Grace Baptist Church dedicated its new facility in Warsaw on Saturday. The church began meeting in people’s homes in 2010 and has grown to more than 50 people.
Grace Baptist Church dedicated its new facility in Warsaw on Saturday. The church began meeting in people’s homes in 2010 and has grown to more than 50 people.
Grace Baptist Church is meeting in a new location, but it’s a familiar spot to many Kosciusko County residents.

The church recently purchased the former Think Young Salon and Spa and converted it to a worship space. The dedication for the new facility was Saturday.

“We’re thankful that God has planted us here, and we’re hoping to have a good presence in our community,” said Pastor Aaron Hoak.

The church’s roots in Warsaw began in 2010 as a church planted by Grace Fellowship Church, Bremen.

That February, the new Grace Baptist Fellowship began meeting in homes of those interested in starting a church. Three months later, they began a public worship service Sunday evenings at The Meeting Place on Anchorage Road, while worshipping at Grace Fellowship in Bremen in the mornings.

“A lot of (our members) were families that lived in Warsaw but were driving to our church in Bremen,” Hoak said.

In September 2010 the church added a Sunday morning worship service at The Meeting Place.

In September 2013 the church became independent and changed its name to Grace Baptist Church. This year, they were able to purchase a building of their own.

The core group has grown to 50-plus, Hoak said. “There are people who are really hungry for God’s Word, and those are the sort of folks that have come,” he said. “We try to be very God-centered, not man-centered.”

The church “did a ton of work” to get its new meeting space ready, Hoak said.

They tore down a half wall and put in a fellowship hall under the mezzanine on the right side. Rooms along the rim of the main space became space for classrooms and a nursery.

The church meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays for worship. At 5 p.m. most Sundays members gather for Bible study and children’s classes.

The third Sunday every month a meal follows the morning service. The evening events do not meet on that Sunday.

Saturday’s dedication was special, Hoak said, drawing about 80 people from five churches, including the parent church in Bremen. Even the former occupants came “to see the building used in a different way,”  he said.

“It went really well. We are so thankful,” he said.