When you walk through the front door you are like family. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, we’re just glad that you came to hang out with us and worship alongside us. We have people in our family from every walk of life and every walk of faith and church background. But we are all united together by the truth and love of Jesus.
We are very passionate about teaching and defending the truth of the Bible. We want to grow together in our understanding of who God has revealed Himself to be, what His plan for redemption is, and who He calls us to be by studying His Word together. Everything we do is rooted in the words God has given us in the Bible.
At Grace Church, we worship with a bit of a modern flavor. We typically have a full band during our Sunday morning services that plays songs by artists like Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Phil Wickham, and Kristian Stanfill. We also use multi-projection in creative ways to display the beauty of God’s creation and the artistry that He has gifted many people with.
Planning a Visit
Service @ 10:30am
Bible Studies @ 9:30am
305 Cabalka Court in Denison.
We’re right up the hill from the hospital, Hillside, and Boulders.
What To Wear
Anything from shorts/jeans and a shirt to a dress or 3-piece suit. We don’t care!
First Thing Through The Doors
You will be greeted by the greeting team and/or the ushers on your way in. They can answer any questions you may have. Feel free to grab some coffee, mingle about, and make your way to the sanctuary.
Our services normally start with two songs, a welcome time, and a short message for younger children up in front if they want to come and hear from Pastor Brian. After that, we open our nursery for 0-2 year olds and a fun children’s church with a lesson for 3-4 year olds in the first two classrooms down the hall from the lobby.
Before You Leave
After the service, we invite you to stop by our welcome table, meet a friendly face, ask questions, and get a little gift bag that we’ve put together for you.
Meet The Staff
Brian Rihner has been the Senior Pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church since June 2009. His main duties include teaching adult bible studies and giving the weekly worship message. Brian grew up in Avoca, IA and earned his BA in Math/Computer Science at Simpson College. He worked as a actuary in Des Moines for 12 years before going to seminary in Austin, Texas to get his M.Div. Brian has been married to Lynne for 29 years. They have three grown children – Marcus, a project analyst at PCS in Denison and his wife Alyssa from Denison, Kevin a computer network specialist at PCS in Denison, and Alyssa, a Vet Tech at Lincoln Highway Animal Hospital in Denison and her husband Joe from Spencer. Brian enjoys football, baseball, basketball, and golf, listening to music, and can often be found reading numerous books on his Kindle.
Zach Brenner has been the Associate Pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church since February 2013. He is mainly in charge of the Worship Team. He grew up in Ames, IA where he went to Ames Evangelical Free Church. Zach graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music and a Minor in Religion. He married his wife, Jenna, in July 2009, and had their first daughter, Brielle, in July of 2014. He has been involved with music ministry since he was a freshman in high school, and was mentored by two different Worship Pastors. Zach enjoys all sorts of sports, writing and recording his own music, and playing the occasional video game with his friends. You can check out his blog and music at www.zachbrenner.wordpress.com/ and friend him on facebook here.
Jenna Brenner has been the Ministry Assistant at Grace Evangelical Free Church since September of 2013. She works part time in the office answering emails, working on the weekly bulletins, taking phone calls, and coordinating volunteers. Jenna grew up in Ames, IA where she went to Stonebrook Community Church. She married her husband, Zach, in July of 2009. They welcomed their daughter, Brielle in July of 2014. Jenna enjoys reading, time with family and friends, organizing things, shopping, baking and taking care of their daughter Brielle.