About

On behalf of the leadership and saints of Twin Cities Grace Fellowship we thank you for your interest in Twin Cities Grace Fellowship.  We believe wholeheartedly this is the Lord Jesus Christ's ministry.  Our desire reflects that of God's in that we want all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Therefore, our vision is two-fold with various ministries to carry out God's will. First, God through His Word, has given to us a clear gospel of grace to share with the world in order that they may believe and be justified unto eternal life. Secondly, God has provided His Word which we study rightly divided and properly for the edification of all those that care to hear.  Although the scriptures have many similarities throughout time, there are also differences that we need to keep separate. These necessary divisions clear up most confusion. God not only wants you to know His Word rightly divided and properly, but also the doctrine unto godly edification. God provides this in Paul's epistles in a very structured manner to conform you to the image of Christ by thinking the way He thinks, living the way He lives, and laboring with Him in all the various operations He has today.


We invite you to learn more about us by this website and to come out and fellowship with us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. If you have any Bible questions feel free to email Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher of Twin Cities Grace Fellowship. We look forward to being "helpers of your joy".


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • We meet at Lake Vadnais Church
  • Expect warm, welcoming Bible believers.
  • Expect people to be dressed from suits to casual.  
  • Expect an environment to learn the Bible.
  • Expect to be engaged in the Bible and learn it in a detailed manner.
  • Expect to be engaged with power-point presentations, as well as, charts at times.
  • Expect to hear and sing old and new hymns that carry forth God's Word and His doctrine in song.
  • Expect to hear about an hour of Bible teaching per service.
  • Expect to be provided with resources to help you at home.

History

Twin Cities Grace Fellowship (TCGF) began over 12 years ago as two small house churches joining together. They gathered over the week to study the scriptures "rightly divided" and desired a pastor to lead them.


Duane Gallentine of Centuria, Wisconsin took on that role for many years. Eventually, Pastor Ron Knight came from Illinois where he attended Grace School of the Bible.  Ron came to teach and preach to the saints of once Heavenly Hope Bible Church. Duane and Ron labored together in the teaching/preaching duties for many years. Duane taught Thursday nights and Ron taught Sunday mornings.


In 2008 Josh Strelecki began to be implemented in the teaching/preaching rotation. Duane stopped teaching on Thursday's to focus on his assembly in Centuria, Wisconsin. Ron took over Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Josh began to preach every first Sunday of the month and fill in for Ron when gone or necessary.


In July of 2011 Ron and Krista Knight and their daughter decided to move to Sacramento California, as well as, begin a local assembly: Northern California Grace Fellowship. Josh Strelecki took over the teaching/preaching duties at that time and is presently the pastor-teacher of Twin Cities Grace Fellowship.


Twin Cities Grace Fellowship is an assembly of believers with a unquenchable desire for the Bible. Above all  TCGF wants to know God through His Son as found and learned from the scriptures.  Then from that sound understanding live godly in this present evil world.  TCGF is assembly that honestly deals with God's Word and wants to lovely and graciously share the glorious truths of His Word to others.  


In August of 2018 TCGF went from gathering in the lower level (fancy word for basement) of Lake Vadnais Church to gathering in the main assembly for all three of our services.  TCGF has been able to use the extra space with steady growth in members.

What We Teach

Doctrinal Statement.pdf

THE BIBLE

The Holy Bible is the Word of God, written.  It is only through the Bible and the ministry of the Holy Spirit that we come to know the Living Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Bible is the Holy, Verbally-Inspired, Perfect, Inerrant, Infallible, Eternal, Unchangeable Word of the Living God, and the only Authority for faith and practice.  [2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21; Psalm 12:6-7; Romans 3:4]


We believe and hold that God’s design, particularly in our Dispensation of Grace, is to have all people, without distinction, have His inspired Word in written form in their native tongue.  Inspiration first, then preservation of what was inspired, and an accurate translation.  We believe and hold that what God breathed and preserved in the original languages has been accurately translated without error for the English speaking people in the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible.


We believe that the King James Version of the Holy Word of God is, in a non-technical sense, inspired when honorably translated from the uncorrupted manuscripts.  The issue is from where the KJV was translated, i.e. which family of manuscripts have God’s inspiration and preservation evident within its pages so they may be translated for the English speaking people.


We believe and hold that the New Testament of the KJV is the only English translation on the market today that is reliably translated from the inspired and preserved Greek manuscript commonly known as the Textus Receptus, also known as the Traditional, Received, Antiochian or Syrian Text.


