Grace Baptist Church is a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Bible-living, Independent Baptist Church where Jesus is preeminent, people are loved, and the gospel of grace is center-stage!
Our Vision is to Grow Christians and Establish Churches.
By magnifying Jesus Christ, we desire to help people discover a personal relationship with Jesus, to grow deep in that relationship, and then to impact the spread of the gospel through strategic church partnerships and church planting in our region and around the world.
At Grace, our purpose is to love God, grow together and serve others. As a church family we are focused on gospel-centered ministry communicated in love and with grace.
The New Testament also gives a pattern for changed lives and discipleship. It's quite simple. Click here to read about how we break down our
We believe the Bible and teach it to be absolutely true and perfect.
Every belief, teaching, and practice of Grace flows from
Grace is united behind a biblical purpose! Jesus said to his followers: "...All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus' directive is our highest priority; every facet of church activity, in some way, relates to our biblical purpose.
Just as the New Testament church in the book of Acts was focused on making disciples, so are we! Acts 5:42 records of the Jerusalem church: "...daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." This young church was constantly engaged in communicating the gospel and helping people become devoted followers of Jesus.
At Grace, our purpose is to...
This begins in the heart, with a personal relationship with Jesus. This love grows as we gather together in worship and to hear the teaching and preaching of the Bible.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30)
We grow together through the Word and through community. Community is the fellowship we enjoy as Christians. The Word is the truth of the Bible as it's taught in services, Sunday school classes and one-on-one.
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen."
(2 Peter 3:18)
Jesus adds people to his church, and gifts them to serve by His grace. We desire to help every member of our family discover and use their gifts to serve others through outreach, missions, community projects, and care.
"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another." (Galations 5:13)
Love God, grow together, serve others - that's our biblical purpose. As a church family we are focused on gospel-centered ministry communicated in love and with grace.
The New Testament also gives a pattern for changed lives and discipleship. It's quite simple.
This is how we break down our "next steps."
STEP ONE - Believing in Jesus
Salvation from sin is a moment of faith. God says, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31) This belief is more than a head belief. It’s a heart trust. It means to fully trust Jesus Christ as the only Saviour—the only way to God, the only hope of rescue from separation from God. This is what Jesus called being “born again” in John chapter three.
The first step of our process in developing devoted followers of Jesus is to help them place their faith—their belief in Jesus alone as Saviour. This is biblical salvation. To read more about this decision, please click here.
STEP TWO - Following in Baptism
The second step in our process is baptism. Baptism doesn’t make someone a Christian. It doesn’t wash away sin. It simply publicly professes and identifies me with Jesus Christ, as a believer. Jesus was our example in baptism, and he commanded us to be baptized—to publicly show forth our heart decision and faith. Baptism pictures His death, burial, and resurrection. It also pictures my new life in Jesus Christ.
In the first century, baptism was a death-warrant—for new believers were persecuted and often put to death. Baptism is one of the first, easiest, and best ways to witness to others of your faith in Jesus Christ, and to publicly declare you are not ashamed of Him.
STEP THREE - Connecting with Believers
In Acts 2, those who believed were baptized, and then they were added to the church. Once someone has believed in Jesus, the third step in the process is to connect with the family of believers at Grace. Through these relationships, a new Christian can grow and mature in the faith and teachings of Jesus Christ. It is our goal for every new believer to be baptized, and then to be connected with friends and others in the church body who can help you mature and grow in grace.
The primary way we connect and disciple believers is through our adult Sunday school classes which presently meet on Sunday mornings at 10:45. There’s a group for you, and new friendships waiting to be discovered!
The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. Simply put, we believe the bible and teach it to be absolutely true and perfect. Every belief, teaching, and practice of Grace flows from God's word.
We believe the Bible to be the perfect Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the Word of God for English-speaking people (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that He was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, teach, comfort, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
SIN AND SALVATION
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind (repentance) concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
THE LAST DAYS
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year Tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).
*For additional questions or a more detailed doctrinal statement, please contact one of our pastoral staff.
Pastor John was called to be the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in August 2013 after previously serving as an assistant pastor at Grace Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina for 10 years. Pastor Scahill is a graduate of Ambassador Baptist College where he received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies in 2003.
He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1987 and has 5 children: John, Amber, Noah, Nathanael, and Autumn. The Scahill’s reside in Waynesboro, PA.
Pastor Scahill’s life verse is 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Outreach and Children’s Pastor
Pastor Scott joined the Grace Baptist ministry in the Fall of 2018. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 2012 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Studies. Following graduation, he faithfully served in several areas of ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg, PA and as Pastor of Student Ministries at Bible Baptist Church in Shiremanstown, PA.
He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, and enjoys the outdoors. He has been married to his wife, Staci, since 2012 and has three children: Delani and Carson, and Chase. They reside in Waynesboro, PA.
Pastor Scott has a vision for making church an exciting and challenging community where children want to belong, grow and serve. His passion for creating connections with those in the community with a need for Christ draws from Romans 10:14, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
His life verse is Isaiah 40:29-31, “He giveth power to the faint; And to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint.”
Administrative Assistant & Music Coordinator
Amber joined Grace Baptist Church's staff in January of 2016 to serve in the church offices as the Administrative Assistant. Amber is the church pianist and is highly involved in the music and youth ministries here at Grace Baptist Church.
She moved to Waynesboro, PA, with her family in 2013, shortly after graduating with her bachelor's degree from West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California and just completed her Master's in Mental Health Counseling.
Amber’s favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Tricia Thomas joined Grace Baptist Church's staff in March of 2022 to serve in the church offices as the Financial Secretary. Tricia has an Associate Degree in Accounting/Computer Science. After many years of service, she has recently "retired" from the Chambersburg Hospital. Tricia has been married to David for the past 38 years; she has three wonderful children and is blessed to be a "Nanny" to Luke, Molly, Colby, and Savannah.
Tricia's favorite verses are Lamentations 3:22-23, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
Grace Baptist Church
PO Box 444
623 North Grant Street Extended
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Worship Service 9:30 am
Sunday School 10:45 am
Worship Service 6:00 pm
ARISE Youth Group 6:45 pm
GraceKids Club 6:45 pm
Adult Prayer and Bible Study 7:00 pm