Our Histroy

Our History

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. 

Our Founders

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 better.

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.  

The Legacy Continues

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.

Grace Christian Church

Sundays at 10:00am
5010 Monticello Road Columbia, SC 29203