On December 14, 1976, the Fellowship known as Grace Baptist Fellowship, under the leadership of Pastor John Williams voted to become a local New Testament Church. The charter list of members was closed with 29 people, 15 adults, 5 teenagers, and 9 children. The purpose of said church was that of glorifying God by conducting a Sovereign, Bible-Believing, Christ Honoring Baptist Church in accordance with the Word of God. The church met in the facility located at 4400 Wyoming Street, Kansas City, Missouri, until the fall of 1980 when God wonderfully provided other facilities at 1112 East 77th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
Under the leadership and direction of Pastor Williams, the church grew rapidly and made strives in becoming a self-supporting church. In October of 1983, Pastor Williams resigned to take on an extensive ministry with Baptist Mission of North America.
In December of 1983, the Reverend Roy Collymore became pastor and remained in that position until July 21, 1985, when he resigned to take on work in Laurelton, New York. Pastor Collymore’s ability to present the truth’s of God’s word enabled the church to grow deep roots in their knowledge of God and His Word.
From September 1985 until September 1986, Grace Baptist Church was under the capable hands and leadership of two Interim Pastors. The Reverend Tim Wilbur (September 1985 to December 1985), and the Reverend LeRoy Randolph (April 1986 to September 1986). During this time, the Lord added more than a dozen to the church, the visitation program was reorganized, and there was the establishment of the Family Night Program.
On July 30, 1986, Grace Baptist Church voted to call the Reverend Aaron Lavender to be pastor. He officially became the pastor on September 14, 1986. Under his leadership, the Lord has blessed Grace Baptist Church with an increase in both morning and evening attendance, the salvation of the lost, the Junior Church program, and the continued establishment of a Family Oriented ministry through expository preaching and rich fellowship among the membership.
In the summer of 1991, the Lord made provision of the present facility at 7203 Paseo Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri. Since moving to this location, Grace Baptist Church has developed a radio ministry, a van ministry, and an AWANA and Youth Ministry. The Lord’s provision of a quadrupled membership, a growing budget, a growing pastoral staff, and both quality and quantity growth in most of the ministry areas, are a testimony of the continued blessings of God.