WHO WE ARE
We're Orlando Grace Church. We hope that you feel at home from the first time you walk in the door.
We exist to grow in Christ, bless our city, and send to the world.
Whether you're just beginning or have known God for years, we're glad you're here and excited for what God is doing in your life.
Our Core Values
- Blessing Our City - Seeking the welfare of our city by engaging Orlando with the Gospel in word and deed. (Matt. 28:16-20; Jer. 29:1-7)
- Equipping Our People - Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. (Eph. 4:12-16)
- Contextualizing Our Mission - Appropriately and Biblically contextualize the ministries of OGC for maximum gospel impact. (Acts 17)
- Stewarding Our Resources - Steward our time, talent, treasure, facilities, and other resources for maximum kingdom impact. (Luke 14:28-30)
- Sending Our Best - Resolving to send out church planters, missionaries, interns, and pastors. (Acts 11:19-30)
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Of the Holy Scripture
The Bible (found in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. Nature and creation show the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, but are not sufficient to give the knowledge of God or His will. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life is either expressly set down or necessarily contained in the Bible. The authority of the Bible is not dependent on the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God, Who is truth itself.
2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Gal. 1:8-9
Of God and the Holy Trinity
The Lord our God is one only, living, and true God; whose subsistence is in and of Himself. He is infinite in being and in perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions. He is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute. He works all things according to the counsel of His own will. In this divine and infinite Being there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are of one substance, power, and eternity; each one having divinity. This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of our communion with God and our dependence on Him.
Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4, 6; Jeremiah 10:10; John 4:24; Ps. 115:3; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14
Of God’s Decree
God has decreed from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, all things that will come to pass, but so as that God is neither the author of sin nor has any fellowship with sin. By the decree of God for the display of His glory some of humanity are predestined to eternal life, through Jesus Christ to the praise of His glorious name. This choosing is from the good pleasure of God’s will and is out of His mere free grace and love; without any other thing within the creature as a condition for this decree.
Isaiah 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:13; Eph. 2:5
In the beginning, it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to create the world and all things therein in the space of six days. God created for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness; all that He created was very good. After making all other creatures, God created humans, male and female. God created humans with reasonable and immortal souls, rendering them fit to life with God. They were created in God’s image: in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness.
John 1:2-3; Job 26:13; Gen. 2:1-2; Gen. 1:27; Ecc. 7:29
Of Divine Providence
God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power, and wisdom upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures and things, from the greatest to the least, to the end for which they were created. He does this by His infallible foreknowledge and the the free, immutable counsel of His own will. This is to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy.
Heb. 1:3; Job 38:11; Isaiah 46:10-11; Psalm 135:6; Matt. 10:29-31; Eph. 1:11
Of the Fall
Although God created man upright and perfect and gave him a righteous law, Satan deceived Eve, who then deceived Adam, and they, without compulsion, did willfully transgress the Law of their Creator. By this sin, our first parents fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we fell in them – all becoming dead in sin and wholly defiled. From this original corruption, we are utterly indisposed, disabled, made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil.
Gen. 2:16-17; Gen 3:12-13; 2 Cor. 11:3
Of God’s Covenant
The distance between God and the creature is so great that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience unto Him as their Creator, they could have never attained the reward of life except by some voluntary condescension on God’s part – which He was pleased to express by way of covenant. Man having brought himself under the curse of the Law by the fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace wherein He freely offers unto sinners life and salvation in Jesus Christ, requiring faith in Him that they might be saved.
Luke 17:10; Job 35:7-8; Gen. 2:17; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 8:3; John 3:16
It pleases God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus His only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man; the Prophet, Priest, and King; Head and Savior of His church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world. The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father’s glory, of one substance and equal with Him. The Lord Jesus by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which He through the Holy Spirit once offered up to God, has fully satisfied the justice of God, procured reconciliation, and purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father has given to Him.
