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About Grace Bible Church

Our History 1956-1960

The Church was begun by Pastor Jesse Anderson, who was sent here by the conference around 1956. The Genesee Independant Baptist Church had been started earlier and was pastored by George Merton. Gail and Mertys Fischer and their two young sons, Bob and Duane, came from the Genesee church to help. 

Jesse Anderson was one of seven children of a New Jersey truck farmer. His parents both died after the oldest child had just married, and the newlyweds took in the six orphans to raise. When Jesse was about 21 years old, he attended a retreat in Cape May, N.J., where he nad his wife-to-be both dedicated their lives to Christ. he worked in downtown Philadelphia at Penn Life Insurance Co. When WWII started he worked in the shipyards, took night classes at Temple University and pastored a small Bible Presbyterian church. It took him 19 years to get his degree from Temple. Then he took classes at Philadelphia College of the Bible.

He pastored the Haddonville church (conference) for seven years where by a series of events he got to take a (free) tour of the Holy Land.

He worked for a year for no pay for a ministry and then came to Flint with his wife, 3 sons and his wife's 2 widowed aunts . . . and lots of debts.

Church Building 1960
Gail Fischer's mother gave him the use of a small house rent free for 1 year. He got a job in a hardware store and arranged to use the small voting precinct building for services. First Sunday was just his family. The summer, Vacation Bible School brought children and families and so the church purchased the shell house which is now our fellowship room. The shell house was purchased with a loan from the conference. In 1960 the men of the church built the sanctuary, under the leadership of Gail Fischer, a carpenter. Some of the men were Don Archer, Don Bettinger, Jack Kutchin, and Clarence Lemon.