About the Grantham bic Church

For more than 100 years, Grantham Church has been providing a welcoming place to worship Christ. Our unique location is just steps away from the Messiah College campus and gives us a unique opportunity to reach people in Grantham and the nearby Mechanicsburg community, as well as those who are studying at Messiah and their families.

We’re proud of this special aspect of our church. We claim many current and retired professors of the college, as well as a number of alumni, as members of our congregation. They value the balance we strike in appealing to people at different parts of their lives.

A Brief History of the Brethren in Christ

The BIC roots date more than 100 years before Grantham Church was erected.

Most historians believe the BIC began between the years of 1775 to 1788. It grew out of an Anabaptist-Mennonite background in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Members of this group moved close to the river, and others began referring to them as “the brethren” or “river brethren" to distinguish them from Mennonites. This new denomination longed for a fresh expression of Anabaptism.

During the early years of the BIC, people met in others’ houses instead of establishing a place of their own to worship. The BIC eventually developed a strong focus on missions and church-planting and began to spread its influence —existing today in over 20 countries worldwide.

While the spiritual identity of the Grantham Church is unique to our local context, we’re guided by and committed to beliefs and principles from three major historical threads of the BIC:

  • Anabaptism (two-kingdoms theology, non-violence, peacemaking, etc.)
  • Pietism (genuine heart-change and personal conversion that is evident) 
  • Wesleyanism (sanctification, holy living, and ordination of women in ministry)

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