ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Our History

Grace Church of Sacramento began as Slavic Bible Church on Sunday, July 06 of 2003 in Carmichael, California.
Six families and 2 single males founded the church by the grace of God because they desired to worship, serve and witness the grace of God strictly according to Bible.
From the outset, the members of Grace Church of Sacramento committed themselves to expository, verse-by-verse preaching and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry through the all-sufficient Word of God (Ephesians 4:11-122 Timothy 3:16-17).  The members also committed themselves to upholding the autonomy of the local church under the authority of God the Father and His Son the LORD Jesus Christ, with local authority vested in a board of elders, duly elected and qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, and served by deacons qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Grace Church of Sacramento also commits itself to obeying the Great Commission, given by the risen LORD Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, to go and make disciples among all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to trust, obey and further proclaim the Gospel.  Acknowledging that God is completely sovereign, all-knowing and all-powerful in all matters of salvation, sanctification, proclamation and judgment (Matthew 11:2728:18John 6:374465Philippians 2:12-132 Timothy 4:1Revelation 20:12-15), the believers of Grace Church of Sacramento give all glory and credit to God for His faithfulness and goodness for all that He has done for the local body.
In addition to the ministries of preaching and teaching, discipling and evangelism, Grace Church of Sacramento commits itself to training ministers for service in the local church, offering training in preaching, theology, the original biblical languages of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, biblical counseling and worship music.
In 2006, Slavic Bible Church became Grace Church of Sacramento, in order to conform more strictly to the LORD’s wishes that His Body not explicitly or implicitly acknowledge any person according to the flesh (1 Corinthians 12:132 Corinthians 5:16Galatians 3:28Colossians 3:11).

Our History

Grace Church of Sacramento began as Slavic Bible Church on Sunday, July 06 of 2003 in Carmichael, California.
Six families and 2 single males founded the church by the grace of God because they desired to worship, serve and witness the grace of God strictly according to Bible.
From the outset, the members of Grace Church of Sacramento committed themselves to expository, verse-by-verse preaching and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry through the all-sufficient Word of God (Ephesians 4:11-122 Timothy 3:16-17).  The members also committed themselves to upholding the autonomy of the local church under the authority of God the Father and His Son the LORD Jesus Christ, with local authority vested in a board of elders, duly elected and qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, and served by deacons qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
Grace Church of Sacramento also commits itself to obeying the Great Commission, given by the risen LORD Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, to go and make disciples among all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to trust, obey and further proclaim the Gospel.  Acknowledging that God is completely sovereign, all-knowing and all-powerful in all matters of salvation, sanctification, proclamation and judgment (Matthew 11:2728:18John 6:374465Philippians 2:12-132 Timothy 4:1Revelation 20:12-15), the believers of Grace Church of Sacramento give all glory and credit to God for His faithfulness and goodness for all that He has done for the local body.
In addition to the ministries of preaching and teaching, discipling and evangelism, Grace Church of Sacramento commits itself to training ministers for service in the local church, offering training in preaching, theology, the original biblical languages of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, biblical counseling and worship music.
In 2006, Slavic Bible Church became Grace Church of Sacramento, in order to conform more strictly to the LORD’s wishes that His Body not explicitly or implicitly acknowledge any person according to the flesh (1 Corinthians 12:132 Corinthians 5:16Galatians 3:28Colossians 3:11).

How We Worship

Worship means to assign worth, thankfully recognize, reverently adore, lovingly serve and humbly and willingly submit to another. Grace Church of Sacramento worships God and Christ and no one else. Grace Church of Sacramento teaches, trains, encourages and assists others, especially their members, in worship. Grace Church of Sacramento worships God and Christ tangibly through:

• Teaching, studying and obeying the Bible.

• Expressing love, praise and awe of God and Christ in music.

• Communicating with God through Christ in prayer.

• Supporting the church and its activities by giving money.

• Celebrating salvation and spiritual unity in God and Christ in baptism and communion.

• Submitting to the spiritual guidance of the church leadership through church membership.

