In November 2006, Bridgeman Baptist Community Church set apart Pastor Martin and Leanne Luke to commence a new congregation in the areas of Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron called The Grove Community Church. Around 50 adults and children from Bridgeman formed the core of the new work. The church officially commenced meeting on February 4, 2007 in the Ferny Grove High School Auditorium.
At the time of commencement, there were no churches in the rapidly growing suburbs of Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron. God gave us a vision from Isaiah 54:3, you’re going to resettle abandoned cities. This verse became our calling to see a church permanently established in these two suburbs as a place of hope, life and restoration to individuals and families in our community.
In November 2011 The Grove reached a significant milestone and constituted as a Baptist church. Ten minutes before the special constitution service began, Rev Martin Luke received a phone call informing The Grove that their offer on a property for the church had been accepted. In a single day the Lord put his seal on The Grove as his church in his location.
In February 2012, The Grove settled on the two-and-a-half-acre property at 131 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove. The large house became a base for ministry and a manse. In October 2012 The Grove moved their 9.30AM Sunday services to Ferny Grove Primary school hall where they currently meet each week.
In December 2016, The Grove lodged a development application with the Brisbane City Council to build a 400 seat worship and ministry centre at 131 Upper Kedron Road. The facility will be the first of its kind in Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron and includes a whole floor dedicated as a youth and children’s centre.
In October 2018, the development application was approved, and in November 2019 The Grove have commenced construction of the new church facility. We look forward to the opening of the church in around September 2020.
You are welcome to come and be part of this amazing God story thats unfolding.