Our Story


In May of 1986, Pastor Jenkins moved to Gaylord, Michigan, a rural Northern Michigan community of about 3,000 people, to start a new church.  On the second Sunday in May of 1986, originating with five families, the Grace Baptist Church was born.  For the past twenty-five years, our church has experienced miraculous growth. Through these years, thousands of people have walked an aisle and publicly professed faith in Christ in one of our worship services.


Pastor Jenkins has led the church through five major building programs. Presently, our church facilities exceed 58,200 square feet of space in 18 buildings on 37 acres of property.  We reach out to our community with sixteen bus routes, designed to provide safe and regular transportation to hundreds of children and adults who wish to attend our worship services. In 1992, we began Grace Baptist Christian School, desiring to provide a Bible-based and Christ-centered education for the generations to follow and we remain committed to striving for excellence in education today.


In the year 2000, our church established a 24-hour fundamental Christian radio station (88.1 FM) as Northern Michigan's conservative family Christian radio.  Then in 2003, through the leadership of Pastor Jenkins, Grace Baptist College was founded for the sole purpose of training young people to effectively spread the Gospel to the world through the avenue of full-time ministry. We have helped in the starting of five area churches. We give well over $100,000 annually in the support of world missions and passionately reach out with the love of Christ to all of Northern Michigan.


Truly the Lord has worked a miracle of His grace through the vibrant life and ministry of Grace Baptist Church. Still, our greatest concern is for the needs of individuals just like you! We would love the opportunity to get to know you and to have you as a part of our church family.