How We Worship

Worship means to assign worth, thankfully recognize, reverently adore, lovingly serve and humbly and willingly submit to another. Grace Church of Sacramento worships God and Christ and no one else. Grace Church of Sacramento teaches, trains, encourages and assists others, especially their members, in worship. Grace Church of Sacramento worships God and Christ tangibly through:
• Teaching, studying and obeying the Bible.
• Expressing love, praise and awe of God and Christ in music.
• Communicating with God through Christ in prayer.
• Supporting the church and its activities by giving money.
• Celebrating salvation and spiritual unity in God and Christ in baptism and communion.
• Submitting to the spiritual guidance of the church leadership through church membership.

Distinctives

Grace Church of Sacramento exists to glorify God. 

Our local body of believers is united spiritually with the LORD Jesus Christ Who is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. Our church exists on earth to accomplish their will.
The Bible is our authority. The Holy Spirit lives inside of each individual member and teaches, guides, protects and empowers each individual by using the Bible to transform individual thoughts, affections, motivations and actions.
Christ has appointed and equipped men to function as elders to oversee all of the church’s activities. Christ has also appointed and equipped men to function as deacons and women to function as deaconesses to guide specific ministries under the oversight of the elders. 
Our church exalts God and Christ in worship through the power of the Holy Spirit and according to the Bible. Our primary means of worship is individual obedience to the Bible in every area of life.  Our church baptizes believers when they first believe and gathers regularly at the LORD’s Supper to rejoice in our spiritual, unseen unity with Jesus Christ. 
Our church strengthens each individual member through instruction, personal encouragement, exhortation and physical assistance.
Our church teaches and exhorts those outside of the church to submit willingly to the authority of God and Christ. Our church lovingly disciplines church members who reject this authority.

Distinctives

Grace Church of Sacramento exists to glorify God. 

Our local body of believers is united spiritually with the LORD Jesus Christ Who is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. Our church exists on earth to accomplish their will.
The Bible is our authority. The Holy Spirit lives inside of each individual member and teaches, guides, protects and empowers each individual by using the Bible to transform individual thoughts, affections, motivations and actions.
Christ has appointed and equipped men to function as elders to oversee all of the church’s activities. Christ has also appointed and equipped men to function as deacons and women to function as deaconesses to guide specific ministries under the oversight of the elders. 
Our church exalts God and Christ in worship through the power of the Holy Spirit and according to the Bible. Our primary means of worship is individual obedience to the Bible in every area of life.  Our church baptizes believers when they first believe and gathers regularly at the LORD’s Supper to rejoice in our spiritual, unseen unity with Jesus Christ.
Our church strengthens each individual member through instruction, personal encouragement, exhortation and physical assistance.
Our church teaches and exhorts those outside of the church to submit willingly to the authority of God and Christ. Our church lovingly disciplines church members who reject this authority.

Our Beliefs

The Purpose of man:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that the entire purpose of Man is to love God (Matthew 22:37), to demonstrate this tangibly by obeying Him in all things (John 14:15), conforming all individual  thoughts and actions so that they are never in violation of His truth (3 John 4), in order to increase in Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:15) with a view to loving our fellow men (Matthew 22:39), especially our fellow believers (Galatians 6:10) and doing all of this willingly with joy (Philippians 4:4).

Human Depravity: 

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that mankind, individually and collectively, has completely failed in this purpose for which God created him and separate from the grace of God in salvation, deserves nothing but eternal punishment in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:9).   Man can be reconciled to God, escape the punishment of hell, be assured of eternity in heaven, can love, obey and begin to serve God, can grow in Christlikeness and begin to serve others only by the grace of God granted to him individually in salvation.

The Gospel: 

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that God saves individuals according to His sovereign choice and by the exercise of His sovereign power.  God has made the choice to save those individuals whom He desires to save from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).  God has predestined these individuals to be the recipients of His eternal grace instead of the recipients of His eternal righteous wrath (Romans 9:22-23).  In fulfillment of God’s electing grace from before the foundation of the world, God presents the good news of salvation to those individuals whom He has elected before their physical death (Romans 8:30).  Although an elect individual may hear the good news of salvation several times before his spiritual rebirth, at the precise moment which God has determined, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, empowers the proclamation of the good news, either through that person reading or hearing, so that the elect person becomes spiritually new and reborn internally (spiritual regeneration), with the result that the person is now a entirely new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  This spiritual transformation manifests itself in that person having a completely new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27), with an entirely new will, motivations, affections and emotions.  This saved and transformed person now hates sin, desires to love, obey and serve God, and is willing to pay any price and sacrifice anything in order to be faithful to his new Lord, the LORD Jesus Christ (John 12:25).

