Mission and Commitments

From the Pastor

In 2023, we are in a call process for a new Pastor, whose message will appear here.

Our Pastor

LCMS Mission Statement

To fulfill God’s Commands of the Great Commission, to Love the Lord our God, to follow Him and to make disciples of and baptize all nations.  

Being “Lutheran”

Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod https://www.lcms.org/

From the Council

I am honored and to have the office of President at Grace By-The-Sea. God has blessed Grace by a wonderful team of Christian leaders on both our Council and Board of Deacons. All willingly serve Grace to assure that our members are nurtured and strengthened for Christian service in their daily lives. Our resulting goal is that our members are equipped to share God’s love with the community.

The businesses and affairs of the Congregation are managed by the Church Council. Council members are elected by the Congregation via the Voters Assembly. Church Council is organized to effectively carry out the overall responsibilities of the Congregation, Evangelism and Outreach, Christian Education, Youth, Stewardship, Property, Fellowship, Public Relations and Treasury. Church Council consists of the Pastor, the Officers of the Congregation, the Chairperson of the Deacons and chairpersons of the Boards of the Congregation. The Council President is the executive officer of the Congregation, presiding over Council Meetings, Voters Meetings and oversees all boards and committees.

Gary Funaiock, Council President

Church Constitution and Bylaws.

From the Deacons

Grace, Peace and Mercy to all. My name is Rob Lawson, and I am Chairman of the Board of Deacons. I serve alongside Bill Jolly, Wilson Shearin, Heidi Francis and Richie Buscemi. Together, we have the role of assisting our Pastor as he serves the congregation.

In addition to assisting the Pastor, we also have the role of serving and assisting the members of the congregation. At times, our role involves praying for individual member’s needs; visiting shut-in or hospitalized members; encouraging spiritual growth; teaching classes or studies; welcoming guests; helping with communion distribution; networking with and giving support to the administrative boards and committees; during times of vacancy, overseeing the filling of the pulpit on Sunday mornings; counseling with our Pastor so that the Word of God is preached in truth and purity; finding God pleasing solutions to spiritual challenges.

As you can see, our role is quite varied; however, there is a theme which runs through all our efforts. We were modeled this behavior by our previous Pastors. It is that of a foot washing servant willing to humbly serve others.

May you feel the Lord’s blessing in your life.

Rob Lawson, Head Deacon

Mission Statement for Outreach and Evangelism

Our congregation’s effort is to make disciples by engaging the non-churched people in our community through our ministries and activities in order to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

Alice Jaeger, Council Member, Director of Outreach and Evangelism

The Human Care Fund

The Grace Lutheran Human Care Fund was established many years ago as members recognized that emergencies and hardships often arose in the lives of people around them. Through this fund, various needs could be addressed quickly and lovingly. Donations received are used to aid our Grace family. The fund is administered by the Board of Deacons. While the fund balance is transparent, listed in our standard financial reporting, the assistance provided, as one can understand, must remain highly confidential. If you wish to make a donation, note Human Care on your check or contact one of the Deacons. We pray this ministry, with God’s guidance, can continue for many years.

from the Deacons


As Lutheran Women in Mission, we joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.

At Grace Lutheran, we follow the LWML mission statement through utilization of the LWML Mite Box. Loose coins are collected that, in turn, are joyfully given to support missions throughout the world.


The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.


As an auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, our beliefs are in line with the statements found on the LCMS website at lcms.org/about/beliefs

Our objectives are: Mission Education, Mission Inspiration, Mission Service, Financial Grants for
Mission Needs. Our Motto is “Serve the LORD with gladness! (Psalm 100:2).”

Primary Focus

  • Proclaiming Christ Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all peoples! (Psalm 96:3).
  • Supporting Missions And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 16:15).
  • Equipping Women Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good that you may do his will (Hebrews 13:20–21).
  • Serving Others As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10a).