Bethany Grace Fellowship

Our mission

To introduce people to Jesus, love each other as family, and grow together in Christ.

our vision

To be a thriving church that imitates Christ, impacts community for eternity, and is the unified body of Christ.

To Thrive

(Imitate Christ)

To Impact

(Community for Eternity)

To Unify

(Followers of Christ)

our values

Gospel Centered - The good news of God’s grace in Christ is the message that everyone needs to hear. For believers, it is central and shaping for life and discipleship.

Scripture Saturated

- The whole Bible is necessary, authoritative and sufficient for us to glorify, know, love and serve God.

Grace Oriented

- We seek to represent the loving heart of our Father in the way we engage the world and disciple believers. Spiritual growth is a matter of the heart. We reject legalism and believe that God’s forgiveness does not give us license to sin.

our values

Mission Focused

- Everything that happens at Bethany Grace Fellowship should contribute in some way to fulfilling our stated mission.

Community Embedded

- God desires intimate relationship with us and has designed us for fellowship with Him and each other in the context of a local church community.

Prayer Dependent

- Every idea, effort, and decision is dependent upon God, as expressed in humble, reliant prayer.

Our Story

Desiring to free themselves from the legalism of the Lancaster Conference Mennonite Church, six couples pulled together to dream of what church could be.  Their vision was of a church that would preach and teach the true Word of God, unhindered by rules added by men.  In September 1957 these like-minded families joined together to form Blue Ball Mennonite Church. 

  • As the years ticked by that little church of six families grew. Along with growth cam necessary location and name changes, but the heart stayed true - avoid legalism and preach God's word.
  • Blue Ball Mennonite Church - September 1, 1957, meeting at the Blue Ball Fire Company.
  • Bethany Mennonite Church - September 8, 1959, meeting at the former school building at the corner of West Black Creek Road and Rt. 625.
  • Bethany Mennonite Church - April 30, 1961, meeting at our current location, Rt. 625 and Union Grove Road.
  • Bethany Grace Fellowship - September 16, 2001, the congregation voted to change the name to further step away from perceived legalism and/or liberalism that the Mennonite name can carry.

Bethany's goal has remained true from the beginning: to preach and teach the whole Word of God, free from man-made rules, a church that encourages life and life to the full (John 10:10).  We strive to live out our faith in a tangible way.  Bethany embraces the idea of mission, going into our world and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We strive to uphold the sanctity of life and family, remembering that we are adopted into God's family.  We seek to minister to those in need, banding together to make a difference in our world, sharing our lives, and our resources, to the honor and glory of God.

In short, Bethany's Mission is to introduce people to Jesus,  love each other as family, and grow together in Christ.

Our Statement of Doctrine

The Statement of Doctrine expresses as a summary of our faith, the essentials of the Gospel and the basis of our unity in Jesus Christ. 

We align ourselves with the Doctrinal Statement of AMEC of which Bethany Grace Fellowship is a member

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative, written Word of God.

2. We believe there is one God, sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

3. We believe that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh, at once fully divine and fully human. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present ministry of intercession, and His personal return in power and glory.

4. We believe that human beings were created in the image of God but rebelled against God and are therefore fallen, lost, estranged from their Creator, and in need of salvation.

5. We believe that only those who, by grace through faith, receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are converted, born again of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.

6. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit who convicts persons of sin, brings them to repentance, enables the Christian to pursue a life characterized by personal holiness and faithful discipleship in obedience to Jesus Christ, and gives "spiritual gifts" to the Church which enrich worship, provide for spiritual oversight, and enhance effectiveness in witness.

7. We believe that the Church, the "Body of Christ," is composed of all those of every nation who through saving faith have entered into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. We further believe that the Church is at the very center of God's cosmic purpose, and that He has committed to the Church and every member of it the task of making Christ known throughout the world.

8. We believe that local congregations of baptized believers exist to equip the Body of Christ through such means as worship, teaching, fellowship and prayer to spread the Gospel of Christ; to extend the influence of the Kingdom of God in the world; and to turn themselves outward to their local communities in evangelistic witness and compassionate service. We further believe that the quality of "body life" among believers in caring congregations is essential for effective evangelism and outreach.

9. We believe that the reality of sin in the human heart results in suffering, injustice, strife, and moral decay in society.

10. We believe that, in Jesus Christ, the way of love and reconciliation is revealed as God's way for His people and that the people of God are called to value the sanctity of human life, alleviate suffering, reject retaliation and personal vengeance, work for peace in all relationships, and to live as responsible stewards of all of God's creation.

11. We believe that God instituted marriage and the family at the beginning of human history. Right sexual union takes place only within the marriage relationship, which is a covenant between one man and one woman for life, and the family formed from such a union is the God-ordained context for the birth and nurture of children.

12. We believe in the resurrection of all people, those who are saved unto the resurrection of everlasting blessedness with the Lord, and those who are lost to eternal separation from God.

13. We believe that, in the fullness of time, God will bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, the Lord Jesus Christ.