We know and teach that with all other versions of the New Testament being based upon the corrupt critical family of manuscripts, commonly known as the Westcott and Hort Greek Text, are to be rejected along with their variant readings in the English.  Doctors Brook Foss Westcott [1825-1903] and Fenton Jon Anthony Hort [1828-1892] created the critical Greek text based upon ancient Greek manuscripts which are known as the Alexandria, Egyptian, Local, Hesychian or Minority Text, including the Sinaiticus and the Vaticanus Text.  Westcott and Hort’s Greek text has for the past 100+ years been the critical text from which all other versions of the New Testament are based, including the Jehovah Witness’s New World Translation and the New King James Bible.  All other English versions hold kindredship in advancing corruption of the very Word of God.


When holding the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible we have the Word of God in a one book form for the English speaking people.

 

THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

There is one God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Not a trinity, but a triune Godhead.  [Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21, 22; 1 Corinthians 8:4, 6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 13:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14]

 

THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and is True God and True Man.  [Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:6-9; Romans 1:3-4; John 1:1-2, 14]

 

TOTAL DEPRAVITY

All men by nature are dead in trespasses and sins and are, therefore, totally unable, by their own wisdom or strength, to do anything pleasing to God.  Being unable is not the same as being unwilling. [Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-20]

 

SALVATION/JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE

God justifies ungodly sinners by His Grace upon the ground of the blood of Jesus Christ through the means of faith.  This complete salvation is bestowed as the free gift of God apart from man’s works.  The exercising of faith, taking God as His Word, is not a work.  Faith is a non-meritorious response.  All the merit goes to the object of faith (Christ’s Crosswork) not the subject (you).  Faith is the only thing compatible with God’s grace and justice.  [Romans 3:24-28; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9; Titus 3:5]

 

ETERNAL SECURITY

All members of the One Body of Christ are eternally secure IN CHRIST and cannot, by any means or any one, be removed from their position in Christ and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.  Once a person believes the gospel of the grace of God they are justified unto eternal life, which is irrevocable. [Colossians 3:1-4; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:1, 29-34, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:11-13]

 

PERSONALITY AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a Person of the triune Godhead, Who convicts the world of sin and Who regenerates, baptizes, dwells, enlightens, empowers and seals believers of the Gospel of the Grace of God.  [John 16:8; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 17-18; 3:16-20; 4:30]

 

THE CHURCH THE BODY OF CHRIST/THE PRESENT DISPENSATION OF GRACE

In the present dispensation there is only ONE true Church, which is called the Body of Christ separate and distinct from the prophesied, earthly kingdom of Christ vested in redeemed National Israel as a called-out nation or church, assembly or congregation, above all other nations.

The historical beginning of this One Church, the Body of Christ, began with the Apostle Paul before he wrote his first epistles.  [1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:6; 4:4; Romans 12:4-5; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41-47; 7:3; Galatians 6:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16, cf. Acts 13:45-46; Philippians 1:5-6, cf. Acts 16; 1 Corinthians 12:13 & 27, cf. Acts 18; 1 Timothy 1:14-16]


THE OFFICES WITHIN THE CHURCH

Presently, and until the catching away of the One Body, there are various offices in the Body of Christ Church.  Many of these offices were once filled by believers with spiritual gifts, but now are filled by the effectual working of God’s word working in the believer.  Some of the offices no longer exist, but others do.  The offices that do exist are chosen to be occupied by the individual believer exercising their sonship liberty to participate in the local expression of the Body of Christ Church.  Fundamentally, these offices are categorized in two categories: edificational offices and practical need offices.   Men who hold fast the faithful word as taught by the Apostle Paul hold these edificational offices.  [1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5-9]  The saints at large have the privilege of holding and functioning in the practical need offices to sustain the local assembly and maintain orderliness and soundness therein.

