After a number of months of prayer, reflection, and visioning, the congregation of the Ocala, Fla., Grace Brethren Church voted July 18 to dissolve the Ocala church as an independent entity, and become a campus of Grace Church of Sebring, the Grace Brethren church in Sebring, Fla.
“They willingly have submitted to follow the leadership of the elders at Sebring, who prayerfully accepted them with joy,” says Randy Smith, pastor at Sebring.
The decision to rebirth the Ocala church, which had been without a permanent pastor for some time, was based on a work that God had been doing for months, according to Smith.
“About a year ago the leadership of Ocala Grace faced a real problem,” he explains. “Their dear elders had served faithfully into their 80s and knew they needed help to keep going. They are men of integrity, but they felt unable to keep forging ahead. The spirit was willing but the body wouldn’t always cooperate.