Our Beginnings...

Grace Baptist Church has a long history of faithful men who were devoted to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.  


It began as the First Slovak Baptist Church in December, 1924 with Rev. J.J. Pavelda as their first pastor. He was followed by Rev. George Abdallah, who served for 22 years. It was during Rev. Abdallah's ministry that the church's name was changed to Grace Baptist Church.

Our Pastor Emeritus

On April 14th, 1985, the Lord allowed Grace Baptist Church to unite with Shadyside Baptist Church to serve as one.  Pastor Phil Hulgin and his wife, Vera, began to watch God bless and multiply His work.  Forty five years of faithful ministry as pastor, (now Pastor Emeritus),  has brought us to the foundation that we have to build upon today.


During these years the ministry of Grace Baptist Church has impacted many lives with the gospel.  Our devotion to God's Word, the support of over 90 missionaries, and the loving fellowship with one another is evidence of God's hand of blessing.


In October of 2010, a new chapter of our history is being written.  Pastor Robert Stephens, having served our church over 40 years, is our Senior Pastor.  He and his wife, Elaine, will continue on to faithfully lead God's called to fulfilling the Great Commission until Jesus Christ returns.