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When Grace Vineyard was founded in 1991, the church met in various locations throughout the community.
Finally, the church staff settled on Chamisa Elementary School in 1994. They figured it would only be a few years before a permanent location was found.
However, it took a little longer than expected. Rev. Jack Sullivan said different locations were determined to be either too small or too expensive. Fifteen years later, the church along with the office that was located next to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, relocated to 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite C.
The church is located across from Los Alamos High School in the building that was previously occupied by Ed’s Market.
The first service in the new building was held on Palm Sunday, March 28.
“We’re really excited about having a place of our own.” Sullivan said.
He added, “We like the location … (it’s) next to a lot of activities. The building has been recently remodeled … it’s a nice looking building. It’s a nice location.”
Another benefit is that the church does not have to constantly set up and tear down before and after services. Plus, there is space to have more classes for ministry. “There’s something about having a space of your own,” Sullivan said. “You can do anything you want … there’s something very comfortable about that.” However, some remodeling work is being done. Sullivan said the sanctuary is being enlarged and more space is being made for classes.
Before founding Grace Vineyard, Sullivan said he was a pastor at Trinity Bible Church, now known as Crossroads Bible Church.
In 1991, he went on to form Grace Christian Fellowship. Then in 2002, the church affiliated with the Association of Vineyard Churches. Grace Vineyard, Sullivan explained, considers itself to be an Evangelical Church in the lines of historic Christian doctrine. The church emphasizes contemporary worship and activity in all the gifts of the Spirit through the ministry of the church. The church is also involved in worldwide missions. As soon as the remodeling work is completed, an official dedication ceremony will be held.
“We’re excited about the future of the church here in Los Alamos. Not just our church, but all the churches,” Sullivan said.