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July 16, 2017 Update:

This Leadership News & Vision update from Grace leadership communicates our vision, explains Ben Seneker’s role, introduces Amanda McLamb, Outreach Director and introduces our new working name, Grace Mills River.


Click here to read or download the notes

 Listen to Tony Giles' sermon on Shepherding


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June 25, 2017 Update:

PatrickLaffery FamilyA congregational vote was held after the second service on 6.25, and Patrick Lafferty (and family) were overwhelmingly accepted and called as the new Lead Pastor for Grace. Please be in prayer for Patrick as he will now go before Presbytery on July 11th, for questioning and examination to approve this call.           





June 19, 2017 Update:

2017 GuestSpeaker LaffertyWe were excited to welcome Patrick and Christy Lafferty along with their three children to Grace over the weekend. There were several opportunities for Grace members and attenders to introduce themselves and talk with the Lafferty's.

On Sunday, June 18, we welcomed Patrick to preach during both worship services.

Click here to listen online: Why Bryan's Right

If you have any questions for the Pastor Search Team before the Congregational Vote, please plan to attend a special Q&A with the Pastor Search Team on Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm-8:30pm in Room 305 in the Education Building.

  • Sunday, June 25th, 12 noon, Congregational Meeting for members to vote to accept and call Patrick Lafferty as the Lead Pastor for Grace (must be a member and present to vote). Grace members are encouraged to attend the second worship service and stay for the vote next week.


Continue scrolling to read more about Patrick and hear a sampling of his sermons below...



June 4, 2017: Pastor Search Team Update


We, the Pastor Search Team, would like to sincerely thank you for your prayers and patience over these last months. We are pleased to announce that, by God's grace, we have chosen a candidate! The candidate's name is Patrick Lafferty and he has been unanimously decided upon by our team and has the endorsement of the Session.

IMG 1617We have really enjoyed getting to know Patrick and his family over the last few months. The team process included: written questions, three online Zoom interviews, a visit by Patrick and his family to Asheville (5 days), and four members of the search team traveling to visit the candidate in his home environment and church. All of these interactions have affirmed our belief that Patrick and his wife would be wonderful leaders for our beloved church. We have grown to love him and his family and we know that you will, too!

We are pleased to announce that Patrick will be visiting with us here at Grace on the weekend of June 18th. There will be three opportunities for the body to interact with him and we will also hear him preach on Sunday. Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00pm, the search team will have an open forum where members can come and ask questions of the search team following Patrick's visit. The following Sunday, June 25th, members of Grace will vote (must be present) on whether or not to accept the candidate that the search team has recommended as Lead Pastor of Grace Community Church.

Patrick, Christy and their three children are as lovable as they come! They are open and warm with hearts for the broken and lost. We have seen great compassion and humility in them which adds to their evident knowledge and abilities. We see a family that is enraptured by the work that Christ has done and is spurred to action by the love they have received in Him. We are thrilled to announce them to you as our recommendation.

The Pastor Search Team

6.04.17 PST Announcement from Graceworks Media on Vimeo.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, June 16th, 7pm-9pm: Pavilion, Bring a dessert and enjoy live music.
  • Saturday, June 17th, drop-in, 3pm-6pm, Gallery, Meet & Greet, Q&A with Patrick
  • Sunday, June 18th, Pastor Lafferty preaching during both services
  • Sunday, June 18th, 12pm-1 pm, Gallery, reception
  • Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm-8:30pm, Grace, Q&A with Pastor Search Team at Grace
  • Sunday, June 25th, 12 noon, Congregational Meeting for members to vote to accept and call Patrick Lafferty as the Lead Pastor for Grace (must be a member and present to vote). Grace members are encouraged to attend the second worship service and stay for the vote next week.





A Sampling of Patrick's Sermons:


A Sampling of Articles written by Patrick:



May 21, 2017

A brief Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, May 21 following each worship service. Updates were shared by elders Walt Childs and Joe Dement about the pastor search team process and upcoming plans.

Click the link below to download the meeting summary or watch the extended Q&A Video summary below. If you have any questions regarding the information shared in this meeting, please contact Allison Rickman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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5/21/17 Leadership News & Vision Notes
Pastor Search Team Update, Brian Land Sabbatical & Brevard Plant,
Ben Seneker - New Church Planting Pastor, Equipping Administrator


Walt & Joe Q&A from Graceworks Media on Vimeo.


Walt & Joe Q&A from Graceworks Media on Vimeo.