January 2008 marked a new chapter for two influential congregations in the East Valley of the Phoenix metro area. CitiChurch of Scottsdale, which was started by the Crists in 2000, and Word of Grace in Mesa, led by Dr. Gary Kinnaman for more than 25 years, united into one dynamic multi-site church on two locations. Dr. Terry and Judith Crist became the Senior Pastors of the newly formed City of Grace January 9, 2008.
Shortly thereafter, the pastors of Latitude Church in East Mesa, along with their entire congregation, joined the growing City of Grace family in October of 2008. Most recently, a local Latino congregation led by Pastors Jose and Elizabeth Cruz became Ciudad de Gracia, embracing our mission and purpose, enabling us to reach our Spanish speaking community like never before.
Ultimately, the mission of City of Grace is about loving people to life. The clearest expression of that mission is reaching out and ministering to every individual on their own level. Because of the passion we have for that purpose, City of Grace continues to expand our mission, vision, and values, whenever Kingdom opportunities present themselves. This has been accomplished through church planting, regional campus development, and church mergers. If you would like to become affiliated with City of Grace in any of these capacities please contact us at .