Salvation:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that an individual whom God has elected and transformed by His grace, is now a child of God (Romans 8:16), has the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, indwelling him permanently (John 14:16), giving him understanding (1 Corinthians 2:14), guiding him in all his decisions (Romans 8:14), empowering him to overcome sin (Romans 8:13), molding him into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18), guaranteeing his physical, bodily resurrection after physical death (Romans 8:11) and manifesting in him  the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, good, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) without Whom these qualities are absent from a person.  This person is now a full partaker in Christ’s own intimate relationship with God which He has enjoyed with Him from all eternity (1 John 1:3)

Eternity:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that the persons whom God has chosen and transformed are now members of the Church, a body of individuals who now love, obey and serve God together through the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit by the grace which God supplies in salvation.  God Himself defines the function of each individual in the Body (1 Corinthians 12:18) and the Holy Spirit gives each individual the power, the direction and the capabilities to perform this individual function for the benefit of others in the Body (1 Peter 4:10).  Once a person is saved and transformed, that person can never lose his salvation (John 10:28) and has the guaranteed hope of heaven (1 John 5:13).  Christ is preparing a place for that person right now in heaven (John 14:2) and prays continually in behalf of him before God in heaven (Hebrews 7:25).  God in heaven, Christ, the Eternal High Priest in heaven, and the Holy Spirit within the believer continually guide the saved and transformed believer through the perfect and exclusive truth of the Bible (Psalm 19:7), the exercise of prayer (Romans 8:26), the counsel of individuals in the Church (1 Peter 5:2) and the sovereign, providential action of God (Romans 8:28).

Our Beliefs

The Purpose of man:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that the entire purpose of Man is to love God (Matthew 22:37), to demonstrate this tangibly by obeying Him in all things (John 14:15), conforming all individual  thoughts and actions so that they are never in violation of His truth (3 John 4), in order to increase in Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:15) with a view to loving our fellow men (Matthew 22:39), especially our fellow believers (Galatians 6:10) and doing all of this willingly with joy (Philippians 4:4).

Human Depravity: 

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that mankind, individually and collectively, has completely failed in this purpose for which God created him and separate from the grace of God in salvation, deserves nothing but eternal punishment in hell (2 Thessalonians 1:9).   Man can be reconciled to God, escape the punishment of hell, be assured of eternity in heaven, can love, obey and begin to serve God, can grow in Christlikeness and begin to serve others only by the grace of God granted to him individually in salvation.

The Gospel: 

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that God saves individuals according to His sovereign choice and by the exercise of His sovereign power.  God has made the choice to save those individuals whom He desires to save from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).  God has predestined these individuals to be the recipients of His eternal grace instead of the recipients of His eternal righteous wrath (Romans 9:22-23).  In fulfillment of God’s electing grace from before the foundation of the world, God presents the good news of salvation to those individuals whom He has elected before their physical death (Romans 8:30).  Although an elect individual may hear the good news of salvation several times before his spiritual rebirth, at the precise moment which God has determined, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, empowers the proclamation of the good news, either through that person reading or hearing, so that the elect person becomes spiritually new and reborn internally (spiritual regeneration), with the result that the person is now a entirely new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  This spiritual transformation manifests itself in that person having a completely new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27), with an entirely new will, motivations, affections and emotions.  This saved and transformed person now hates sin, desires to love, obey and serve God, and is willing to pay any price and sacrifice anything in order to be faithful to his new Lord, the LORD Jesus Christ (John 12:25).

