In 1999, Redeemer Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Rev. Tim Keller, planted its first daughter church across the Hudson River in Teaneck and in Hoboken. This multi-site church model was ahead of its time, and enabled two congregations to be birthed at the same time. Within the first few years, the new church started its own daughter church in Montclair, NJ, continuing the pattern of church planting. In 2004, after a season of uncertainty, Grace Redeemer Church hired Peter Wang to be the new Senior Pastor.
At the time, the young church met for worship in rented space at Fairleigh Dickinson University. During this period, church attendance grew steadily and GRC became a self-governing body of believers within the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In 2008, GRC moved into new facility at Galway Place in Teaneck, expanding to two worship services with a Sunday School hour in between. A year later, the congregation sent its Assistant Pastor—along with a number of families—to plant a second daughter church, this time in Nanuet, NY.
As more individuals and families made Grace Redeemer their church home, GRC augmented its staff and broadened the scope of its ministries. Soon enough, the congregation outgrew its Teaneck facility, and prayed for God’s direction as to its future. The answer came in 2017, with the purchase of 21 Harristown Road in Glen Rock. After many months of adapting the building for the work of the Kingdom, GRC now occupies this unique and God-ordained space.
From passionate biblical worship and age-appropriate Christian education on Sundays to Growth Group fellowships and compassionate outreach during the week, GRC is a missions-minded church that seeks to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Northern NJ and to the ends of the earth.