Meet Our Leaders
Real people serving a relevant God.
Grace Summit Church is located in northeast Fort Wayne, Indiana. Larry Goodwin has had the experience of helping create churches throughout northeast Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee. He was given a vision to create a church based on real people serving a relevant God, all about seeing life change. It has been on his heart for years to create a culturally relevant church in Fort Wayne. In September 2010 Larry assembled a team around him. For approximately six months, they worked out the culture of Grace Summit Church.
After securing a location at Oak View Elementary School and discussing the logistics of being a portable church, the team had a pretty good idea of the direction in which God was leading them. In March 2011 they encouraged as many people as possible to come and hear the vision of this new church plant. On Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 10 AM, the very first service of Grace Summit Church was held. After two and a half years at Oak View Elementary, growth of the church was evident, and leadership felt it was time to look for a bigger venue. It was a bittersweet time to say goodbye to Oak View; however, God opened the doors for GSC to continue their ministry at Manchester University, Fort Wayne Campus. On November 17, 2013, Grace Summit launched at Manchester University.
In late 2018, Larry and the leadership team decided it was time to transition from being a portable church into a permanent church venue. God quickly, and miraculously, provided a new building located at 5903 E Dupont Road in Fort Wayne. After two months of renovations, many of which were completed by our own church body, we christened the new building with a launch service on April 7, 2019.
Pastor Benjamin Lehew, along with his wife, Pastor Jessica, and their four children joined Grace Summit Church in 2020, and have now assumed the role of Lead Pastor, with Pastor Larry taking the position of Care Pastor.
We continue with a 10:00 AM service every Sunday, and we are excited to see where God is leading us in the beautiful city of Fort Wayne, IN. We are thrilled about the foundation that we have as a church. We are real people serving a relevant God, and we are all about seeing lives change!
The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible, as supplied to us through both the Old Testament and New Testament.
The One True God eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His crucifixion on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future return to earth in power and glory.
Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” But man, by voluntary transgression, fell; and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
The Salvation of Man
The only path to Salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ and declaring him as Lord and Savior.
Baptism in water
A burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures for all who have truly repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they have the body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of cleansing, while their heart has already been sprinkled with the Blood of Christ as an inner cleansing.
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost, including speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
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