Lay Leadership and Ministry Teams

The Grace Leadership Board is a 10-member board of Grace UMC church members (plus the senior pastor ex-officio) who lead the ministry of Grace UMC in two primary ways. First, the Board directs the vision, plan, implementation, and evaluation of Grace United Methodist Church’s mission and ministry.

Second, it provides for the administration of the church including monitoring and managing finances, facilities, and staff, especially to be in compliance with the requirements of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Grace’s Ministry Teams include:

  • Worship (Planning, Hospitality, Music, A/V)
  • Faith Formation (Senior Council, Youth Council, Children’s Ministry Council)
  • Community Engagement (Mission, Boy Scout Troop 670, Grace Children’s Learning Center)
  • Congregational Care (Bereavement, Prayers & Squares)
  • Administrative (Facilities, Financial Monitoring, Memorials, History & Records)

History

Grace United Methodist Church is a congregation that has been actively changing lives in the Manassas area since 1867. The congregation began meeting in a private home, Hixson Hall, as a part of the Methodist revivals that swept the United States in the late 19th century.

The congregation outgrew that space and began worshiping in a dedicated building on Zebedee Street in Old Town Manassas, in a building that still stands (minus its former steeple) at the corner of Zebedee and Center Streets.

In 1929, the growing congregation relocated again to Main Street, in the heart of Manassas. Grace flourished in that spot and became a distinctive part of the growing Manassas community, with beautiful stained glass, a large bell in the tower, and an active ministry of music and mission.


The congregation outgrew that building as well and sought a new location that would have room for future growth—a larger sanctuary, more classroom and gathering space and sufficient parking. The Johnson families offered the church an eight acre parcel of land from their family’s historic Clover Hill Farm in what was at that time the new development of Wellington. The land included the Farm’s historic cemetery—with graves dating from the time of the American Revolution—and a cabin from the early 1800’s that had at one point housed slaves. The church accepted the generous gift and built the current facility, relocating in 1994 to the present site.

The tower at Grace

The distinctive church building is marked by a high tower, illuminated at night, that reminds us of our calling to ‘bear witness to the light of Christ in the world’. The present building incorporates elements from the congregation’s rich history, including the Good Shepherd window and large bell that were moved from the Main Street location, and natural fieldstone from the Clover Hill Farm.

The land where the church is located has been designated a historic site by the City of Manassas, and interpretive signs have been installed to instruct future generations about the history of the congregation.

The newer building on the lower level has a large kitchen, a spacious fellowship hall with a stage on one end, meeting rooms, and more!

About the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a connectional church, with each congregation linked to all other UMCs through shared organization and mission, a shared hymnal and sacramental understanding, and shared supervision under consecrated bishops’ leadership. Grace UMC is a part of The Northern Virginia District of the Virginia Conference.

The denomination began as a renewal movement in the Church of England at Oxford University in the 1700’s and took off as a revival movement in the Americas in the 1800’s. With this heritage, United Methodists enjoy a unique theological position: it is a church of the academy and the camp meeting, with liturgical traditions and evangelistic passion. We believe that a faithful life is lived out with both personal piety and social holiness, and we are therefore committed to faithful Bible study, sacramental worship, meaningful prayer, and world-changing service to others in Christ’s name.

United Methodists believe that God’s grace is active in every person’s life, whether he or she is aware of it or not, and that Jesus invites all people to participate actively in their own faith journey. Our communion table is an open one, where all who partake are incorporated into the transforming work of God in Jesus Christ. We celebrate baptisms for people of all ages, recognizing that God’s grace always exceeds our own understanding, and it is a gift of the Holy Spirit whatever age we are when we receive it. The UMC recognizes the baptisms of all Trinitarian Christians.

Please feel free to contact the church office at 703-361-7800 or office@umcgrace.org for more information about Grace.