A Church Becoming a Pillar of Grace
“...The church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15 ESV).
Pillar of Grace Church began ministry in New Prague April 4, 1976. The ministry grew out of a home Bible study that began August of 1975 at the home of Ray & Ardy Johnson.
The church met at the city hall until June of 1977, then purchased the church building at 309 1st Ave NE, from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. That church building was later sold to Queen of Peace Hospital. In 1995 the church moved to its present location, 830 4th Ave SW.
The church was first known as, “Living Praise Alliance”. The name was taken from the name of the church hymnal. In 1995 when the church was moved to its new location, the name was changed to New Prague Alliance.
The founding pastor was David Sohl. Elijah Layfield has been the pastor since June 2011.
During this time, the church has focused on a new emphasis on God's word through expository preaching and worship, God's glory through Reformed theology, and God's people through shepherding.
The church is in a restart phase while seeking to become more God-centered. In April 2015, the church voted to change its name to Pillar of Grace Church. The church wanted a name that would reflect the Lord's direction for us to be a church that celebrates the doctrines of grace and to be a church that will increasingly proclaim the good news of the gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ to our community.
“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name” (Revelation 3:12 ESV).