Community Grace Brethren Church Welcomes You!

We are a community of Believers in Jesus Christ, together seeking to know and love God as we live in the town of Goldendale, WA.  We have a rich history and a Biblical Statement of Beliefs, as well as a vision and mission which God has placed on our hearts.
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 
 

 

November 16th

Pregnancy Resource Center Dinner @CGBC
 

November 17th

Mom’s Playgroup, 9:30am
 

November 19th

1st Century Communion, 4:00pm
 

December 2nd

Men’s Breakfast, 8:00am
Christmas Store at FHF, 9:00am-3:00pm
 

January 7th

Congregational Business Meeting
 
 

Regular Weekly Schedule

See 
Activities Calendar
 for Additional Events
 
Sunday
9:00 AM - Sunday School and Adult Bible Fellowship
10:00 AM - Coffee Fellowship
10:30 AM - Worship Service
 
Monday
9:00 AM - Ladies' Prayer Ministry
6:30 PM - Women's Bible Study
 
Wednesday
6:30 PM - All Church Prayer Time
 
Thursday
7:00 PM - Men's Bible Study @ Church
 

Saturday

6:30 PM - Saturday Night Connection

Get To Know Us!

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Community Grace Brethren Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and Biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.
 

Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Pastor Greg Howell, Senior Pastor

Dr. Greg Howell has been pastor of CGBC in Goldendale since December 1981.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Grace College.  He also has Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Grace Theological Seminary.  Both schools are located in Winona Lake, Indiana and are National Ministries of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

Pastor Greg loves to teach God's Word and watch it transform lives as individuals understand and apply Biblical truths to their everyday lives!  He also enjoys reading, especially biographies and history, coin collecting, and model railroading. He and his wife Colleen are the parents of nine children, most of whom are grown and have families of their own.  Only twins Rachel and Rebekah are still living at home.  The Howells are proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
 

Our Overseers

 

 

Bob Guinn

 

Jan Johansen

 

Statement of Faith

The members of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, in harmony with our historic position, believing the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible to be our infallible rule of faith and practice, and feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, present the following articles as a statement of those basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice:

The Bible

The Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). The One True God Existing eternally as three persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Lord Jesus Christ

His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-13), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14,16), and coming again (Acts 1:11).

The Holy Spirit

His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 3:16).

Man

His direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5).

Salvation

A complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Church

One true Church, the body and the bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16).

The Christian Life

A life of righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4) settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1 Corinthians 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Romans 12:7-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18).

Ordinances

The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matthew 28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saint's feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34), and the communion of the bread and the cup (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Satan

His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and his people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation).

Second Coming

The personal, visible and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), before the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:6).

Future Life

The conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; 2Cor 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).

 

 

 

Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?

 

The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, it witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not a God worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting that is death and the victory that is the grave’s (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

Second, the resurrection of Jesus is a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a basic tenet of the Christian faith. Unlike all other religions, Christianity alone possesses a founder who transcends death and who promises that His followers will do the same. All other religions were founded by men and prophets whose end was the grave. As Christians, we take comfort in the fact that our God became man, died for our sins, and was resurrected the third day. The grave could not hold Him. He lives, and He sits today at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains in detail the importance of the resurrection of Christ. Some in Corinth did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, and in this chapter Paul gives six disastrous consequences if there were no resurrection: 1) preaching Christ would be senseless (v. 14); 2) faith in Christ would be useless (v. 14); 3) all the witnesses and preachers of the resurrection would be liars (v. 15); 4) no one would be redeemed from sin (v. 17); 5) all former believers would have perished (v.18); and 6) Christians would be the most pitiable people on the earth (v. 19). But Christ indeed has risen from the dead and “has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20), assuring that we will follow Him in resurrection.

The inspired Word of God guarantees the believer's resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His Body (the Church) at the Rapture. Such hope and assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

How do these concluding verses relate to the importance of the resurrection? Paul answers, “...you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (v. 58). He reminds us that because we know we will be resurrected to new life, we can suffer persecution and danger for Christ’s sake (vv. 29-31), just as He did. We can follow the example of the thousands of martyrs through history who gladly traded their earthly lives for everlasting life via the resurrection.

The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scripture. And, He is coming again! The dead in Christ will be raised up, and those who remain and are alive at His coming will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected unto eternal life. That is our blessed hope!

Recommended Resource: Jesus: The Greatest Life of All by Charles Swindoll.