Salvation:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that an individual whom God has elected and transformed by His grace, is now a child of God (Romans 8:16), has the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, indwelling him permanently (John 14:16), giving him understanding (1 Corinthians 2:14), guiding him in all his decisions (Romans 8:14), empowering him to overcome sin (Romans 8:13), molding him into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18), guaranteeing his physical, bodily resurrection after physical death (Romans 8:11) and manifesting in him  the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, good, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) without Whom these qualities are absent from a person.  This person is now a full partaker in Christ’s own intimate relationship with God which He has enjoyed with Him from all eternity (1 John 1:3)

Eternity:

Grace Church of Sacramento affirms that the persons whom God has chosen and transformed are now members of the Church, a body of individuals who now love, obey and serve God together through the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit by the grace which God supplies in salvation.  God Himself defines the function of each individual in the Body (1 Corinthians 12:18) and the Holy Spirit gives each individual the power, the direction and the capabilities to perform this individual function for the benefit of others in the Body (1 Peter 4:10).  Once a person is saved and transformed, that person can never lose his salvation (John 10:28) and has the guaranteed hope of heaven (1 John 5:13).  Christ is preparing a place for that person right now in heaven (John 14:2) and prays continually in behalf of him before God in heaven (Hebrews 7:25).  God in heaven, Christ, the Eternal High Priest in heaven, and the Holy Spirit within the believer continually guide the saved and transformed believer through the perfect and exclusive truth of the Bible (Psalm 19:7), the exercise of prayer (Romans 8:26), the counsel of individuals in the Church (1 Peter 5:2) and the sovereign, providential action of God (Romans 8:28).

Doctrine & Governance

In the Christian life there is the doctrinal, what we think, and the practical, what we do. God communicates very specifically in the Bible regarding doctrine: what His people should think about Him, His world, His will, His plans, His creatures, His judgments, His coming glory, etc.  The Statement of Faith is Grace Church of Sacramento’s concise summary of what God says His people should think about: His truth (the Bible), Him (God), His salvation, humankind, the Church, Marriage, Government and civic duty, angels, the future and the personal character of a Christian.
Practically, God specifies behavior.  More often, God specifies what motivations His people should have and leaves the specific actions to the individual.  The Governing Articles is a Church Constitution – it specifies how Grace Church of Sacramento governs itself.  It embraces what God says about church government in the Bible, and also what the Government of the United States and the State of California require, without contradiction.
Grace Church of Sacramento prays for peace: that the government never requires a Christian to disobey God or conscience (1 Timothy 2:2).

Doctrine & Governance

In the Christian life there is the doctrinal, what we think, and the practical, what we do. God communicates very specifically in the Bible regarding doctrine: what His people should think about Him, His world, His will, His plans, His creatures, His judgments, His coming glory, etc.  The Statement of Faith is Grace Church of Sacramento’s concise summary of what God says His people should think about: His truth (the Bible), Him (God), His salvation, humankind, the Church, Marriage, Government and civic duty, angels, the future and the personal character of a Christian.
Practically, God specifies behavior.  More often, God specifies what motivations His people should have and leaves the specific actions to the individual.  The Governing Articles is a Church Constitution – it specifies how Grace Church of Sacramento governs itself.  It embraces what God says about church government in the Bible, and also what the Government of the United States and the State of California require, without contradiction.
Grace Church of Sacramento prays for peace: that the government never requires a Christian to disobey God or conscience (1 Timothy 2:2).

Leadership

Jerry Ryan

Elder, Chairman of the Board of Elders

Jerry and his lovely wife, Sherri, have been married for almost 50 years, and have four living children and 16 grandchildren. Jerry served as a transportation industry executive for over 30 years.

Vincent M. Bradshaw

Pastor-Teacher
B. A., Economics; Stanford University, with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986.
M.Div.; The Master’s Seminary, Summa cum Laude, 2001.

Vincent was born in Seattle and attended Stanford University and The Master’s Seminary. He has been the Pastor-teacher of Grace Church of Sacramento since its inception in 2003. Vincent specializes in Biblical Languages, Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic, and enjoys other classical and modern languages:  Latin, Arabic, Syriac, French, German and Japanese. Besides preaching from the Old & New Testaments, Vincent counsels and ministers to adult singles and couples.

Vincent and his lovely wife, Nadia, have four children: Josiah Abraham, Elisheva Hazzelel, Rachel Hadassah and Micaiah Ezra. With their children, they enjoy family Bible study, classical & worship music, travel, martial arts and water sports.

