We believe grace truly is amazing! God’s election is one of grace – calling us out of darkness into His marvelous light. The Doctrines of Grace hold a prominent place within our doctrine, our worldview, and our worship.
We rejoice in Christ’s fulfillment of the New Covenant. By his shed blood, we enjoy the benefits of His righteousness imputed to us. Each time we observe the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of that precious gift, and the covenant that binds every believer of all time together in Christ Jesus.
While we have much in common with the broader Reformed community of faith, we are distinctively Baptist. We hold to regenerative church membership, meaning that we believe regeneration leading to faith and repentance should precede a person’s baptism. We also believe that baptism by immersion is the biblical model and a consistent meaning of the original Greek word baptizo.
Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. Predestined for adoption as sons and conformity to the image of His Son. Called. Justified. Glorified. These are words that describe all of God’s chosen people of all time. From Abraham until today, God has drawn a people to himself. They are the ecclesia – the called-out ones. And ecclesia is translated into English as the Church.
Pastor Todd Wilson has served as pastor since August 2005. He received his MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2000. Before entering the ministry, he worked as a Computer Engineer/Network Analyst for 8 years. Todd and his wife Lori were married in 1987 and have two daughters, Bailey (b. June 1990) and Kirby (b. March 1992) and two granddaughters. They are also involved with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home & Pathways Ministries in the ministry of foster care. Pastor Todd enjoys the ministry at Grace Covenant and leading in the work of missions. He is committed to short term international missions, going and leading groups each year. He has had the privilege of ministering in Kiev, Ukraine; Guilin, China; Niteroi & São José dos Campos, Brazil; southeastern Turkey; Irapuato, Mexico; La Poza, Mexico; Punta Gorda, Belize; and in Northern and South Africa. Pastor Todd also serves on the planning committee for the Deep South Founders Conference and is co-director of the Portuguese Speaking Pastors Project.
Pastor Stephen Hyde has served as an elder at Grace Covenant since 2013. He has attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Reformed Baptist Seminary. His full-time employment is in banking, and he has over 25 years of experience in that industry. He and his wife Tara were married in 1996 and have 4 children: Matthew (b. June 2001), Rebecca (b. July 2003), Andrew (b. June 2007) and Daniel (b. December 2009). Stephen is actively involved in developing library resources and educational programs for GCBC and teaches our adult Sunday School class. He also serves as church Treasurer and as a board member for the Deep South Founders Conference. Additionally, Stephen has a heart for helping those with financial problems and has been involved in counseling numerous families over the years. He is committed to helping families manage God’s resources wisely and overcome the burden that debt places on their service to God and on their marriages.