Grace Bible Church had its beginning in the early 1980’s, after the former church was handed over to Bishop Mosa Sono in 1983. Early 1982, Rhema North under the leadership of Pastor Ray McCauley, commissioned a young couple Andra’e and Edana Knoetze to start a church in Soweto. The then mayor of Soweto Mr David Thebehali was instrumental in securing Mavis Hall in White City Jabavu to be used for the church services.
As the church grew, there was a need to have more full-time workers and thus in 1982 Bishop Mosa Sono and the late Jerry Lechela were approached to be associate Pastors to Andra’e and Edana. The unique thing about the church at this point was the voluntary service that was offered by several church members like Mrs Nonceba Mnguni, Mr Levy, Cebisa Dwaba, Mrs Jane Shuba and others.
The preparation of the hall for the Sunday service was done the day before, with the setting out of 149 chairs, the Peveay Sound System, etc. The Sunday morning prayer meeting which preceded the service was introduced at this point, only a prayer distinctive that the church now embrace as on of its values.
In mid 1983, Bishop Knoetze sensed a leading to move into field ministry and thus the signing of the church was on the 1st September 1983 and officially handed over to Bishop Mosa Sono on the 4th of September 1983. This became one of the “rough periods” for the church as the Mavis Hall venue agreement was unfortunately terminated and with the church having to relocate, many members were lost; several key leaders left the church also; and due to certain constraints to the use of the Rhema name, the church was instructed not to use the name any longer; and the financial support to the church was also withdrawn. In the midst of these challenges, the first service as Isaacson Higher Primary School in Moroka was marked by an evident tangible presence of God. The name Grace Bible Church was adopted in 1984.
The church outgrew the facility at Isaacson Higher Primary School and with the help of Mama Seokolo secured the use of the church of the Holy Ghost building, in 1984. This phase of the ministry was characterised by consolidating the church administratively – the ministry of helps was expanded and training began. The first ministry of helps retreat was held on the 10th October 1984. The Financial Board was elected amongst whom were Mr Sono (Snr), Mr Job, Mr Ngakane and others. Kenneth Makopo also joined as an associate Pastor.
At this stage the prayer activity intensified with prayer meeting on Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoon service, focusing on prayer.
In 1985 the church relocated to Hlengiwe Secondary School, due to rapid numerical growth. Youth meetings were introduced, youth camps, banquets – leaders emerged amongst the young people. A focus on family teachings and activities started growing. This year concluded with a 1st anniversary celebration at Eyethu Cinema.
As the church continued growing, the board of the church had to decide to move to a bigger venue. Jabavu Home Makers Festival Ground became the only alternative venue within the radius in which the church had circulated since its inception. The first service was held on the 1st of June 1986. It is in this same year that Bishop Kenny Makopo left to establish a church in Garankuwa. On the administration side, the church moved its offices from No. 8 Rockville (Mr and Mrs Sono) garage – to Dube shopping complex. In this year we lost two of our youth leaders in an unfortunate and mysterious accident. The church at this stage seemed to be going through some attack – false rumours and some of our people’s lives were being threatened.
The move to Home Makers brought with it hard work and a need for resilience and toughness. From 1986 to date the church continued to go through different seasons, more emerged, this included the marriage of the young Ps Mosa Sono to Ps Gege Sono. The church continued to grow and started learning more about its social responsibility and thus established the Community Outreach Department and Mission Department. By Gods grace the church moved into its self-financed facility in Pimville Zone 1 on the 28th October 2001.
Grace Bible Church continues to grow and is willing to venture into new territories.
What We Do
Our Vision is to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Our Mission is expressed in the following activities:
We believe that anointed teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives in the church.
We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church…
Our Statement of Faith
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, in their original writing, as fully inspired of God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
We believe in one God, eternally existing…