Isa. 41:1; 1 Pet. 1:19-20; Acts 3:22; Heb. 5:5-6; Psalm 2:6
Of Effectual Calling
Those whom God has predestined to life, He is pleased to effectually call by His Word and Spirit them out of their state of sin and death to grace and salvation in Jesus Christ by enlightening their minds to understand the things of God, taking away their heart of stone and giving them a heart of flesh, renewing their wills by His almighty power, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ – yet so they come freely, being made willing by His grace. This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not anything at all foreseen in man, nor from any power or agency in the creature.
Rom. 8:30; Rom. 11:7; Eph. 1:10-11; Eph. 2:1-6; Acts 26:18; 2 Tim. 2:19; Eph. 2:8
Those whom God effectually calls, He also freely justifies by pardoning their sins and accepting them as righteous; not by anything in them or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone, by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole Law and passive obedience in His death as their sole righteousness. Faith is the lone instrument of justification, but is not alone in the person justified but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces and is no dead faith, but worked by love.
Rom. 3:24; Rom. 8:30; 1 Cor. 1:30-31; Rom. 5:17-19; Gal. 5:6; James 2:17,22,26
They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new Spirit created in them, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection are also further sanctified by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them. The dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed and the several lusts are more and more weakened and mortified, and they are more strengthened in all saving graces to the practice of all true holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. Sanctification is throughout the whole man, yet is imperfect in this life, because there still remains a remnant of corruption.
Acts 20:32; Rom. 6:5-6; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 5:23; Rom. 7:18,23
Of Saving Faith
The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts. This is ordinarily brought by the ministry of the Word and the administration of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and other means appointed by God. By this faith, a Christian believes whatsoever is revealed in the Word to be the true authority of God Himself.
2 Cor. 4:13; Eph 2:8; Rom. 10:14; Acts 24:14
Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation
This saving repentance is an evangelical grace, where the person, by the Holy Spirit, is made sensible of the total evil of his in, and in faith in Christ humbles himself with godly sorrow, detests the sin, and prays for pardon and strength of grace with the purpose and endeavor to walk before God to please Him in all things. Repentance is to be continued through the whole course of life.
Zech. 12:10; Acts 11:18; Ezek. 36:31; 2 Cor. 7:11; Luke 19:8
Jim Davis is Teaching Pastor at Orlando Grace Church. Jim was born in Orlando, FL and went to Florida State University. He is married to his wife Angela and they have four children (Turner, Collins, Ivey, and James). Jim is host of the As In Heaven podcast on the TGC Podcast Network. Jim and Angela speak for Family Life’s Weekend To Remember marriage conferences. Jim received his Mdiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Robert serves as Executive Director at OGC. In the past, he has worked as a project manager and systems director for both commercial and Christian non-profit organizations and has served multiple churches in various vocational and volunteer ministry roles. He and his wife, Julianne, and their two children live in Altamonte Springs. Robert loves books and hates even short walks on the beach.
Children's Ministry Director
Amanda serves as our Children’s Ministry Director. She is a graduate of Rollins College. She and her husband Rodney are the proud parents of Grant, Rosie, Clara, and Blake.
Student Ministry Director
Ben is born and raised in Central Florida. He holds a degree in Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben is currently a M.Div student at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is newly married to Allison.
Jen serves as an Executive Assistant at OGC. She and her husband Steven, along with their two children Dylan and Olivia, reside in the Winter Springs area. Jen is a former homeschooling mother and enjoys bike rides with her kids and husband when it's not 100 degrees!
Ericson Joubert serves as a Pastoral Resident at Orlando Grace Church. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to immigrant parents from the Caribbean. He attended Valdosta State University and received a B.A. in Sociology. He has served at Perimeter Church as the two-year resident. Ericson is married to Rachel and they have three children. He received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Jonathan serves as a Pastoral Resident at Orlando Grace Church. He attended Mississippi State University. He was on staff with CRU and TEAM in Italy ministering the gospel to college students and the local church in Italy from 2009-2018. Jonathan and his wife, Amy, have two children.
