Our Mission

The mission of Grace Baptist Fellowship is to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to be more faithful disciples.

Service Times
Sunday School 9:15 AM
Worship Service 10:30 AM
Evening Worship 6:00 PM (Please check calendar)
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact Information:
1197 Pinecone Road
Sartell, MN 56377
(320) – 252 – 5548
Senior Pastor Jim Goodew
Jim was saved in 8th grade following a message from God’s word at church on a Sunday evening.   He met his wife, Susie, at Faith Baptist Bible college and Theological Seminary (FBBC&S) in Ankeny Iowa.  They have 6 children and 2 grandchildren.
The Goodews enjoy  the outdoors, gardening, and hiking.  Jim loves hunting of various sorts and fishing.
Jim earned both his BS in Pastoral Studies and his MA in Practical Theology at FBBC&S. Prior to coming to Grace, Jim served at Faith Baptist church in Brainerd, MN for 28 years.
He is burdened that the local church faithfully and practically proclaim God’s Word.  Jim has had extensive training and experience in biblical counseling.  This is a major focus in his leadership at Grace.  Along with this, he has a desire to see people trained to use their gifts and abilities to faithfully serve the Lord and help others.
He desires to see people come to know God personally and to serve Him.  A favorite verse of his is Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Walker Brown
Walker and Amy Brown began dating in 2009.  As they grew together they grew in their understanding of the Bible and their love for Jesus Christ.  In 2011, they made the Bible the primary guide of truth in their lives, which eventually included finding Grace Baptists Fellowship.  The have 5 children: Ellie, Lauren, Wyatt, Penelope and Watson.  They enjoy many activities as a family and love the outdoors.  They are thankful for Grace in every way, not only what they receive but how they can give back to their eternal family.
Faith Alone in Christ Alone.
Shawn Hamilton
Laura and I were married in 2003 in Chihuahua Mexico.  We have three children Alexa, Mia and Alexander.  I was saved when I was 5 years old and Laura when she was 13.  Our bilingual family loves sports, outdoor activities, going to the park and shopping.  The Bible is an important part of our life and I enjoy teaching it.
Jeff Kellerman
Jeff was drawn to the Lord and became a Christian at the age of 21 while attending college.  One of his favorite verses is Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” He has served at Grace in a variety of roles and looks forward to continuing to be sanctified at Grace while faithfully serving the Lord in whatever role he is called.
Jeff is married to Hattie and together have raised their daughter Hannah. In 2014, Hanna graduated from The Master’s College in Biblical Counseling.  Jeff has been employed by the Sartell School District as a physical education teacher and coach since 1983.  During his free time he likes to be physically active gardening, running or just working in his woods.
Dale Lindner
Hi, my name is Dale Lindner and my wife’s name is Angie.  We were married in 2000.  We have five children: Andrew, Aaron, Abby, Abram,  and Asher  (Wow that’s a lot of A’s). I have been a follower of Christ since 2003 and Angie since she was a little girl.  With Christ as our focus we aim to make Him the center of our home and our lives.  We as a family enjoy many outdoor activities and sports.  One of my favorite Bible verses is Galatians 5;1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  I look forward to serving at Grace Baptist.
Ben Welsand
Ben and Aimee Welsand began dating in May of 2000.  Shortly after meeting, Ben accepted Christ as his personal savior.  Aimee accepted Christ in April of 1997, and had been attending Victory Baptist church  (which would soon become Grace Baptist Fellowship).  Ben was involved in a building addition project at Grace that expanded our facilities and both of them signed on as charter members.  They were married in September of 2003.  They have 6 children: Miles, Amelia, Fiona, Lena, Elsa and Arthur; whom they home school.  They have many interests, but mostly just enjoy being together as a family.  They consider Grace to be a third family and feel very close to them.  They are very thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and our church and look forward to what lies ahead.
Manly Mornings Feb. 13, 20, 27 at 6:30 a.m.
18 – Christian Education Staff Meeting at                    11:45 a.m.
23-24 Men’s Retreat
25 – Darrell Friar here.
Fellowship dinner with Two Rivers joining us here for the meal and the afternoon              service. 
3 -Role Realignment Conference in Maplewood with Stuart Scott & Martha Peace.
4 – AM Communion
Bass Lake Camp



