Going back as far as the 1990s, some members of Grace Baptist Church (GBC) of Carlisle, Pa. had a concern to see a Reformed Baptist church planted on the West Shore of Harrisburg, Pa. A number of these members lived on the West Shore, but faithfully traveled to Carlisle to hear God’s Word preached. In 2008, the concern to have a Reformed Baptist church on the West Shore began to be realized when the elders of GBC prayerfully considered the possibility.
The result of the elders' prayerful analysis was that there was both a desire and a need to have a Reformed Baptist church on the West Shore. Therefore, a plan was proposed and began to be implemented in 2010. A Bible study that had been meeting on the West Shore for years became the initial core group for the new church.
This core group was encouraged to begin an evening service in August, 2011. The group met in the basement of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church. The Lord blessed this time of worship and fellowship. New families joined with the group. The core group, along with the people of GBC, were encouraged to press on in God's providence to secure a three year lease for a commercial facility where Sunday school and morning worship could begin and where other weekly activities or services such as prayer meeting could be held.
The core group voted to call the new church Grace Reformed Baptist Church (GRBC). The new church was constituted on October 21, 2012 with thirty-five charter members. Pastor David Campbell of GBC presided over the service and preached from Matthew 16:18 on Christ building His church. A business meeting followed with the charter members adopting a constitution and bylaws, electing elders and deacons, and approving a budget. The Lord's presence was evident among us on this very joyous occasion.
We joined the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) in April, 2013.
Rev. Scott Leone led, alongside Kent Creason, the preaching and teaching ministry during our transition from a church plant to a newly constituted church and through our calling of a Pastor. In July, 2014, the church called Rev. Keith Thompson to full-time ministry as our pastor. Pastor Keith Thompson began regular ministry in November, 2014.