Mission Statement:

The Congregation is committed to continuing an active ministry of worship, education, service, sharing and witness in a newly expanded fully handicapped accessible facility  with plenty of parking located on Ridgecrest Road.


Through its Missions Committee, Grace supports a number of organizations, programs and projects either directly (“hands on”) or indirectly (financially):
  • ELCA World Hunger Appeal
  • Grace Food Pantry
  • Partners in Education with Bethlehem Elem. School
  • Strawberry Festival and Rummage sale, proceeds of which are distributed to local charities
  • W.A.T.C.H.
  • 4-H
  • “Souper Bowl” Sunday
  • Bethlehem Fire Dept.
  • Helping Heroes
  • Health Right
  • Community Lutheran Partners
  • Camp Luther
  • United Lutheran Seminary
  • Strands Of Comfort
Meet Our Staff:
Pastor Tim Spence
became the first pastor of Grace Lutheran Church on January first 2016. A graduate of Gettysburg College and Gettysburg Seminary, he was ordained in 1986 and served 5 other parishes before coming to Grace, including serving as pastor of Edgwood-Zion Lutheran Parish from 2014-2015 which led to the formation of the Grace Lutheran Church in late 2015.
Laurie Glover Spence
came to Grace in September of 2016 as Choir Director and Assistant Organist. She brings more than 35 years experience as a music teacher and church musician.  A graduate of Bucknell University and UNC Chapel Hill with degrees in Early Music, She is currently serving as Director of Music, Choir Director, and Interim Organist.
Steve Sedilko formerly served as sexton of Zion Lutheran Church and joined Grace’s staff in that position in January of 2016. Ably assisted by his wife Elaine (who volunteers) they keep Grace bright, clean and welcoming to all who come.
Calen Antonacci is Head of IT at Grace Lutheran.  He started here in 2018 after graduating from WVNCC with a degree in Software Engineering in May of 2016. He loves Star Wars and is the Sous Chef at Wheeling Country Club.
Shirley Johnson Joined Grace Lutheran in May 2018 from Rhonda L. Wade ESQ. Law Office. A graduate of WVNCC in Criminal Justice and while in the Army National Guard she met the love of her life and married him 32 years ago.  When she’s not working she’s taking care of her grandchildren and animals.
Jolinda Steiner joined our staff in December 2020 as the bookkeeper. She has and MBA in Accounting and has worked in the valley for over 30 years including Oglebay Park.
The Symbol of Grace Lutheran Church is Martin Luther’s seal, which is a black cross for sin surrounded by a red heart symbolizing the love of Christ. It rests on a white rose symbolizing peace and joy. The rose is set in a field of blue to remind us of our hope of heaven. All of it is surrounded by a gold ring to show that the love of God is more precious than anything.
The Color for Grace Lutheran Church is Royal Blue. In Christian tradition blue symbolizes hope.