Our mission

Empowered by the Spirit to Encounter God, Experience Family, and Extend Christ’s Kingdom.

The mission of Grace Church of Fredericksburg is to experience the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit; to know the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; to engage in healthy relationships; and, to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ.


In 1987, Dick Blackwell, pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, sent the Custalow and Bradshaw families to Fredericksburg to plant a new church.

Starting with a small Bible study, Sunday services began in the barn at Hazelwild farm in March of that year with thirty adults and children. By 1990, we had grown to one hundred people and moved to Belman’s Grocery store in South Stafford. God continued to expand the ministry and outreach of Grace Church as we moved to our current location in 2002.

As we have grown, we have endeavored to value the ministry of the Holy Spirit empowering us to love God, serve others, and reach the world. We praise God for his faithfulness through the years and we look with faith and excitement towards the future.

Our values


We value servant leadership as modeled and taught by Jesus (John 13:1-170; Christ-like character, and integrity in those called to lead (1 Tm 3:1-13); and, the development and empowerment of rising leaders (2 Tm 2:2)


We value training, discipleship that focuses on maturity in Christ, personal growth and character development; and, mentoring that produces gift-based servant leaders—for the church and the marketplace (Eph 4:7-16; Heb 5:14; 1 Cor 14:20)

Spiritual Family

We value being a Spirit-formed family where transparency, support, and accountability foster unity, strength and wholeness (Mt 12:48; 1 Tm 5:1-16; Eph 3:15).

Sharing the gospel

We value the Great Commission; personal evangelism; local and foreign missions; church planting; and relief for the poor and disadvantaged both regionally and globally (Mt 18:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 8:1-7; Phil 4:10-20; Gal 2:10; Prv 19:17)


We value worship as expressed in singing, prayer, acts of service, consecrated living, obedience, passion for God, and love (Eph 5:19; Mt 6:5-15; Luke 22:27; Rom 12:1, 2; John 14:21; Luke 10:27; John 13:34, 35).


We honor God; one another; mothers and fathers; the elderly; marriage; spiritual leaders; governing authorities; and everyone who “does good” (1 Tm 1:17; Rom 12:10; Eph 6:2; Lev 19:32; Heb 13:4; Heb 13:17; Rom 13:1-7; Rom 2:7). We honor each individuals and their respective gifting (Rom 12:6; Eph 4:7). We also honor those who are less presentable (1 Cor 12:22-25).


Meet our pastors

Ernest Custalow

Lead Pastor

Pat Bopp

Executive Pastor

Jeremy Pendergraft

Family Life Pastor

Israel Olayinka-Israel

Worship Pastor

Mary Custalow

Women's Pastor

Dale Hewitt

Local Outreach Pastor

Jessica Berry

Children's Pastor

Dallas Berry

Next Gen. Pastor

Jim Matthias

Legacy Builders Pastors

Meet the staff

Werner Fourie

Church Administration Director

Mary Mannhardt


Michelle Zello

Women’s Ministry Director

Penny Bopp

Administrative Assistant

James Hamburger

IT/AV Director

Tola Olayinka-Israel

Social Media Director

Tracy Hamburger

Co/op Director

Bettie Brezee

Administrative Assistant

Deborah Hertle

iServe Director

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Our beliefs

Read our Statement of Faith

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