One of the foundational values of Grace Church is that we are COMPELLED TO SERVE. The primary means by which we do that is through our Life Groups who serve the needs of their neighbors and the church as a group. Our church also wants to empower everyone to serve God using their gifts and talents. Click here to let us know areas you'd be interested to serve in.
Part of our Church mission statement is "Restoring lives." We partner with individuals and organizations all over the world to extend the restoring work of Grace Church. Toward that end, we want you to meet our incredible Mission Partners. Each of these were uniquely chosen because of these guiding principles:
PARTNERSHIP - We serve with those who can share ministry with us, where we can mutually resource one another and regularly support one another.
ALIGNMENT - We are a unique tribe of faith and for that we are grateful. We partner with folks who are in agreement with our unique church values and vision.
RESTORATION - God will one day restore all things and God invites us to take part in that work now. We serve with those who are doing the long haul work to restore systems, families, people and communities.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS - We have a passion to see the next generation be connected to the gospel.
DISCIPLESHIP - We seek to partner with those who move people beyond evangelism to deeper places in faith.
Tiffany Howard - CRU at BGSU
My name is Tiffany Howard. I'm a Grace Church and Perrysburg native. I work as a Team Leader with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), engaging in the development of staff and students at Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg University, and Tiffin University. The heartbeat of our movements is faithful evangelism and discipleship. We are trusting God and his Spirit as we seek to introduce students to him, build them up as faithful multiplying disciples, and send them out as fruitful laborers for the Gospel after graduation. This all takes place within the environment of the college campus, where I believe I can live out my personal passion for ministry in equipping and sending Gospel Workers to the world, as God uniquely meets students (like me!) and calls them to himself in the midst of significant growth and transition.
All funding that receive contribute to my salary, medical benefits, retirement and most importantly-- ministry expenses such as missions, retreats, conferences, discipleship with students, evangelism, and ministry supplies and training. The funds that I receive from Grace Church, specifically, can fund an entire summer mission trip, which is one of my favorite opportunities that I have as a staff member of Cru because of the incredible growth that students experience-- equipping them for lifelong secular or vocational ministry.
The Badenhops - CRU at OSU
We are Aaron and Elisabeth Badenhop, and our daughters are Brooke and Molly. We work with Cru at OSU, helping students and faculty to find God through faith in Christ and to grow in relationship with Him. Aaron is program director of a ministry program called The Thompson Institute, a network of Christian faculty that are seeking to invest their lives into others on our secular university campus. We serve in this ministry because God used Cru to change our own lives in college, and because there is not a more strategic place in our society for Christians to have a fruitful witness for Christ, than a university like Ohio State.
Aaron grew up just a few blocks from Grace, and the church's partnership with our ministry has been an incredible blessing for many years. Grace's financial support has provided a portion of our salary with Cru, so that our ministry on campus with students and faculty can receive our focused attention. It is so encouraging to know that we don’t have to do this alone, but that there are mission partners like Grace who care about and pray for our ministry.
The McKells - Agape Europe
Ed and Kim McKell and family have deep roots in Grace Church and have answered a call to go into the mission field in Germany. They are serving with Agape Europe, the Western European branch of Campus Crusade for Christ. The core of their mission is to win, build, and disciple students for Christ.
The Hammitts - International Tribal Ministries
We are Aaron and Tara Hammitt, and we live in Cochabamba, Bolivia with our three children: Ian, Ella, and Aliza. Aaron is a pilot with International Tribal Ministries, a mission whose focus is planting churches and discipling believers in isolated and unreached communities of Bolivia. Through the aviation program, we support and multiply the effectiveness of ITM's Bolivian and North American missionaries who are planting churches, operating our radio station, and running a Bible Institute in the town of San Lorenzo. We also provide emergency medical transport, deliver supplies, and take short-term volunteers into the communities where ITM serves.
The financial support we receive from Grace Church helps to cover the costs of ministry and our family's living expenses. Your partnership through prayer and encouragement is also a vital part of sustaining our family amidst the challenges of living and ministering in Bolivia.
The Normands - Deborah House
The Deborah House in Romania is a home for girls and young women who have been abandoned or abused, giving them a safe place of love, healing, acceptance and hope.
Introduced to Grace Church by Jeff and Deb Normand, we support them financially and with trips by Grace members to engage one-on-one with the girls.
Billy Wayne - Vision Productions
Billy Wayne travels throughout the U.S. and Mexico to share the Gospel and Godly Truth through song, drama, testimony, and Scripture. He goes to churches, prisons, youth camps, retreats, and rallies. He has a deep passion to Restore Lives of those most tragically broken. Through God’s Word, music, and testimony, Billy Wayne delivers a powerful message of hope to reveal God’s love and mercy as the answer, no matter what the circumstance.
The Nielsens - Missions International of America
We, Jay & Jan Nielsen, are the founders of Missions International of America (MIA). MIA’s purpose is to show Christ’s love to the people in Savanette, Haiti by providing education, medical assistance , and agricultural education with the goal of creating employment and sustainability.
When we felt God’s calling to build a school in Haiti, members at Grace Church shared our vision and graciously and generously have supported MIA’s work since 2004. The school is named after Brad Reddick, who was a cherished member of our congregation. Jan was serving on Christian education committee with Brad at the time we began discussions about the school. After his death, we knew the school needed to be named after his legacy of faith and devotion.
Pastor Earl - Vision Ministries
Vision Ministries is a vibrant worship community led by Pastor Earl Harris in South Toledo that serves by meeting essential physical needs—food, clothing, financial assistance and more. Their passion is to show the love of Christ with every person they meet, whether it is through our food ministry or while they are out praying for the community.
Perrysburg Christians United
PCU Serves the needs of the community through its various projects and services. PCU is a 100% volunteer operations and relies on the generosity of the community to support its mission. Perrysburg Christians United is the cooperation of 12 churches formed in 1973. The purpose of Perrysburg Christians United, PCU, is to provide for the needs of the community through an active food bank, annual blood drives, crisis assistance, and a Christmas toy project. PCU serves individuals and families who live in Northern Wood County, north of State Route 582. The Food Pantry is open Mondays from 1-3 p.m. and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. and is located at the back of the Grace Church parking lot.
Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission
Since 1955, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission has been answering the call of Christ given in Matthew 25:35-36 by sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and ministering to the needs of the poor in NW Ohio, SE Michigan. TGRM ministries include a men's shelter, Rebekah's Haven for homeless single mothers and their small children, Mission Mall clothing distribution and household items, and TGRM Outreach Center to those in need of encouragement and support!
Grace Church makes a big impact through TGRM as it partners in financial giving, donation of gently used clothing & household items, and volunteerism in chapels, projects, and fundraising events! Thank you for being a BIG part of the life-changing ministries of Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission!
The Blairs - Operation Mobilization
Grant and Gail Blair are serving with Operation Mobilization. OM has 3,300 missionaries from more than 95 nations working in 110 countries and on two missions ships. The Blair’s answered their call for by moving their family to South Africa where they coordinated OM’s field operations for the entire continent for 6.5 years. They have now transitioned back to the States, resourcing missionaries in Operation Mobilization to share the gospel with the whole world.
YMCA of Greater Toledo
The YMCA wants to genuinely serve and care for people within the YMCA of Greater Toledo community. They have solid mechanisms put in place to help members, volunteers and staff should they desire our help spiritually. These include but are not limited to, Bible studies, chatting with a Chaplain, and finding a local church.