Grace Christian Church,
established under the vision and leadership of Bishop Robert L. and Rev. Dr.
Azalee C. Bishop, held its initial worship service on May 12, 1982, with a
membership of seventy-seven Bible believers. This service was held at 1833
College Drive, a small daycare facility. In 1984 GCC moved to the Columbia
Housing Authority’s Latimore Manor Housing Complex, where it flourished for
over seven years before being relocated to 627 Dixie Avenue.
On October 17,
1995, GCC purchased 5010 Monticello Road, the church’s current location. On
September 9, 1998, Grace Divinity College of Biblical Studies, accredited both
by the Accrediting Commission International and International Biblical
Association, was founded under the vision of Rev. Dr. Azalee C. Bishop.
In June 2006, Founder and
Visionary Bishop Robert L. Bishop went to be with our Heavenly Father. He is
passionately remembered for his faithfulness for serving the Lord, his
compassion for humanity, and his unyielding desire to make his community
In March 2021, Pastor
Emeritus and Founder Rev. Dr. Azalee C. Bishop went to be with our God Almighty.
A woman of wisdom, grace, love, and joy, Rev. Dr. Azalee C. Bishop blazed a
trail for women church leaders across this nation.
On June 10, 2007, the
Board of Trustees of Grace Christian Church unanimously voted that the legacy
be continued under Pastor Aaron R. E. and Elder Jennifer D. Bishop.
Weekly, Grace Christian
Church reaches out to the Eau Claire community through its worship services and
numerous outreach and community-based services. Grace Christian Church is proud
of its history and its tremendous spiritual and economic impact on its
membership and the Eau Claire community.
Sundays at 10:00am5010 Monticello Road Columbia, SC 29203803.754.8844