Grace Fellowship Church was founded in 1987 through the ministry of Pastors Jim and Sharon Wood. After several years of serving in various Christian ministries including the Billy Graham Crusade, Yokefellows and beginning a home bible study that outgrew the space – Jim and Sharon Wood sold their home in rural western Connecticut and followed the call of God upon their heart to a small apartment in the city of New Haven. God honored their commitment to His Word, their relentless outreach, street preaching, much prayer and personal evangelism. They began to see fruit from their labor and opened a small church in a community building. As people continued to come and experience God’s mercy and grace, Pastor Wood and his wife realized that many of the people they were reaching happened to be from the city of Meriden. After much prayer and consideration, the Woods decided to move to Meriden to open a church they would call Grace Fellowship Church.
From the very beginning, Grace Fellowship Church was built upon two pillars of the New Testament: The Great Commission and The Great Commandment. Pastor Jim has committed himself to the saving of souls through evangelism and the teaching of people to love God personally and have a real, honest relationship with Him. It is only through this relationship of the heart, and not church attendance alone, that God can work His destiny in and through a person’s life. The result will be a Christian able to reach others, teaching them how to walk in relationship with the Lord.