2017-05-28 Jim Goodew – Life Changing Faith


Jan 28, 2018
The Reluctant Servant – Part 2
Series: Exodus
"The Reluctant Servant - Part 2" by Jim Goodew. Released: 2018. Genre: Religious.
  • Jan 28, 2018The Reluctant Servant – Part 2
    Jan 28, 2018
    The Reluctant Servant – Part 2
    Series: Exodus
    "The Reluctant Servant - Part 2" by Jim Goodew. Released: 2018. Genre: Religious.
  • Jan 14, 2018The Sacredness of Human Life
    Jan 14, 2018
    The Sacredness of Human Life
    "The Sacredness of Human Life" by Pastor Jim Goodew. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Religious.
  • Dec 31, 2017Numbering Our Days
    Dec 31, 2017
    Numbering Our Days
    "Numbering Our Days" by Jim Goodew. Released: 2017. Genre: Religious.
  • Dec 17, 2017Our God of the Impossible
    Dec 17, 2017
    Our God of the Impossible
    Series: Christmas
    "Our God of the Impossible" by Jim Goodew. Track .
  • Dec 10, 2017We Beheld His Glory
    Dec 10, 2017
    We Beheld His Glory
    Series: Christmas
    "We Beheld His Glory" by Jim Goodew. Track .
  • Dec 3, 2017Prepare for the Lord
    Dec 3, 2017
    Prepare for the Lord
    Series: Christmas
    "Prepare for the Lord" by Jim Goodew .
  • Nov 26, 2017Christ Alone
    Nov 26, 2017
    Christ Alone
    "Christ Alone" by Jim Goodew. Released: 2017. Genre: Religious.
  • Nov 19, 2017Grace Alone
    Nov 19, 2017
    Grace Alone
    Series: Christmas
    "Grace Alone " by Jim Goodew.
  • Nov 12, 2017Becoming fishers of men
    Nov 12, 2017
    Becoming fishers of men
    "Becoming fishers of men" by Jeff Kellerman.
  • Nov 5, 2017Faith Alone
    Nov 5, 2017
    Faith Alone
    "Faith Alone " by Jim Goodew.



Jul 16, 2017
2017-07-16 Andrew Gonnerman – The Reluctant Missionary – Jonah
"2017-07-16 Andrew Gonnerman - The Reluctant Missionary - Jonah".
  • Jul 16, 20172017-07-16 Andrew Gonnerman – The Reluctant Missionary – Jonah
    Jul 16, 2017
    2017-07-16 Andrew Gonnerman – The Reluctant Missionary – Jonah
    "2017-07-16 Andrew Gonnerman - The Reluctant Missionary - Jonah".
  • Mar 5, 20172017-3-5 Darrell Friar – I Peter
    Mar 5, 2017
    2017-3-5 Darrell Friar – I Peter
    "2017-3-5 Darrell Friar - I Peter".
  • Feb 5, 20172017-2-5 LukeSnell – Mark 8
    Feb 5, 2017
    2017-2-5 LukeSnell – Mark 8
    "2017-2-5 LukeSnell - Mark 8".
  • Jan 8, 20172017-1-08-Ron-Hemsworth-Missionary-Acres
    Jan 8, 2017
  • Jul 10, 20162016-07-10 Ben Wooster
    Jul 10, 2016
    2016-07-10 Ben Wooster
    "2016-07-10 Ben Wooster".
  • Jun 26, 20162016-06-26 Tom Meyer 2 Peter
    Jun 26, 2016
    2016-06-26 Tom Meyer 2 Peter
    "2016-06-26 Tom Meyer - Sunday AM".
  • Jun 26, 20162016-06-26 Tom Meyer Bible Memorization
    Jun 26, 2016
    2016-06-26 Tom Meyer Bible Memorization
    "2016-06-26 Tom Meyer Sunday School".
  • Apr 24, 20162016-04-24 Stephen Hamilton Rightly Dividing the World of Truth – Ephesians 3 1-9
    Apr 24, 2016
    2016-04-24 Stephen Hamilton Rightly Dividing the World of Truth – Ephesians 3 1-9
    "2016-04-24 Stephen Hamilton Rightly Dividing the World of Truth - Ephesians 3 1-9".
  • Apr 17, 20162016-04-17 – Shawn Hamilton – The Great I Am – Hebrews 10
    Apr 17, 2016
    2016-04-17 – Shawn Hamilton – The Great I Am – Hebrews 10
    "2016-04-17 - Shawn Hamilton - The Great I Am - Hebrews 10".
  • Apr 10, 20162016-04-10 Jeff Kellerman – Perseverance Under Trial
    Apr 10, 2016
    2016-04-10 Jeff Kellerman – Perseverance Under Trial
    "2016-04-10 Jeff Kellerman - Perseverance Under Trial".

