Grace New Covenant Apostolic Church, then known as Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church was founded in 1961 under the pastorate of the late Bishop Charles M. Grant, a man of great vision who left his home in Virginia to pastor.
Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church held their first church service at Bishop Joseph W. Ward’s church, God’s Gospel Church on St. Clair. Their next place of worship was in a garage at Mother Banks on Atchison. The Lord blessed then greatly and in 1963 they bought their first church located on 634 Gibbard, Sister Alice Williams was the church secretary. Bishop Grant trustees were Sister Ruth McCrary, Sister Grace McDaniel, Deacon Lawrence Monroe, Elder Curtis Towns and Sister Alice Williams. Sister Ruth Cunningham was the church secretary. Sister Olivia Jones was the church reporter for over 20 years and submitted articles for publishing to the Call-n-Post.
In May of 1972 the congregation moved to is current location, 1643 Aberdeen Avenue. Elder Charles M. Grant was now Bishop Charles M. grant under the leadership of Dr. Quander L. Wilson. Bishop Grant and his wife Sister Pauline was much loved by the congregation. In 1985 Bishop Charles M. Grant became too ill to pastor. Elder Booker Jones and wife, Sister Juanita Jones began to pastor along with their seven children.
In 1987 Elder Jones said the Lord led him to change the name of the church to Grace New Covenant Apostolic Church and the congregation agreed. The Board of trustees under Elder Jones was Deacon Lawrence Monroe, Sister Marjorie Sullens, Elder Curtis Towns, Elder Larry Elkins and later Deacon Carl (Dickie) Nichols. The Secretary was Sister Ruth Cunningham, and later Sister Olivia McGee.
Bishop Booker T. Jones became Ill and went to be with the Lord. Bishop Jones had passed the mantle to Elder Gregory L. Fly. The Lord had been grooming Elder Fly since he was in Catholic School. Elder Fly was interim pastor for 5 months and officially became Grace New Covenant’s third pastor may 2004. He said the first thing the Lord told him to do was “Build My House” the church was renovated from top to bottom, inside and out.
Many great anointed preachers have spoken the Word of God from this pulpit, such as world renown Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Sherman Watkins, Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Apostle Layfette Scales, Bishop Howard Tilman and many more.