About Grace Church
We aim to love God, love and support one another,and love the community around us.
Graham is Grace Church’s senior pastor. He is also the Director of Free Church Training at Oakhill Theological College in north London. Graham has written a number of books, including: Emotions: Living Life in Colour (2012, IVP), Mirror, Mirror: discover your true identity in Christ (2008, IVP), Planting for the gospel: a hands on guide to church planting (2011, Christian Focus)
Josh joined Grace Church as assistant pastor in summer 2016 with the goal of leading a new church plant from Grace in 2018. Josh was previously an assistant pastor near Bristol, and has also worked as a UCCF staffworker in Oxford and Brunel. Josh studied medicine at Cambridge and also holds an MPhil in Theology.
Matt is an elder at Grace Church and also serves as a homegroup leader. He has helped to lead Grace Church since it was planted in 2012. Matt is originally from the U.S. and has lived and worked locally for more than 20 years.
Patrick leads a homegroup and serves as an elder. He became a Christian as a student through the witness of the Christian Union. He has been a member at Grace Church since it was planted.
Jo serves as a Community Worker and leads Grace Church’s Christians Against Poverty (CAP) work, including helping local people with free debt counselling and job-seekers workshops. Jo is also an R.N. and works as a nurse in Cambridge.
Deacon for Children and Youth
Jo leads the Children and Youth programmes at Grace Church. An experienced teacher, Jo plans the curriculum and supports the teachers for our Grace Kids programmes and assists parents as they teach their children at home.
Alison serves as the Grace Church Treasurer and also serves as part of the church’s Job Club for local job-seekers. Alison is also the administrator for the Training for East Anglia Ministry (TEAM) course.
Deacon for Facilities
Mark serves as a deacon and manages Grace Church’s facilities and Sunday services in North Cambridge Academy. Mark is an electronics engineer working in Cambridge.
Our Statement of Faith
Grace Church is a reformed, evangelical church. Our statement of faith outlines what we believe and is a basic summary of biblical teaching.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
The Human Race
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.