Clergy/Ministerial Staff: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Our ministry recognizes that God calls select members for ecclesiastical positioning in the church. According to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, authorization includes Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensure. Our clergy staff consists of minsters and elders who implement the work of the Lord on public and private platforms. Whether you’re seeking prayer, counsel or exaltation, this ministry will meet your needs.
Deacon Board: Our deacons make up some of the strongest pillars in our organization.
We strive to meet the ever growing needs of the church and its attendant ministries. The deacons of Greater Refuge operate in the spirit of excellence to help one another see how God is at work in our lives so that we can worship him by helping to care for our members with sympathy, witness and service. They sustain a family environment through communication, guidance, support and care. The deacon board consists of a variety of age levels from our teenage junior deacons (in training) to our senior level; deacon emeritus. Our goal is to provide an active channel of communication that addresses the needs and concerns at all levels as appropriate.
Brotherhood Ministry: The purpose of the brotherhood is to establish and maintain a Christian fellowship of men. Our brotherhood consists of men who take responsibility to hold each other accountable spiritually and emotionally for leadership and service to their family, relationships, church and community. Our brotherhood enjoy each other’s company and work together to achieve common goals. It is comprised of fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and friends from all walks of life who bring an incredible wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve amazing things for Greater Refuge Church and the community.
Missionaries: We believe all are called to the service of God and our fellow man! Our missionaries are taught how to best help the poor and to care for the sick and to work for the unconverted. Our missionaries are personally concerned for the spiritual and emotional health of mankind. The missionaries of GRC not only teach biblical principles but live them out every day. This ministry serves with joy and impacts our local assembly in servitude through preparation of our monthly communion, partnership with other auxiliaries for special events and fellowship. Our missionaries encourage all members and non-members regardless of their background to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through healthy living and biblical teachings.
Women’s Ministry: Whether you are a mother, daughter, sister, wife or friend, Greater Refuge Church recognizes the significant role women have in kingdom ministry. Emphasis is placed on spiritual strength, healthy communication and healthy – positive relationships with others. We empower, include, involve and welcome the demonstration of the many gifts and talents every woman brings to ministry. With a focus on spiritual and physical well-being, we welcome you to join us for Weeping Women’s Prayer, which is held every third Saturday at 9:00 AM.
Golden Guild Ministry: The Golden Guild of GRC is a ministry dedicated to meeting the needs of our seniors. Many of our programs meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs in church and the community. Greater Refuge invests in the well-being of our seniors because we believe it is the prayers of our most senior members who have spiritually sustained the success of our ministry.
Our MMA Ministry is comprised of various components to include:
Contemporary Praise Team (An anointed team of worshippers that lead our congregation in praise and worship every first and fourth Sunday with contemporary singing and music)
Devotional Praise Team (An anointed team of worshippers that lead our congregation in praise and worship every second and third Sunday with traditional gospel singing and music)
Unity and Love Ensemble (An anointed team of singers that lead our congregation with an eclectic style of singing and music that invoke and inspire others to increase their worship experience)
Children’s Choir (A group of enthusiastic youth who minister through song, often including choreographed pieces to their performance)
Liturgical Dance (An anointed group of dancers who dance to express religious faith and the goodness of Jesus. This ministry focuses on the complete use of the body through movement for a full worship experience.)
Thespian/Drama Team (This group is comprised of a skilled group of volunteers, actors, and director that offer productions for sacred services and special events.)
Usher’s Ministry: The Ushers Ministry is dedicated to help usher God's people into the building as well as maintain an atmosphere of reverence and order before, during and after the service with a "ready to-serve" attitude. Our ushers include both youth and adult representatives.
Transportation Ministry: The Transportation Ministry provides transportation for Members and non-Members that would like to attend services and events held at our church. Need a ride to Tuesday Night Prayer and Wednesday Church School Night?…Call (804) 321-1454 (line 6) and leave your name and phone number before 6:00 p.m. For a ride to our Sunday morning worship, call before 8:30 a.m.
Culinary Ministry: Not only are we served the “bread of life” from the pulpit, but nourishment is often offered for our natural bodies. The Greater Refuge Church Culinary Ministry truly demonstrates Christian service, as written in Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Hosting delicious meals in the Family Life Center (next door to our sanctuary) ---The hospitality demonstrated through this ministry exemplifies what it means to not only share with those in need but to welcome members and friends together in fellowship. With a heartfelt spirit of friendliness and professionalism, this ministry often hosts delicious meals for special occasions following a variety of events.
Outreach Ministry: Our outreach ministry assures people of God’s love for them and lead them to the path where they can experience God for themselves. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17 – We strive to awaken the non-believers faith or to encourage those with doubts God’s message of reconciliation, through intercessory prayer, missions, one-on-one witnessing, visitation and benevolence. This ministry represents a large population of our members as we seek to witness to all in every aspect of our lives.
Marriage Ministry: GRC has had the privilege of walking with a number of couples as they enter engagement, marriage and parenting. Our desire is to build strong families and marriages and we support couples through counseling and practical resources that encourage healthy relationships.
Singles Ministry: The Singles Ministry of Greater Refuge is designed to enrich the lives of single adults of all ages, stages and phases of life through rap sessions and off-campus social interaction and events.
Youth Ministry: Greater Refuge Church considers our youth in all aspects of our events and services. In the midst of an uncertain and sometimes chaotic world, during the adolescent years, we teach our youth how to walk faithfully before God as they grow, transitioning from children to young adults. This ministry bridges education, connection, formation and transformation. We encourage our youth to establish a solid relationship with Christ early in their life with hopes that they build and increase their knowledge of God. We recognize youth gifts and talents in ministry and utilize them to their full potential. This ministry inspires, affirms and equips youth for long term Christian living. Your child can learn more about God at our Children’s Church, which breaks out during our adult service on Sunday mornings.