Our Leadership

Grace City believes in the shared leadership of the local church. While Christ is the head of the church, He entrusts men and women to care for the church and provide leadership to fulfill its mission. The plurality of leadership helps our church to practice wisdom and humility while following Christ’s direction for His church. Our elder team provides the long-term vision for our church and protects its mission and direction. Our staff leads the day to day ministries of the church.

Our Staff

David Hederman

David Hederman

Lead Pastor
Elder
david@gracecityjackson.org

Matt Briggs

Matt Briggs

Family Pastor
mbriggs@gracecityjackson.org

Christopher Weeks

Christopher Weeks

College Pastor
Elder
christopher@gracecityjackson.org

Rich Price

Rich Price

Worship Pastor & Community Groups
Elder
rich@gracecityjackson.org

Stevie Franks

Stevie Franks

Family Ministry Associate
stevie@gracecityjackson.org

 

Our Interns

 

Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis

Family Ministry Intern

 

Leigh Anne Blalock

Leigh Anne Blalock

Family Ministry Intern

 

Emily Hankins

Emily Hankins

Family Ministry Intern

 

Austin King

Austin King

Family Ministry Intern

 

Our Elders

Lane Beasley

Lane Beasley

Elder

Joshua Norris

Joshua Norris

Elder

Neal Wise

Neal Wise

Elder

Will Watkins

Will Watkins

Elder

VISION / MISSION / VALUES

VISION

We will create a church where people experience the love of Jesus and join in His redeeming work.

MISSION

We will help people discover life in Christ: by grace, in community, and with purpose.

Values

Gospel-Centered
The gospel is the good news that Christ came to this earth to redeem and restore that which was destroyed by sin. Because of Christ’s work on the cross that paid for our sins, we are credited with His righteousness and are redeemed into a relationship with God. As complete as Christ’s work on the cross is, the gospel is not done with us. The Holy Spirit continues to use the gospel of Christ to teach us, guide us and direct us in living our lives for the glory of God. Our desire is for the gospel of Christ to be central in all that we do. Romans 1:14-17, 15:15-17 / First Corinthians 15:1-3 / Ephesians 1:13-14 / Philippians 1:27-28
In Progress
The Holy Spirit continues the work of the gospel in our lives until Christ comes back for His church. We haven’t arrived as Christians by just being a part of a church but constantly need to be refined to the likeness of Christ. Come as you are, but be in progress. Philippians 2:12-13, 3:12-16 / Ephesians 4:11-13 / Second Thessalonians 1:3 / Second Peter 1:3-9
Community
We see the value of community modeled throughout the disciples’ interaction with Jesus and the birth of the church. It’s in community that we learn of the gospel and God’s Word. It’s in community where we learn to love one another by applying God’s Word to our lives. It is community that sustains the church’s ability to influence both the individual and society. Acts 2:42-43 / Philippians 2:1-4 / First John 4:7-12 / Hebrews 10:24-25 
Simple
Life is complicated. At Grace City we are creating environments that push back against the complexity of life. We want to empower our members to carry the gospel into all of life, and we feel one of the most helpful ways to do this is by not over-scheduling the church. We intentionally respect, value and encourage family time. Genesis 2:1-3 / Psalm 46:10 / Mark 4:35-41
Missional
God has intentionally placed us in our jobs, schools and neighborhoods to influence others for His kingdom. We are to be soul-conscious in all areas of life, knowing people are in desperate need of God, and He has called us to share His love. Matthew 28:18-20 / First Corinthians 9:19-23 / Jeremiah 29:4-9 / Acts 17:16-34

BELIEFS

WHAT WE BELIEVE | DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

What we believe as a church is commonly known as church doctrine. Our doctrine is the foundation by which we serve God. Grace City’s doctrinal statement has been categorized to assist you in understanding what we believe and teach through our various ministries.

THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Spirit of God inspired and guided the authors of Scripture to reveal His truth, His will and His counsel to all believers, of all times, including us today. As it is authored by God, the Bible is without error and defect in its’ wisdom and authority. We, as individuals and as communities of faith, are led by the Holy Spirit to submit to the authority of Scripture and apply the wisdom of Scripture to our daily life. It is through God’s word that we are led to salvation in Christ guided to live our lives for Christ and His purposes. Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19 / Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89, 105 / Luke 21:33; John 17:17 / Romans 15:4 / Second Timothy 3:15-17 / Hebrews 4:12 / Second Peter 1:19-21  
GOD
There is one living and true God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe these three are one God, and each possess the full nature, attributes and perfections of deity.  He is infinite in holiness, all powerful and all knowing. Deuteronomy 6:4 / Isaiah 45:5-6 / Isaiah 46:9-10 / John 14:16-19 / John 17:3 / First Corinthians 8:4-6 / First Timothy 2:5     
GOD THE FATHER
God as Father eternally reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures for the purposes of His grace. God the Father God as Father eternally reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures for the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. Genesis 1:1; 2:7 / Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 20:1ff. / Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6 / Psalm 19:1-3 / Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8 / Jeremiah 10:10 / Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19 / Mark 1:9-11 / John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8 / First Corinthians 8:6 / Galatians 4:6 / Ephesians 4:6 / Colossians 1:15 / First Peter 1:17 / First John 5:7 / Revelation 22:13
JESUS CHRIST
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. God the Son He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. Through His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body, ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return to Earth one day to reign as King. Isaiah 7:14; 53 / Matthew 1:18-25 / Luke 24:14-43 / John 1:1, 14 / Romans 8:34 / First Corinthians 15:3-8 / Second Corinthians 5:21 / Colossians 1:15-22; 2:9 / Titus 2:13-14 / Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:25 / First Peter 2:21-24  
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He enables humanity to understand their need for Jesus. God the Spirit The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service. Judges 14:6 / Psalm 51:11 / Isaiah 61:1-3 / Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 28:19 / Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 12:12; 24:49 / John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14 / Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 10:44; 13:2 / Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27 / Galatians 4:6 / Ephesians 1:13-14 / Second Timothy 1:14
MAN
Mankind was created by God in His own image for the purpose of bringing glory to God. However, man sinned, which resulted in both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. This spiritual death has been transmitted to the entire human race (except for Christ) with the result that every person is born into the world with a sinful nature that rebels against God and is under His condemnation. Outside of trusting Jesus for salvation, man’s sin nature prevents him from having a relationship with God. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of glorifying God. Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5, 7, 18-22; 3; 9:6 / Isaiah 43:7 / Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5 / Isaiah 6:5 / Jeremiah 17:5 / Matthew 16:26 / Acts 17:26-31 / Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12, 19; 6:6-7; 7:14-25; 8:14-18, 29 / First Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22 / Ephesians 2:1-22 / Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11  
SALVATION
Due to man’s sin nature, he is eternally separated from God and dependent on God for salvation from his sins. No amount of good works will enable man to have a saving relationship with God. Salvation is available through faith alone based solely on the death of Jesus Christ as the substitute for their sin. Christ’s resurrection demonstrated God’s full acceptance of His death as payment for sin and foreshadows the final resurrection of all believers. All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. Acts 2:21; 4:12 / Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19; 6:23 / Galatians 3:13, 22 / Ephesians 2:1-3 / Romans 5:1 / First John 5:13 / John 10:27-29  
THE CHURCH
The universal church consists of all who have repented of sin, trust Christ as their Savior, and follow Jesus as He is the Head of the Church. The Church is the body of Christ. The local church is an autonomous, geographically-local congregation of baptized believers who gather for worship, spiritual growth, service, fellowship and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church functions under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and is governed by pastors/elders. It grows in maturity as each member serves the body using the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit. Christ has commissioned the church and its individual members to spread the Gospel throughout the world. Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20 / Acts 2:41-42, 47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23, 27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28 / Romans 1:7 / First Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12 / Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11, 21; 5:22-32 / Colossians 1:18 / Titus 1:5-9 / Hebrews 11:39-40 / First Peter 5:1-4
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. All who have received Christ as Savior should be baptized by immersion as a symbolic testimony to their participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. Likewise, believers should regularly partake in the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s death and as a testimony of our fellowship with Him and our unity as the body of Christ.Matthew 28:18-20 / Acts 2:41-42 / First Corinthians 11:23-26  
LAST THINGS
We believe, at God’s appointed time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to Earth to establish His kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both believers and unbelievers. At the final judgment unbelievers will be separated into everlasting punishment and believers will live in God’s presence, worshiping Him forever. Matthew 25:31-46 / John 14:3 / Acts 1:6-11 / First Corinthians 15:20-26 / Philippians 3:20-21 / Second Thessalonians 1:5-10 / Hebrews 9:27-28 / Second Peter 3:7-13 / Revelation 20-22

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