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We want to reach the world, welcome the lost and hurting, and love them as Jesus does.
We want to preach the good news…that Jesus came to rescue us, heal our brokenness, and restore us to our Creator.
We want to teach the Word of God and build a foundation of faith that grows ever stronger in consistent relationship with our Savior and connected relationship with each other.







Pastor Shannon & Tira Lambert – Senior Pastors

Pastor Shannon is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has over 20 years of experience in ministry.  He and his wife, Tira, have been happily married for 20 years.  They have three amazing children, Nate (18), Rachel (16), and Sarah (13), who serve together with them in ministry.  Pastor Shannon is committed to reaching those who are far from God, as well as discipling, strengthening, and equipping the Church to engage in mission and community outreach.  He is passionate about establishing and nurturing lasting relationships among believers. You can reach Pastor Shannon at and Tira at




Christa Barnes – Pastor’s Secretary/Office Administrator

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Having attended Grace Community Church for over 20 years, Christa has a deep love for our congregation and a passion to see GCC continue to make a significant impact in our community. She has been involved in almost every area of ministry throughout the years, including our Worship Team, Media Ministry, Intercessory Prayer, Nursery, Adult Bible Fellowship Teacher, and Women’s Ministries. She serves as Pastor’s Secretary, manages the office operations, and oversees many areas of ministry. Contact Christa by email at


Beverly Flanery – Bookkeeper

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Beverly Flanery has been a vital part of the staff at Grace for more than ten years and has recently partially “retired,” cutting back to two days per week, only because we can’t do without her!! She brings valuable experience and insight to the ministry and manages the finances of Grace with excellence and care. Aside from helping to oversee office operations, Beverly has a genuine heart for the families of Grace and the community of Salem. You can reach Beverly at


Gary Bartle – Staff Pastor

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Staff Pastor Gary Bartle has served for over 45 years in ministry. Gary worked for many years as an educator which led to him being the Dean of Rolla Technical Center in Rolla, MO. He was also the architect for the Chaplaincy Program at Rolla Hospital. The greatest joy Pastor Bartle finds is when he has the opportunity to minister to others from the Word of God. He teaches in the Grace Ministry Center, an authorized study center for Global University on Sunday mornings during the Adult Bible Fellowship hour. Contact Pastor Gary at


Shirley Boxx – Churchkeeper

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Shirley Boxx is responsible for overseeing every wing of GCC’s facility. A spirit of excellence is one of the principles we strive for in the daily operations at Grace Community Church. Shirley is instrumental in carrying out this principle when it pertains to the appearance of the church facilities. She takes great pride and effort into ensuring the property maintains that “Spirit of Excellence”. Shirley has been part of the Grace family for over thirty years and over church keeping for more than ten years. You can reach Shirley at




Carlos Lopez – Youth Pastor

Carlos and Gabby have been a tremendous addition to the GCC staff! They both have a passion for student ministry and are willing to go the extra mile to build meaningful relationships with the students of GSM, encouraging them to keep Christ the center! We are looking forward to all God is going to do in and through our student ministries under the direction and leadership of this great team! Contact Pastor Carlos by email at


What We Believe…

WE BELIEVE… the Scriptures are inspired by God.

WE BELIEVE… there is only One True God–revealed in three persons.

WE the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE…man willingly fell to sin.

WE BELIEVE…every person can have restored fellowship with God.

WE BELIEVE…and practice two ordinances(1) Water Baptism by Immersion and (2) Holy Communion.

WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special Experience following salvation.

WE BELIEVE…the initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘speaking in tongues.’

WE BELIEVE…sanctification initially occurs at salvation.

WE BELIEVE…the church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin.

WE BELIEVE…a divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the church.

WE BELIEVE…in divine healing of the sick.

WE BELIEVE…in The Blessed Hope—when Jesus raptures His Church prior to His return to Earth.

WE BELIEVE…in the millennial reign of Christ.

WE BELIEVE…a final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ.

WE BELIEVE…and look forward to the perfect New Heaven and New Earth.

For more information visit the Assemblies of God website.





GCC is a thriving, active church that is on the move in ministry! Each week, stay informed of all of the opportunities to be involved in our services, ministries, and activities. You can access our Weekly Bulletin and our Weekly Announcement Videos here!







