Who We Are
Many in our church family live in the surrounding community and neighborhoods, so we often run into each other at the local grocery stores, at our kids’ and grandkids’ baseball games, or at events hosted by Messiah University, which is right next door to us!
We seek to be friendly and welcoming. When you come to Grantham Church, right away you will notice our welcome centers where you’ll be greeted warmly from the moment you walk in the doors and assisted in where to go.
We are serious about making disciples of Jesus, serving our neighbors and enemies, and welcoming everyone we meet.
In short, we are all about leading people to the God who looks like Jesus.
Meet Our Pastor
Senior Pastor David Flowers
David received a B.A. in Religion from East Texas Baptist University and a MTS in Biblical Studies from Houston Graduate School of Theology, a missional, multi-cultural, and multi-denominational seminary. He has over 20 years of ministry experience in and outside the church, pastoring churches in Texas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
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What We Believe
Our beliefs at Grantham Church are based on the doctrine and core values of the Brethren in Christ. We are part of a dynamic movement of God’s Spirit. We have seen lives change through encountering Jesus Christ.
At our church, we develop lifelong followers of Jesus who believe in these tenets:
We value the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
We value the Bible as God’s Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love and acceptance.
We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation and non-violent resolution of conflict.
We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
We confess our dependence on God for everything and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.
About Grantham BIC Church
For more than 100 years, Grantham Church has been providing a welcoming place to worship Christ. Our unique location is just steps away from the campus of Messiah University and gives us a unique opportunity to reach people in Grantham and the nearby Mechanicsburg community, as well as those who are studying at Messiah and their families.
A Brief History of the Brethren In Christ
The Brethren in Christ (BIC) roots date more than 100 years before Grantham Church was erected.
Most historians believe the BIC began between the years of 1775 to 1788 when a group of Mennonites along the Susquehanna River believed it was necessary to have a Spirit-empowered faith that was transformative for the individual, the church, and the world around them. This was in response to the over-intellectualization of the faith among Anabaptists in those years.
These Anabaptists embraced Pietism and began referring to themselves as “the Brethren” or “River Brethren” to distinguish them from Mennonites. Around the time of the Civil War in the United States, the Brethren decided to record themselves under the present name, “Brethren in Christ.”
During the early years of the BIC, people met in others’ houses instead of establishing a place of their own to worship. The BIC eventually developed a strong focus on missions and church-planting and began to spread its influence —existing today in over 20 countries worldwide.
While the spiritual identity of the Grantham Church is unique to our local context, we’re guided by and committed to beliefs and practices from four major historical streams of the BIC:
Anabaptism — non-violence, peacemaking, service, simple living, etc.
Pietism — heart-felt conversion and personal experiences of renewed life in Christ
Wesleyanism — Arminian theology (free will), holy living, and women in ministry
Evangelicalism — a passion for Jesus, the Scriptures, and reaching the lost
As Luke Keefer Jr., a BIC historian and theologian, once wrote: when we blend multiple traditions, each are impacted by the other. So, like a mixed fruit drink, we must harmonize and synthesize these streams to create a unique ecclesial flavor. We are committed to this at Grantham Church.