The New Grace Center Church in the Old Mercy Wellness Building

An aerial view of the property belonging to Grace Center Church showing the planned expansion behind the former Mercy Wellness Center.
An aerial view of the property belonging to Grace Center Church showing the planned expansion behind the former Mercy Wellness Center.

First Baptist Church of Paschall (71st and Woodland) and Word Tabernacle Baptist Church (52nd and Chester) have joined together to form The Grace Center Church which is located in the old Mercy Wellness Building at 2821 Island Avenue.  

The First Baptist Church of Paschall was established in 1935 and Word Tabernacle Baptist Church was established in 2000.  

Eric Simmons, pastor of First Baptist Church of Paschall brought the two churches together to form

 a contemporary Christian church built on community and family. Simmons will remain the pastor. 

The Grace Center Church began meeting at the old Wellness Center on March 1st and will continue to meet there until a new 35,000 sq. ft. church is constructed behind the building.  The church’s vision is to provide a complete non-profit multiplex of resources all available at one location. The current facility houses four medical offices, a day care center, a behavioral health program, youth mentoring program for children and an office for Representative Maria Donatucci. The church plans to add additional nonprofit entities as well. 

The church’s goal is to have a new church and gym completed by 2022. 

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