May 21, 2017
2017-05-21 Jim Goodew – People Need the lord
Series: Titus
"2017-05-21 Jim Goodew - People Need the lord".
  • May 21, 20172017-05-21 Jim Goodew – People Need the lord
    May 21, 2017
    2017-05-21 Jim Goodew – People Need the lord
    Series: Titus
    "2017-05-21 Jim Goodew - People Need the lord".
  • May 14, 20172017-05-14 Jim Goodew – Traits that make strong families
    May 14, 2017
    2017-05-14 Jim Goodew – Traits that make strong families
    Series: Titus
    "2017-05-14 Jim Goodew - Traits that make strong families".
  • May 7, 20172017-05-07 Jim Goodew – The Importance of Planning
    May 7, 2017
    2017-05-07 Jim Goodew – The Importance of Planning
    Series: Titus
    "2017-05-07 Jim Goodew - The Importance of Planning".
  • Apr 30, 20172017-4-30 Jim Goodew – Our Master’s Mission
    Apr 30, 2017
    2017-4-30 Jim Goodew – Our Master’s Mission
    Series: Titus
    "2017-4-30 Jim Goodew - Our Master's Mission".
  • Apr 23, 20172017-04-23 Jim Goodew – Helping or Hindering – Titus 3 10-15
    Apr 23, 2017
    2017-04-23 Jim Goodew – Helping or Hindering – Titus 3 10-15
    Series: Titus
    "2017-04-23 Jim Goodew - Helping or Hindering - Titus 3 10-15".
  • Apr 9, 20172017-04-09 Jim Goodew – Dangers to Avoid – Titus 3 9
    Apr 9, 2017
    2017-04-09 Jim Goodew – Dangers to Avoid – Titus 3 9
    Series: Titus
    "2017-04-09 Jim Goodew - Dangers to Avoid - Titus 3 9".
  • Apr 2, 20172017-4-2 Jim Goodew – Pursuing the Profitable
    Apr 2, 2017
    2017-4-2 Jim Goodew – Pursuing the Profitable
    Series: Titus
    "2017-4-2 Jim Goodew - Pursuing the Profitable".
  • Mar 12, 20172017-03-12 Jim Goodew – New Creatures Titus 3 1-3
    Mar 12, 2017
    2017-03-12 Jim Goodew – New Creatures Titus 3 1-3
    Series: Titus
    "2017-03-12 Jim Goodew - New Creatures Titus 3 1-3".
  • Feb 26, 20172017-02-26 Jim Goodew – Submitting to the Hand of God
    Feb 26, 2017
    2017-02-26 Jim Goodew – Submitting to the Hand of God
    Series: Titus
    "2017-02-26 Jim Goodew - Submitting to the Hand of God".
  • Feb 19, 20172017-02-19 Jim Goodew – Living for Our Redeemer – Titus 2 14
    Feb 19, 2017
    2017-02-19 Jim Goodew – Living for Our Redeemer – Titus 2 14
    Series: Titus
    "2017-02-19 Jim Goodew - Living for Our Redeemer - Titus 2 14".

Ministries at Grace

Bible Studies

To aid in the learning process we have a graded Sunday School program and various Men’s and Women’s bible studies throughout the year. God’s Word is taught to everyone from the youngsters in the pre-school all the way up to our adults by godly men and women. Along with learning the Bible comes many opportunities for fellowship and close friendships being built which will last a lifetime.


 Our nursery workers make sure that the nursery is a safe and secure environment. We desire that each child enjoys their nursery experience and that parents are allowed to worship and serve without concern. All of our nursery workers have been background checked for your child’s safety. Nursery facilities are cleaned and inspected each week.

Children’s Ministries

We believe children are precious to the Lord. Therefore, we endeavor to provide loving, quality care and well-planned Bible learning activities to equip your children for their Christian walk. Our children’s ministry includes; Sunday School classes organized according to school class levels; On Wednesday evenings, we also provide classes for K4-12th Grade. In these classes, we seek to enrich and develop our children in the spiritual disciplines.

Youth Ministry

Our teens meet Wednesday evenings for Bible study and fellowship. Our youth attend various teen outings throughout the year. We provide opportunities for and encourage our teens to serve.

Women’s Ministries

Our Women’s Ministries emphasize women ministering to women. Fellowship events, bible studies, and personal accountability groups are available.

Men’s Ministries

Our Men’s Ministries emphasize growing godly leadership as we seek to learn how to be more effective in the home and workplace. Fellowship events, Bible studies, and personal accountability groups are available.