Clara serves as the Graphic Designer at OGC. She graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Central Florida in 2017 and has been working as a freelance designer ever since. Clara is married to Kiefer and they have two daughters, Wilhelmina and Maven.
Clark graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2020, where he met his wife, Ragan. They were married in July of 2021. They moved from Jacksonville, where they worked in anti-money laundering. Clark is seeking his M.Div from RTS Orlando, and Ragan works for ThirdMill Ministries.
ElderJim Davis is Teaching Pastor at Orlando Grace Church. Jim was born in Orlando, FL and went to Florida State University. He is married to his wife Angela and they have four children (Turner, Collins, Ivey and James). Jim and Angela speak for Family Life’s Weekend To Remember marriage conferences. Jim received his Mdiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
ElderKurt Bowerman serves as an elder at Orlando Grace Church. Kurt has served in the past as Associate National Director at Cru Global (Campus Crusade for Christ) and now is co-owner of two construction businesses. Kurt is married to Wendy and they have four children.
ElderRyan serves as an elder at Orlando Grace Church. Ryan and his wife Sherry have four daughters. He is a graduate of University of Central Florida and is the Principal Engineer at Kittelson and Associates and works primarily in transportation engineering. Ryan and Sherry co-lead the Wekiva Community group.
Elder (On Sabbatical)Mike serves as Associate Pastor of Administration at OGC. He holds a B.S. in Religious Studies from University of Florida and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Mike is married to Sara. They have two children Joseph and London.
ElderDan Humbert serves as an elder at Orlando Grace Church. Dan became a Christian while attending Michigan State University where he met his wife Carrie. They were married in the MSU campus chapel in 1987. They have four kids. Dan has lead small group bible studies since his early Christian days, was part of a church plant in Chicago, and leads the Oviedo Community Group at OGC. Dan’s prior job relocated him to the Orlando area in 1999. He currently works as a Senior Project Manager for SCS Cloud.
ElderAdam Smith serves as an elder at Orlando Grace Church. Adam became a Christian while attending Eastern Kentucky University. He received his M.Div and Th.M from SBTS where he met his wife Krystal. They have three kids. He currently works in commercial insurance for Hub International.
ElderRodney serves as an elder at Orlando Grace Church. Rodney and his wife Amanda have four children. He is a graduate of University of Central Florida and is a Financial Services Account Executive with the Florida League of Cities. Rodney and Amanda lead the Longwood Community group. They have worshiped at Orlando Grace Church since 2005.
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Orlando Grace Church is part of the Acts 29 Network – a diverse, global family of church-planting churches characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.
As part of our core values we value church planting and seek to invest heavily domestically and internationally in planting healthy Gospel-centered churches.
Justin & Abbey Valiquette: Acts 29 Europe, Nuova Vita, Salerno, Italy
Justin and Abbey serve in Salerno, Italy as church planters. Their church meets in the historic city center. Their aim is to plant many more Gospel-centered churches in Southern Italy.
Greg and Christina Willson: Acts 29 Europe Church Plant: Reedemer Manchester
The Willsons live in Manchester, England and are planting a church in the neighborhood of Chorlton.
Winston and Brenda-Lee Miller: Church Plant in Lauderhill, Florida: Grace Life Church
The Millers live in Lauderhill, Florida and are planting a church in that community. The aim is to launch Sunday morning gatherings in 2020.
We have had a long history of being a greenhouse for Gospel-centered pastors, ministry workers, and missionaries as a local church. Our alumni are ministering in dozens of cities, states, and countries around the globe.
One of the unique stewardships of being a local church near a major seminary is loving those ministry minded persons and households well. Several years ago we created our Pastoral Internship program to formalize multiple ministry tracks. There are many challenges to getting good people educated, trained, and experienced launched into new ministry contexts. We have designed a program to help navigate these realities.