Grace Point Community Church (GPCC) was birthed as a church plant of a Korean-American church, New Life Baptist Church of Atlanta (NLBC). The vision and mission for GPCC was founded during the summer of 2007.
David Hong was called to serve as the English-speaking-ministry pastor of NLBC in 2001. Over the course of his pastorate, David examined the issues of health, growth, and the constant struggles of the local churches, English-speaking ministries, and more specifically, its people. After much observation, prayer, and study, David was compelled to return to the New Testament to discern and re-establish the “who”, the “what”, and the “why” of the church. That consequently led to the formation and clarification of the vision, mission, and strategy for Grace Point Ministries (GPM) and Grace Point Community Church: a focus on kingdom growth and disciple-making.
- In August 2007, NLBC relocates to the Sugarloaf community in Suwanee, Georgia. Grace Point Ministries (GPM) is formed and Grace Point Community Church (GPCC) is unofficially launched with 11 founding members and a few attenders at the NLBC campus.
- GPCC adapts and incorporates the 9 Marks movement.
- Ministry philosophy focuses on evangelism and disciple-making.
- GPM establishes guidelines to correct church migration (church-hopping) and encourages growth by evangelism.
- Church hoppers are encouraged to a proper understanding of church and encouraged toward reconciliation.
- In 2012, GPCC senses a need to become something other than a second-generation Korean-American ministry, with a different set of priorities and pursuits.
- On October 14, 2012, NLBC decides to sponsor the planting of GPCC.
- On November 15, GPCC is officially incorporated with the State of Georgia.
- On December 4, the executive committee of the Gwinnett Metro Baptist Association unanimously accepts Grace Point Community Church as a church plant of New Life Baptist Church. GPCC continues to meet on the same campus.
- GPCC starts the process of adopting local ministries and looks to adopting an unengaged, unreached people group (UUPG) in South Asi
- In November 2013, David and his wife, Sonya, take their first vision trip to India. GPCC commits to sponsoring a district in Southern India.
- In March 2014, GPCC sends member Doo Young Paek to serve two years in Northern India to clarify his call to missions.
- In March 2015, GPCC takes its second vision trip to India and conducts training in the sponsored region, and adopts another region in Southern India.
- In November 2015, GPCC takes its third vision trip to India and conducts training in the newly adopted region.
- In 2015, due to the changing need and dynamic of both ministries, it is decided that, for the edification of both ministries, GPCC should move out of the NLBC property.
- The transition is 2-fold:
- to cultivate identity, responsibility, and urgency for both ministries.
- to edify, encourage, and promote growth for both ministries by enlarging the vision for kingdom growth.
- The transition is 2-fold:
- In January 2016, GPCC adopts the house church movement. Each house church begins the process of local ministry adoption and overseas UUPG adoption.
- On July 17, 2016, GPCC has its final worship service at the NLBC campus.
- On July 24, 2016, GPCC begins meeting at Discovery Village, a senior living community.
- In September 2016, a search committee is formed to find a more permanent location for GPCC. In December 2016, Derrick Poston of Great Adventure Missions comes on board to serve as interim for GPCC as David steps down from his pastoral role. In
- addition, a search committee is formed to find a senior pastor for GPCC.
- In January 2017, the Hong family is commissioned as the first missionary family appointees of GPCC.
- In September 2018, Peter Kendrick of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary comes on board to serve as interim for GPCC.