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.  The first half included work in 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 developing life-giving relationships that lead to growth in Jesus Christ and being a light in the community.

Paul and his wife, Carol, have been married for 37 years. Paul enjoys playing racquetball, piano, cello, golf, and scrabble. Carol is gifted in administration and organizing. Carol enjoys spending time with family, neighborhood walks, Ipad puzzles, and working on her dollhouse. Paul and Carol are the parents of six children and now grandparents to one grandson.


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

Genuine Love

Romans 12:9-10
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Daily Transformation

Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Abiding Prayer

John 15:7
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Courageous Faith

2 Samuel 10:12
Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.