OUR HISTORY & DENOMINATION
Grace Fellowship Church was once known as the Princeton Wesleyan Church and was established in Princeton in 1954, with Rev. E.C. Jones serving as the first pastor. On July 6, 1997, the move to our present location was completed with a dedication service followed by a meal.
We are part of the wider Wesleyan denomination. The name "Wesleyan" is in honor of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England who was the inspiration and founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley was an outstanding Oxford scholar, yet regarded himself as "a man of one book," the Bible. It was while studying the Bible that he received assurance of his own salvation through faith. It was the Bible which motivated his vision for offering Christ to the common people of England in a way that led to that nation's greatest spiritual revival. It was biblical truth that inspired Wesley to develop a school for orphans, job programs, and medical assistance for the poor, efforts to reform inhumane prisons, and arguments for the abolition of slavery, a great evil of his time. Confidence in the Bible as "the only and sufficient rule for Christian faith and practice" (to use Wesley's own words) is still a hallmark of The Wesleyan Church today.
The Wesleyan Church is a Protestant, evangelical, holiness denomination with a rich heritage and a fresh vision of transforming lives, churches, and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ. We have seen it as our special mission to emphasize the message of "full salvation from all sin." We teach that a victorious Christian life is possible for all believers through the experience of both forgiveness of sins and the filling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. With World Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana, The Wesleyan Church gathers for worship in over 90 countries around the world. Formed in 1968 resulting from the mergers of several like-minded groups, dating back as far as 1843, with its roots in John Wesley's Methodism. To discover more about our denomation, check out The Wesleyan Church's website.