History

 

Sunday, 24 August 1997, Grace Bible Church had its inaugural worship service. At first services and Sunday School classes were held in the conference room of the Operation Mobilisation, at Wazir Hasan Road.

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A portion of the inaugural gathering.

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Dr Cyril Shipstone,the first chairperson of the board of elders, leading Kuru in a litany of dedication.

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Various leaders lay hands on Kuru setting him apart as pastor of Grace Bible Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 4, 2001, the services and Sunday School shifted to the home of Manji, Nalin, Bunny and Fizza Phillips. The Phillips family were very gracious and generous. They allowed the invasion of their home on Saturday nights, when three rooms were arranged for church and on Sundays three more rooms were taken over by the Sunday School.

 

 

 

May 18, 2003, seminary grad Paras Tayade was appointed Associate Pastor, even though the church had only 80 members and had no place of its own. The priority was that the church should continue beyond the time of the founding pastor.

 

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Pastor Kuru leads Paras in a litany of dedication

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Members of the church join Pastor Kuru in ordaining Paras to the pastoral ministry of Grace Bible Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2004, Ashish Khan became the first person to join seminary in preparation for Christian ministry. 

 

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2005, the church dedicated its first sanctuary, a flat in an apartment building.

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Children lead members in a procession from the Phillips's home to the new sanctuary next door.

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Pastor Paras leads in a litany

 

 

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Children's choir sings a special number

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Brother Sarvanand Lal, Lucknow's  senior-most pastor , was at the inaugural service to pray for God's blessing on Grace Bible Church.

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There was a fellowship lunch afterwards

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Instead of a big shot, a little girl named Grace, did the inauguration by cutting the ribbon. The children then invited the adults to enter. "A little child shall lead them... the Kingdom of God belongs to children.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gbc_hp1Member John Thomas Raja had been holding worship meetings in and around Allipur Village in the Barabanki District. On 18th Jan 2009, with permission from Pastor Kuru, Raja organised a group to form the Allipur Grace Bible Church. Raja was then ordained as the pastor of the Allipur church in a joint service held at the sanctuary in the city and attended by the folks from Allipur on the 19th of April. Later in November the city folks joined the village church to lay a foundation for a sanctuary to be built in the village. Nothing came of it and the kuccha (temporary and makeshift) foundation didn’t hold for long. In March 2013, a proper foundation was laid and finally the village church building was dedicated in December on the fifteenth.

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gbc_hp5On April 27, 2014, Pastor Kuru, on reaching 65 retired from being in charge of the pastoral administration of Grace Bible Church. Rev Raja and Raj Upadhyay took over as the pastors of Grace Bible Church, while Kuru became the Emeritus Pastor of the church.