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9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Fellowship & Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service


7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study and Grace Student Ministries




Physical Address:

600 S. Water Street, Salem, MO 65560 (map)

Telephone:  (573) 729-4573

Fax:  (573) 729-4024


Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday from 8:30am to 4pm.



We invite you and your family to come as you are and join us with an open heart ready to experience God’s presence and power! We know it can be unnerving and awkward to visit a new church, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you to feel comfortable the moment you walk in the doors. Here is what you can expect at Grace Community Church.


What’s waiting for me inside?

Regardless of which doors you enter, you’ll be greeted warmly by a member of GCC’s Hospitality Team. Let them know it’s your first time at Grace, and they’ll be glad to show you around our beautiful facilities, or help you find a seat! They will provide you with our Weekly Bulletin, which highlights all of our upcoming events and ministries. In our Front Foyer, you’ll find the Connection Center. Stop by and let us bless you with a free gift! We’d love for you to fill out a Connect Card…it’s our way to communicate with you and get to know you better. You can complete as much information as you feel comfortable and turn it in when the offering baskets are passed during service or give it to any Hospitality Team member after service.


What should I wear?

We’re more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. Most people will dress in business-casual or casual weekend attire, so dress how you feel comfortable and you’ll fit right in!


What’s available for my kids?

Kids are a very big deal at GCC! We desire to reach and teach children in such a way that they have the greatest opportunity to become fully developing followers of Christ. Our children’s ministry, GraceKids, is a safe and fun environment for kids to grow in their relationship with God and others. Our programs are designed to each unique age group and they will have a blast! If you would like for your kids to join in, our hospitality team will help direct you to our KidCheck kiosk, where a volunteer will help assist you through the check-in process. Your child will be given a nametag with a code, and you will also be given a matching tag with their unique code so you can rest assured they are secure, and you’ll be the only one allowed to pick up your child after service. You can then drop them off at your child’s class where the GraceKids Staff will welcome your child with open arms. We have Kids’ Church for those in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, Sonshine Gang for ages 3 to school-age, and Nursery for Birth-2.
*Your child’s safety is our highest priority and so we require each of our volunteers to undergo a background check prior to being involved in our Children’s Ministries.


What’s the service like and how long is it?

Our Sunday Morning Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and usually lasts until around Noon. We’re sure it will be the best 90 minutes of your week! We start our service with a time of engaging worship by the GCC Worship Team, filled with inspiring contemporary, powerful music in many different styles. It can be lively and upbeat or deep and intense worship. Our vision is to ignite a fire in the hearts of people to passionately pursue knowing Jesus Christ and our desire is that you encounter the Presence of God in an authentic way during our time together. You may see people worshipping in a variety of ways…standing, lifting their hands, clapping, or kneeling as they freely express their love for God and their thanks for what He has done in their lives. Worship is followed by a Bible-based message by our Pastor that will stir your faith and energize your growth in God.


Does Grace Community Church receive an offering?

Yes. Offering baskets are passed during the service. There are Offering Envelopes available for your giving in the seat backs. We also have an Online Giving option for your convenience here on our website, with the option to set up regular monthly tithing. Members and regular attendees are encouraged to be faithful in tithing. If you desire to give, please know Grace Community Church is devoted to being good stewards of God’s resources within our care.



We can all make a difference! God doesn’t just want to work IN you…He wants to work THROUGH you! He made each one of us with unique talents, personalities, skillsets, and spiritual gifts.  If your desire is to go deeper, become more involved, and develop your own callings and giftings to help build His Church, then here is your opportunity to explore the various ministries at GCC! Click to learn more about each area and pray about how you can get involved!  Remember, the Word says in 1 Peter 4:10:  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

ABF/Sunday School

Children’s Ministry

Hospitality Ministry

Intercessory Prayer

Men’s Ministry

Prison Ministry

Public Safety

Rural Compassion Ministry

Senior Adult Ministry

Women’s Ministry

Worship Team




Welcome to GCC’s Resource Page!

This page is designed to provide information about Grace Community Church, including the Constitution and By-Laws that govern our body and the Sixteen Fundamental Truths that we believe. Also found here are the Policies and Procedures about the use of our beautiful facilities, including the Sanctuary and The Gathering Place. Any requests for use of the facilities will not be placed on the calendar until the appropriate form(s) have been returned to GCC during our operating hours. If you have any questions, please call our office at 573-729-4573 or email