful to the Scriptures
- True to the Reformed Faith
- Obedient to the Great Commission
The PCA is an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian denomination. By Evangelical, we mean that we emphasize the gospel (good news of salvation) through faith in Jesus Christ, as well as affirming other orthodox Christian doctrines and holding to the inerrancy of Scripture.
The form of church government that we believe is most biblical is called “Presbyterian”.
This means the local churches are governed by “presbyters”, or elders, who are elected by the people. There are two kinds of elders. Teaching elders are pastors. Ruling elders are ordained laymen. This was the kind of government the New Testament Church enjoyed. Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5-7.
The elders sit in a “session”. This session has the oversight of the faith and life of the local church congregation. Representatives from the session along with the ordained ministers of the churches compose the “presbytery”. The presbytery has oversight of the ministries of the churches in a given geographical area.
Through the presbytery the work of many churches is coordinated and their combines efforts enable them to extend the Kingdom of Christ farther than would otherwise be possible.
The local churches also send commissioners, elders and ministers to the highest court in the church, the “General Assembly”. The assembly meets annually and enables all the churches to have a voice in guiding the spiritual and practical affairs of the entire denomination.
By Reformed, we mean that we are connected to the teachings of the historic church and the doctrinal beliefs recovered by the Reformation. These doctrinal beliefs are expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All officers of the PCA must personally subscribe to and uphold the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Where We Are Going
We desire to take the message of Jesus Christ’s atoning love on the cross to every nation so that all people will trust in Him alone for their salvation from sin.
We want to show compassion and render mercy, to love and to serve people from every ethnic group, nation and socio-economic level.