Viktor Molitvenik

Elder

Viktor was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and immigrated to Sacramento in 1999.  Viktor was educated in Nizhnegorsk and Simferopol, Crimea and is the former Senior Pastor of the Nizhnegorsk Baptist Church.  Viktor is one of the founding members of Grace Church of Sacramento and serves as an Elder, Pastor of Children’s Ministries and Pastor to Russian Couples.

Viktor enjoys ministering with his beautiful wife, Fanya.

Viktor and his family enjoy the outdoors and reading.

Leadership

Jerry Ryan

Elder, Chairman of the Board of Elders

Jerry and his lovely wife, Sherri, have been married for almost 50 years, and have four living children and 16 grandchildren. Jerry served as a transportation industry executive for over 30 years.

Vincent M. Bradshaw

Pastor-Teacher
B. A., Economics; Stanford University, with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1986.
M.Div.; The Master’s Seminary, Summa cum Laude, 2001.

Vincent was born in Seattle and attended Stanford University and The Master’s Seminary. He has been the Pastor-teacher of Grace Church of Sacramento since its inception in 2003. Vincent specializes in biblical languages: Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic, and is a Professor of Biblical Languages and a Board Member at The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, CA. Besides preaching from the Old & New Testaments, Vincent counsels and ministers to adult singles and couples.

Vincent and his lovely wife, Nadia, have three children: Josiah Abraham, Elisheva Hazzelel and Rachel Hadassah. With their children, they enjoy athletics, classical & worship music and the outdoors.

Viktor Molitvenik

Elder

Viktor was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and immigrated to Sacramento in 1999.  Viktor was educated in Nizhnegorsk and Simferopol, Crimea and is the former Senior Pastor of the Nizhnegorsk Baptist Church.  Viktor is one of the founding members of Grace Church of Sacramento and serves as an Elder, Pastor of Children’s Ministries and Pastor to Russian Couples.

Viktor enjoys ministering with his beautiful wife, Fanya, his four daughters and   son-in-law.

Viktor and his family enjoy the outdoors and reading.

Membership

Church Membership as a specific phrase does not occur in the Bible. However, Church membership represents a vital biblical principle. One who desires church membership desires to receive biblical shepherding and counsel, to make a special commitment to a specific church, and to submit to the loving leadership of that church. Church membership indicates maturity and fosters spiritual growth. Church members renounce the desire to act independently, selfishly, unbiblically or defiantly with regard to the other members and the church leadership. One who refuses church membership may need to reform his spiritual motivations.
Membership is for believers in good standing. Unbelievers are ineligible. Believers who receive membership must have no unresolved sin issues. Members who refuse to resolve sin issues receive church discipline, which may involve the revocation of membership and forfeiture of all relationships with those in the church. One who is excluded from the church may be an unbeliever, or a believer who needs to repair his relationship with God and His people. A person under discipline may reenter the church when he repents. One who never repents was most likely never a Christian.
Membership means commitment to one local church. Membership in more than one local church is not practicable. Church members in good standing may terminate or change their membership for various reasons.

Membership

One who desires church membership desires to receive biblical shepherding and counsel, to make a special commitment to a specific church, and to submit to the loving leadership of that church. Church membership indicates maturity and fosters spiritual growth. Church members renounce the desire to act independently, selfishly, unbiblically or defiantly with regard to the other members and the church leadership. One who refuses church membership may need to reform his spiritual motivations.
Membership is for believers in good standing. Unbelievers are ineligible. Believers who receive membership must have no unresolved sin issues. Members who refuse to resolve sin issues receive church discipline, which may involve the revocation of membership and forfeiture of all relationships with those in the church. One who is excluded from the church may be an unbeliever, or a believer who needs to repair his relationship with God and His people. A person under discipline may reenter the church when he repents. One who never repents was most likely never a Christian.
Membership means commitment to one local church. Membership in more than one local church is not practicable. Church members in good standing may terminate or change their membership for various reasons.

ADDRESS

8071 Old Auburn Rd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

WORSHIP TIMES

Sunday Morning:
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday Evening:
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
(No evening service during Summer)

ADDRESS

8071 Old Auburn Rd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

PHONE

(916) 705-9929

WORSHIP TIMES

Sunday Morning:
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday Evening:
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
(No evening service during Summer)