Counseling Ministry

God is good but life is hard.  We want to help people know God and the help He gives in the various hardships of life we all face.  Biblical counseling for families, couples, and individuals is provided by trained counselors free of charge by appointment.

Outreach Ministries

Grace Baptist Fellowship is serious about reaching the world with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are also active as a church in reaching our community for Christ.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of Grace Baptist Fellowship. In an age of widespread technology, we want to maximize the use of  technology to advance the word of God. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook page for additional church communication.


The usher team at Grace Baptist Fellowship fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services,  helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of men and youth whose ministry is integral to church life.

God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind

There are many people in our world who tell us that there are many ways to Heaven.  This should not be surprising.  Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, human beings have been making idols and creating false religions.  In essence, these are simply feeble attempts to create a god of man’s own liking.  Simply because we may want something to be true about the subject of man’s eternal destiny does not make it true.  Nor does the fact that we deny the real truth about the subject of man’s eternal destiny make it untrue.  The real question is, what does God say about the issue?  Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)  Are you trusting in a way to get to Heaven that is Biblically correct?  Are you sure about your eternal destiny?  Please take a moment to read about God’s wonderful plan of salvation for you.  This is the most important issue facing every human being.

Step 1 – God’s Love and His plan

God created us in His own image to be His friend and to experience a full life assured of his love, abundant and eternal.

Jesus said, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)

“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romans 5:1)

Since God planned for us to have peace and abundant life right now, why are most people not having this experience?

Step 2 – Our Problem: Separation from God     

God created us in His own image to have abundant (meaningful) life. He did not make us robots to automatically love and obey him, but he gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Adam was the first to exercise this freedom in a sinful way through his choice to disobey God in the Garden of Eden.  Because of that choice, he and all his offspring (including us) became separated from God.  Man is not only guilty before God because of who he is, a descendent of Adam, but also because of what he does, a violator of God’s perfect standard known as the Law of God.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“Therefore, just as ??through one man sin entered the world, and ?death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12).”

“…your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

On our own, there’s no way we can attain the perfection needed to bridge the gap to God. Through the ages, individuals have tried many ways…without success. Good works won’t do it…or religion…or money…or morality…or philosophy…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)

Step 3 – God’s Remedy: The Cross

Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died a sacrificial and substitutionary death on a Roman cross.  He had victory over death and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,…”  (I Peter 3:18)

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”             (I Timothy 2:5)

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us..”  (Romans 5:8)

Step 4 – Our Response: Faith and Repentance 

Faith involves believing, which means trust and commitment – acknowledging our sinfulness, trusting Christ’s forgiveness and submitting to His control of our life. Eternal, abundant life is a gift for us to receive and possess, not a product for us to earn.

Repentance means to make a complete change of one’s mind about a particular issue.  A change that involves not only one’s intellect, but also one’s volition or will.  Specifically, we must change our mind and agree with God about our own sinfulness and Christ’s perfect provision of forgiveness through His work on the cross.  We must reject the old belief system that sinfully rejected Christ, and completely embrace the new one, which has complete faith in Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”  (John 5:24)

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…”   (Acts 3:19)

Is there any reason why you shouldn’t cross over to God’s side and be certain of eternal life?

How to receive Christ:   

  1. Admit your need (I am a depraved sinner in need of a sinless Savior from my sinful condition).
  2. Turn from your sinful state of unbelief towards Christ’s sacrificial work on the Cross (Repent).
  3. Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ sacrificially died for you on the cross because of your sinful condition, and rose from the grave, securing complete victory over death for all who place their faith in Him. (By Faith – Believe in His death, burial, and resurrection).
  4. By faith, through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to be the Lord of your life and your one and only Savior from sin. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior of your life).

What next?

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:

  1. Maintain regular intake of the Bible to know Christ better.  (Allow God to communicate to you).
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.  (Reverently communicate with God).
  3. Tell others about your new faith in Christ.  (Communicate your faith to the world).
  4. Worship, fellowship and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is honored and preached. Our church would be privileged to serve you and help you to grow in your Christian life.
  5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others, as well as your obedience towards God.


(All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)

What we believe


The Scripture

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; that it was verbally and planarity inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.     


The True God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.


The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, sanctifies and helps the believer


The Devil or Satan

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.



We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race.


The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God), but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state. 



We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of God regarding sin; that His sacrifice was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree.


We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.  Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith.


The Church

We believe that a local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel.  We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men.  We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit.



Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show a solemn and beautiful emblem of our identification with the crucified, buried and risen Savior.


We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by a solemn self-examination.