About Us

Grace Community | People

Pastor Phil Schenck is a veteran pastor with over 35 years of professional ministry experience. Phil enjoys hunting and fishing and serving as an official for high school sports.  He is currently working on his doctorate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.  His previous pastorates include 11 years in Isle, MN and 13 years in Grand Rapids, MN.

Phil and his wife, Carol, have been married for 38 years.  They have been in New Ulm since 2011.  They are both involved in the community in a number of different ways.  Carol is part of the ISD 88 school system as a paraprofessional.  Phil and Carol are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of 6 grandchildren.

Carol and Phil are excited about the ministry of Grace Community Church.  The church is uniquely prepared and equipped to try new things and to reach out in new ways. Being relationship based instead of attendance based, the goal is to grow disciples of Jesus that mature and multiply!

Pastor Paul Burr is a second career pastor, coming out of the automotive industry, where he worked as an engineering supervisor for Ford Motor Co. Paul is the Pastor of Discipleship and Leadership Development at Grace Community Church responsible for developing ministry leaders and implementing a discipleship process. Paul has a passion for relationships that lead to growth in Jesus Christ and being a light in the community.

Paul and his wife, Carol, have been married for 35 years. Paul enjoys playing racquetball, piano, cello, golf, and scrabble. Carol has the gifts of administration and organizing. Carol enjoys spending time with family, neighborhood walks, and IPad puzzles. Paul and Carol are the parents of six children.

Grace Community | Purpose

Knowing Christ personally, loving and sharing Him passionately.

Grace Community | Vision

We envision a church empowered to follow Christ’s leadership through faith and His Word.  Guided by the Holy Spirit as we seek Him in prayer, we reach out to those who don’t know Christ and those hungry for more of Him.  Our goal is a more intimate walk with Jesus.  Beginning in our neighborhoods and communities, we make and equip disciples to Christ in their God-given passion.

Grace Community | Core Values

In starting Grace Community Church, much time was spent with the Lord in prayer, in thought, and in the Word regarding a simple set of core values that would provide a framework to the local church and guide the actions that sprung forth.  Below is a brief listing and description of those values.

Empowering Believers: We seek to unconditionally invest in people’s lives to empower them and encourage them to become disciple-makers

Prayer: We seek God’s Strength, direction, leadership and active involvement in people’s lives through the power of the Holy Spirit

Leadership of Christ: We serve, worship, follow, and submit to Jesus as the Head of the Church

Authentic Relationships: We are dedicated to building healthy, real relationships that reach out in Christ’s love

Faith: We will boldly and unconditionally trust God with our whole hearts and acknowledge Him in all things

Authority of the Bible: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God by which we seek to live our lives