REMEMBERING WHERE WE'VE BEEN

The Community Grace Brethren Church of Goldendale began as a dream. As far back as 1963 Pastor George Christie, founding pastor, with other Brethren pastors and people in the Northwest District saw the potential of a Grace Brethren church in this area. In 1975 the dream become a possibility when four Grace Brethren families moved into the area from Sunnyside, Mabton, and Bickleton and put action to their desire by calling George Christie, who was then the pastor of a church in Yakima. He agreed to begin a weekly Bible study with the group. By the summer of 1976 it was decided to officially organize  into a church. The Brethren Home Missions Council, headquartered in Winona Lake, Indiana, together with the Northwest District Missions Board saw the potential of a Home Missions Church and pledged their financial support. On September 12, 1976 the church was officially organized and incorporated with 23 charter members. Soon the group began meeting in the Seventh Day Adventist building on 2nd Street (now the I.O.O.F. Lodge Building). In 1977, God allowed the purchase of 8.69 acres of prime property just across from the newly constructed High School. On April 1980, ground was broken and the first building unit (Fellowship Hall) of a proposed two phased building was begun. The Dedication Service was held on September 20,1981. Pastor Christie left in August of that year and went on to pastor Grace Brethren churches in Prosser and Spokane, Washington. The Goldendale church called Pastor Greg Howell from Warsaw, Indiana, who began December 14, 1981. In 1982, a trailer (CE Annex) was “temporarily” loaned by the Sunnyside GBC to accommodate our burgeoning Sunday School classes. It was later purchased and remained in use as the Sunday School wing for twelve years. On July 1, 1984 CGBC became financially independent of Home and District Missions. True to our purpose statement, “…actively reaching out to all people of all ages to evangelize them…,” CGBC began a club ministry for children in 1983 that evolved into the AWANA Clubs program beginning in 1985. A building program was started in 1986 but was abandoned because of economic problems in the community brought on by the closure of the aluminum plant. In 1989 an Elder-led organization structure was begun which has become more efficient and effective as the Board of Overseers. With the increase in attendance and ministries, we outgrew our building and began renting the Middle School Auditorium in September 1991 for Sunday Morning worship and special evening presentations. The arrangement allowed time to pay off the existing mortgage and accumulate funds for the new building. In the spring of 1994 ground was broken once again for a building which would provide a Sanctuary for worship, offices, youth room, nursery and expanded/remodeled restrooms. Because of all of the volunteer labor, the 10,000 square foot addition cost less than $25/sq. ft. to build and furnish. Thanksgiving Sunday 1994 was our first public service and official dedication was April 2, 1995. Recognizing the need to reach more of our community and to develop leadership, we employed several temporary pastoral staff: Pastor Tony Hall, first youth intern pastor, 1995 to 1996; Pastor Darrell Smith, first Associate pastor, 1997-98; Adam Copenhaver, first summer intern, the summer of 2000. Other interns included Dave Petko, 2002; Aaron Danforth, 2003; Austin Howell, 2003; Judah Harris, 2005; Matt McCoy, 2005 and first Family Pastor, Pastor Matt McCoy 2006-07. In 2006-07 we began to house Goldendale Christian School, and in Septmeber of  2009 we started school in the building build for the GCS. The Lord blessed the school with increased attendance requiring remodeling of the building to make another classroom to begin school in 2011. The possibility of a Branch Church in Dallesport was considered in 2007.  God closed that door after a couple of years, but good contacts were made who continue keeping in touch with our church. Praise the Lord for His blessings and desire to use us in this community, and beyond for His glory.

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Knowing Jesus... Making Him Known

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is a family of churches and ministries committed to His truth, His church and His mission.  
  • Starting Points

The Brethren commitment to following biblical truth began in 1708 near Schwarzenau, Germany, when a small group of Christians committed themselves to following Jesus and the Word of God, no matter what the cost. Read More >>  
  • Ministries and development

Today, the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is part of a multi-national network of churches.  
  • The Destination

The Commitment to Common Ministry, developed by the Charis network of Grace Brethren church leaders worldwide, affirms that the church is God’s plan for this age and that members and resources should be used to plant new churches. It also seeks to develop leaders in local congregations and culturally sensitive strategies to train those leaders. It also calls upon the local church to bless believers, strengthen churches, and reach the lost by showing works that reflect true faith.  
  • Ministries

 CE National

exists to impact the church by serving as a catalyst for biblically accurate and culturally relevant ministries to children, youth, and adults.  

Grace Brethren International Missions

exists to spread the knowledge and glory of God by mobilizing men and women to evangelize and disciple the nations through church multiplication movements.  

Operation Barnabas

teams are developed to give growing Christian senior high youth such a thirst for ministry, that upon their return, they will have a greater desire to serve Christ in their lives.  

Women of Grace USA

seeks to encourage women to grow in their relationship with Christ and challenge them to be actively engaged in God’s mission. Founded in 1939, Women of Grace USA is a nonprofit organization that offers resources for women and women’s ministries, including an annual magazine, conferences, and mission opportunities. WGUSA also sponsors SMM and Girls of Faith, ministries to elementary and teen girls. Women of Grace USA is a national ministry of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.  

The vision of grace in ACTION usa

is to see fully integrated (holistic) churches engaged in the process of both local and national community transformation.      

Grace College and Seminary

is committed to the classical and defining doctrines of historic Christianity and affirms the inerrancy of Scripture and the moral, spiritual, and historical authority of the Bible.