There are a lot of different churches out there and there are many new churches being planted. We praise God for this!

However, that also makes it very important that we help you to understand the kind of church Grace Hill will be and the people that are supporting us and influencing the way we do ministry. We want to be clear when it comes to who we are, the people we are affiliated with, and what movements are influencing Grace Hill.

Let’s start at the 10,000 foot level and work our way down.

Grace Hill Church is Protestant, Evangelical, and Christ-Centered.  

Since these terms can carry some significant baggage, let me provide some clarifying definitions. When we say Grace Hill Church is protestant, we are saying we’re within the stream of Christianity that believes people are reconciled to God both now and in the future in Christ alone through faith alone. When we say we are evangelical we are not making a political statement, but rather aligning ourselves with certain historically evangelical positions, such as a theologically conservative view on Scripture and zealousness about reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. Lastly, we are Christ-Centered. This simply means our theology, ministry philosophy, biblical interpretation, preaching, counseling, and outreach efforts are all centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Doctrinally, we are in agreement with the Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Grace Hill Church is Baptist.

Grace Hill Church will be affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. As Baptists, we believe that the body of believers who comprise a local church—rather than a denominational authority should carry the authority over the particular congregation. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. We also agree with and will practice believer’s baptism. Being affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention means we must come to terms with the denomination’s historical sins, especially in regards to the unacceptable positions on slavery and racism. We are comfortable with our affiliation with the SBC because we believe the denomination has properly confessed and repented of this lamentable history, fully acknowledged that slavery and racism are utterly opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and has taken active steps towards holistic repentance and reconciliation with those who have been harmed by this legacy of racism.

Grace Hill Church is a part of the Summit Network.

The Summit Network is the church planting ministry of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The Summit Network exists to equip leaders to plant and multiply gospel-centered churches. I (Allan) personally am working through a nine-month residency with the Summit Network where I am receiving world-class training. We specifically chose to be trained through the Summit Network because we want to be influenced by the Summit Church and the types of churches they plant throughout the country. For more information about the Summit Network, check out this video:

Grace Hill Church is being sent by Restoration City Church.

Last, but certainly not least, our sending church is Restoration City Church in Crystal City, VA. Restoration City Church, also affiliated with the Summit Network, was planted by the Summit Church in 2014.