Our origin goes back to 1944 with the commencement of Bible classes designed to reach KSU students. Over the next several years these Bible studies developed into a small congregation. Our size, meeting locations, and names have changed (Second Baptist, College Baptist, and finally Grace) but our ‘DNA’ has not: we’ve always been about teaching God’s Word, praying together, and making disciples both locally and globally. Today, many students from both Kansas State and Manhattan Christian College are vitally involved in the life and ministry of the church, as are many military families from nearby Fort Riley. Our missions program has sent out more than 100 full-time workers through the years. Sunday worship attendance first broke the 500 level in 1973 and has remained in the 375 to 575 range ever since. Grace has a wonderful history of innovative ministry, including these highlights:
• Major building projects (1964, 1978, 1997)
• Faith Promise missions program (1965)
• Multiple Sunday morning services (since 1973)
• Formation of care groups (1974)
• Helping International Students (H.I.S.) ministry created (1977)
• Elder ministry organized (1984)
• AWANA program launched (2001)
• Missions partnership formed with African churches (Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church, 2011).
God has blessed this ministry in powerful ways. Many thousands of lives have been impacted by Grace over the years, both locally and around the world.