Our Mission:

Visible grace

We accomplish our mission by living into our core values.

God made himself visible and accessible to us by living with us in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 18). Just as Jesus showed us the Father’s glory by living a life of grace and truth, we want to be “visible grace”, God’s hope and healing, by serving the needs of our world in community service and global mission. “What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

God has accepted us in Christ with no strings attached (Romans 15:7). When we truly understand God’s love for us, we are able to extend that same nonjudgmental invitation to transforming grace to each other and to the world. We invite everyone to taste life in our community through relationship building event, perhaps as a prelude to finding out more about God through other activities of our common life, such as Sunday worship or home groups.

The common life of the people of God should reflect the joy of being in God’s presence (Philippians 4:4, cf. Psalm 16:11). Our understanding of God may be circumscribed by our experiences with our fathers: often insensitive, sometimes distant, perhaps even abusive. But when our spiritual life is formed by experiencing our loving Father, we can enter into wholeness and joy. Worship at Grace Community seeks to make the strong, loving Father God of the Bible visible and accessible, using all the artistic forms at our disposal. We present God’s story of love and renewal through Jesus Christ so that we can each find the context and significance for our own stories. And we rely on the Holy Spirit as the agent for God’s work in our lives.

One cannot be spiritually formed apart from participating in the common life of a spiritual community (Hebrews 10:24-25). Two questions inform our life together. “When someone’s hurting, who knows?” – It is when we are vulnerable and asking for help that life-changing connections happen.  That's what our home groups are for.  "What's God saying to you and what are you going to do about it?"  Following Jesus is a spiritual journey of transformation that happens when we are willing to listen to God and cooperate with his work in us.  Listening to God often means listening to others.  And that happens best in the intimacy of small groups.

Our history

Grace Community Covenant Church started as a vision in 1997 that God gave to Pastor Steve and his wife, Winnie, to reach second- and third-generation Asian Americans and their friends in Silicon Valley. Steve’s background and education in church work and Asian American psychology, combined with Winnie’s career in hardware design engineering made them a good fit for carrying out this vision. They gathered friends and friends-of-friends in their living room for vision-casting meetings during the summer of 1997 and by October a core group of 18 was formed.

The vision was for a church community that was inviting to Asian Americans and their friends, a place of spiritual formation in community that was intergenerational, with energetic and accessible worship, that communicated the good news of God’s hope and healing through Jesus with a heart for mercy and justice in the surrounding community and globally.

The core group was invited to hold worship services at Foothill Covenant Church in Los Altos, which seemed an ideal place for reaching out to the Asian Americans concentrated in Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Mountain View. By September of 1998 the core group had grown to 75 regular worshipers and Grace Community Covenant Church had its Grand Opening on September 13, 1998. During this time we were featured in a couple of articles in the San Jose Mercury News, “Congregations at the crossroads” on April 12, 1998, and “Where we worship” on August 5, 2003.

By 2004 the leadership team felt it was time to leave Foothill. Like a young adult, we needed to move out on our own and test our mettle. God provided us a place in Palo Alto and over the next five years we learned how to handle our own affairs. We sent mission teams and individuals to places like Biloxi, Mexico, China, Pakistan, Thailand, India, and Cambodia, and we grew in our passion to help fight human trafficking. Besides the mission teams and short-term trips, we also sent missionaries to China, Thailand, and Indonesia. And we developed our vision of intergenerational church community and learned how to run our own children’s programs.

In mid-2009 financial pressures helped us to realize that the Palo Alto location was too far north to serve as a base for most of our people. We had centers of community in Sunnyvale, central San Jose, and Milpitas. So we looked for a place that was south of Palo Alto. God showed us his sense of humor by opening up Foothill Covenant Church to us! In February 2011 we moved back to Foothill. Things have changed for both churches. We are developing a continually deepening partnership to serve our community and our world. We are excited about the possibilities available as we share Foothill Covenant’s beautiful campus in Los Altos. We invite you to join us in being visible grace, offering hope and healing in Christ to Silicon Valley and to the world.

Our denomination

Grace Community Covenant Church is an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Pacific Southwest Conference

The mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church is to see more people engage in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ across more populations in a more just and caring world.  We are:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent

The Pacific Southwest Conference is a multiethnic mosaic of over 150 churches in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.