Member Spotlight
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401 Church St #1031, OFallon , MO 63366 | 636-357-1558 
Chris Highfill - Lead Pastor

Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. In March of 2003, I married my wife – Sarah. Sarah and I have three children; Ella (8), Jack (7), and Alle (5).  I graduated with a degree in Church Ministries from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.  I was a student pastor for 13 years before moving to O’Fallon.  As a youth and associate pastor, I annually educated nearly 2,000 students on ways to make healthy relationship decisions as an abstinence educator for the public school system.  In addition, I directed a youth camp averaging over 800 students in attendance, and in June of 2010, I started Camp Hope – a camp for homeless and at risk youth. I have loved the Saint Louis area from a young age, and have always dreamed of calling Saint Louis my home.

Tell us about your organization:
Grace River Church is a new church in O’Fallon that will begin meeting at John Weldon Elementary School this fall.  Grace River has been hosting free movie nights throughout the summer at John Weldon. The final movie night of the summer will be held on Saturday, August 16th at John Weldon Elementary School at 7:00p.m, where we will be showing Rio 2. In the fall, Grace River will begin hosting preview services once a month, and will begin meeting weekly on January 11th, 2015. 

Why a new Church?  Don’t we have enough Churches in this area? 
Less than 15 percent of Saint Charles County claims to attend church regularly. Statistics reflect that the best way to connect people who currently do not regularly attend a church is to simply start a new one.  I am passionate about establishing a church that is geared towards welcoming those without a church background, because I, myself, was not raised with church as a priority in my life. 

What is the mission/vision of your organization?
Grace River Church is a church for people no matter what their background is. Whether you love the church, or have never been to church before, Grace River is the place for you. Grace River Church prides itself on the fact that we embrace the God-given strengths and weaknesses of all individuals and seek ways to better serve the community of which we are a part. The church is connected to Converge MidAmerica – a regional church planting organization. The mission of Grace River Church is to love people well, to lead them in a growing relationship with God, and to launch them out to change the world. Grace River Church places its values in areas such as community, generosity, authenticity, service, and excellence.

Why would you recommend the O’Fallon Chamber?
The Chamber has been the best way to network and learn the needs of the community. Grace River Church is a proud member of the Chamber and loves working hand in hand with other community organizations.