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OUR HISTORY

Grace & Glory Gospel Chapel was established by Owbridge Faye Gall along with William Frank Mullin and Lucious McCray in 1947.  The Assembly moved to its present location, 7708 S Indiana, Chicago, IL  60619, in 1960.  In 1957, after meeting as a church with Steward’s Foundation, it was agreed upon that the Foundation would fund the property for the building after each believer, sitting in a circle, committed to paying off the loan over time.  The congregation of believers were all dedicated to keeping that commitment.

It started as a small group of believers assembled on Sundays at a neighborhood YMCA located at 51st and Indiana in Chicago.  They met on the lower level in a medium sized room.  The chairs were arranged in a circle so that everyone saw the face of each believer.  The service usually began with a song from the “Believers’ Hymn Book”.  That same book is still being used today by the Assembly. 

The songs were led by Bro. Gall, who loved singing.  His voice had volume, like a professional singer, and he sang loud and clear and with “zest”. He loved singing those hymns and sometimes, it seemed as if he was “alone” offering worship and praise to his God.  The “Breaking of Bread,Communion, Lord’s Supper” was shared each Sunday morning.  Collection of donations, tithes, and building fund monies were made among believers, only.  The same two pouches used then for collections are still used today. 

Visitors were not included as the collections were done, however, a small box was provided for those who wanted to give to the church.  Then the message was preached, mostly by Bro. Gall, who was a “fire and brimstone” preacher and the congregation was dismissed.  Some of the early members were:  along with Owbridge Faye Gall, William Frank Mullin, Lucious McCray were Ruby Gall, Marion Mullin, Roberta McCray, Adine Douglas, Inez Douglas (Washington Clayton), Agnes Wilson, Agnes Williams, and Nola Hicks.

The current building was completed in 1960, with the land having been purchased in 1957 through the Steward’s Foundation.

The believers at Grace & Glory Gospel Chapel continue to keep the ministry going, always trying to reach the lost with the good news of the Gospel.

 

Grace & Glory Gospel Chapel is a small edifice located on the south side of Chicago in the community called “Chatham”.  Chatham is known for modest, well-kept homes, manicured lawns, and beautiful churches.  The address is: 
7708 S. Indiana, Chicago, IL 60619.

Grace & Glory sits on two lots, surrounded by a big, sprawling, classic-looking house on the corner and a modest house on the other side.  The lawn in the front of the church seems bluish-green and full of flowers and plants.  The two big trees have leaves and branches that give shade in the summer and release goo-gobs of leaves in the fall to be raked up and bagged and taken away.  The back yard is fenced in and is invariably used for parking. 

Chatham is a bustling, busy village, full of excitement and expectation.  The streets are crowded and loud with people walking fast and talking on cell phones.  A Methodist Church-Greater Institutional, sits on the corner of 7800 S. Indiana.  Carter Temple CME Church sits on 79th and Wabash.  The Ruggles Elementary School is the neighborhood school servicing mostly African-American children.

The closest main street to Grace & Glory is 79th Street, spanning the streets of King Dr. to State St.  You don’t have to go far to experience fast food restaurants, Captain Hard Times Restaurant or Josephine’s (Black-owned, historical, civil rights’ era site), businesses, and a Behavioral Health Center.  It is a busy, thriving, prosperous, and successful community.

Inside the church building, the congregation encounters a glass door leading into the sanctuary.  When you open the door, you see pictures of Bro. Owbridge Fay Gall and Bro. William Frank Mullin, the founders of the church.  The pictures are bold, black & white colors taken when they were much younger and on fire for the Lord’s work.  They are both deceased, but their strong influence is still felt today.  In the vestibule, on one wall there are tracts, ads, and visitors’ information, as well as, coming events.  On the same wall, a bold scripture verse leaps out at you.  It says:  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33

On another wall, a shocking newspaper article tells of the plight of young black men in our country today and it relates the latest sad shooting in Chicago’s black neighborhoods.  Another newspaper article shows a picture of several black teenage boys with their pants down below their underwear.  As you enter the sanctuary, a muted red carpet greets your feet and eyes, welcoming you to “come” and “hear” and “see” of the Word of God.  A brown and beige, speckled tile under the benches breaks up the red carpet in the aisles. 

The benches are a shiny, polished tan with a bright red cushion, inviting ease and comfort as the Word of God is proclaimed.  Five big windows, very plain give light; additionally, a long window that reaches the ceiling and stops in the center of the wall, beckoning you to “see” and  “enjoy”.  A coat rack stands next to this window where visiting women can get a covering for their head, if they wish. 

A sign on the podium reminds us of a gracious and loving Lord Jesus. It reads:  “Once saved, always saved.”  The Bible tells us:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Also: … ”That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. 

The pulpit is decorated with seasonal silk flowers and four plush chairs for the Elders and visiting speakers.  Scripture verses cover the two sides of the pulpit above the organ and the piano.  They read:  “Christ died for our sins” and “What think ye of Christ?”  The huge banner on the back wall says:  “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures”.   At the foot of the pulpit, on the left sits the piano and on the right sits the organ. 

The Communion Table is located front and center of the pulpit.  It holds the two golden plates for the bread, the container for the wine, and the two pouches used for collection of the offering.  These same pouches have been used at Grace & Glory since its’ founding.  For years, at the beginning, there was one plate for the bread and one cup for the wine, meaning everyone drank the communion wine from one cup. 

The lower level of the church is impressive with curtains that were stitched and hung, custom-made for each window.  When you come down the stairs, there is a burst of color, depending on the season.  If it is Christmas time, the tables and the rest of the space will be decorated with green, red, and white.  Christmas trees, white snow is depicted by white tissue paper and red and green ribbons and bows. 

Red poinsettias, and sometimes white ones, abound throughout the facility.  If it is at Easter time the colors are neutral with fruit baskets and tracts.  “ Horns of Plenty”  are on the tables, full of nuts, acorns, apples and oranges”.  At Thanksgiving and during the observance of our anniversary, which is always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the tables are decorated with orange, brown, and beige, with again, horns of plenty filled with many goodies.  During the summer, the tables are filled with Vacation Bible School materials.  The classes last for one week, as kids learn about the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be God’s inspired Word, our final authority in faith and in practice. 

We believe in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again, and sits as our great High Priest.

We believe in the personal premillenial and imminent return of Christ from Heaven. 

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit that he indwells all believers.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting misery of the lost in hell.

We believe the Church of the Body of Christ, composed of all true believers, and that God recognizes no denominational differences. 

We believe it to be important that the Gospel of Christ be preached to “every person”.

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