The 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 4:11 gifts that God gave unto men have all ceased.  Those gifts unto men are no longer necessary nor a prerequisite for serving Christ since God gave all Scriptures to be studied rightly divided with the Scriptures now possessing and performing that which formerly resided within the gifts God gave, which was for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  [Ephesians 4:13; 1 Timothy 4:6-13; 2 Timothy 2:15-21; 3:16; 4:13]

 

GIFTS

The greatest gift is the gift of eternal life.  All the sign gifts of the Acts period, such as tongues, including the spiritual gifts of prophecy, and healing, being temporary in character, have ceased, failed, and vanished and are presently not being operated by the Creator God.  Therefore, the Body of Christ should not seek such charismatic renewal experiences, but follow after charity and excel to edifying; for now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.  [1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 13:9-13; 14:1; Ephesians 4:15-16; Galatians 5:13]

 

WALK

By reason of Christ’s victory over sin and of His dwelling Spirit, all of the members of His Body may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin by obedience to Romans 6:11, but we deny that man’s nature of sin is ever eradicated during this life.  As saints (Lit., set-apart ones) and member of the true Church (Lit., called-out ones) we are to demonstrate obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and love to all men.  [Romans 6:6-14; 8:37; 12:1-2, 9-14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 10:2-5; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; 1 Timothy 6:20-21; Titus 3:10]

 

MARRIAGE

We believe the marriage relationship was ordained by God in the garden when He instituted the first marriage between one man (Adam) and one woman (Eve) and thus set the pattern for the institution of marriage.  Any other kind of relationship that is not joined together in matrimony between one man and one woman is not God’s design for marriage.   

 

BAPTISM

In the present Dispensation of the Grace of God all believers of the Gospel of the Grace of God have been made members of the Body of Christ by the One Divine Baptism.  All members are united, being members one of another.  By this One baptism, every member of the Body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  In light of the statement concerning the one baptism in Ephesians 4:5, the statements concerning baptism in Colossians 2:12 and Romans 6:3-6, and Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that, “…Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel…”, we conclude that water baptism has no place in God’s spiritual program for the Body of Christ in the Dispensation of Grace.  [1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-28; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:5]

 

THE LORD’S TABLE

We believe “the Lord’s table” is to be commemorated on a regular basis in this dispensation of God’s grace as we are “able ministers of the new testament” and partakers of the spiritual things of the New Testament.  Therefore the order of the communion of 1 Corinthians 11:17:34 is to be followed as Paul “received of the Lord that which he also delivered” unto us as members of the body of Christ; this is done “in remembrance” of the perfect sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ in complete payment of the debt and penalty of our sins, and this is done in a deep understanding and appreciation that we do “shew the Lord’s death till He come”.  Hence, we have the honour and privilege of making an impact by displaying or shewing to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places” “the Lord’s death” on a regular basis.  This “open shew” is made on a continual basis when a church gathers together and participates in the Lord’s Table.  This “open shew” manifests what they thought was their greatest moment of glory and wisdom was really their ultimate demise, for God caught them in their craftiness when they crucified the Lord of glory.  [1 Cor. 2:7-8; 11:17-34; 2 Cor. 3:6; Col. 2:15] 

 

THE RESURRECTION

Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead.  Therefore, all men will have a bodily resurrection: the saved to everlasting glory and the unsaved to everlasting punishment.  [Luke 24:39-43; 1 Corinthians 15:21; Acts 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-15]

 

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

The rapture of the Church which is His Body is pre-tribulation, and the second coming of Christ will be pre-millennial.  He will come first to receive the members of His body to Himself before the seven-year Tribulation.  Then after the seven-year Tribulation, to receive His millennial Kingdom, over which he will reign on the earth for 1,000 years.  Due to the Mystery of Christ and the nature of the Body of Christ Church with its resurrection at Christ’s appearance in the air/clouds, this catching away or rapture will take place before the seven-year Tribulation.  The resurrection of the other saved will occur after the Tribulation.  [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; Zechariah 14:4, 9; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6, 12-15; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-31; Titus 2:13-14; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53]

 

STATE OF THE DEAD

Nowhere does the Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead, but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering.  The teachings of universalism, of probation after death, of annihilation of the unsaved dead, and of the unconscious state of the dead, saved or unsaved, are opposed by us being thoroughly unscriptural and dangerous doctrines.  [Luke 16:23-28; Revelation 14:11; 20:14-15; Isaiah 66:22-24; Colossians 3:6; Romans 1:21-32; 2:8-8, 16; John 3:36; Philippians 1:23; 3:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8]

 

MISSION

The primary objective of the mission of the church is to execute the Heavenly Father’s will as expressed in 1 Timothy 2:4….get sinners saved and educate the believer in the full-knowledge of the truth.  We do so by preaching Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery.  That distinct message which Paul the Apostle calls “my gospel” also called the Gospel of the Grace of God has a built in edification process that conforms us to the image of Christ and prepares us for our vocation of the new creature in the life to come.  [2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Romans 11:13; 15:14, 16-18; 16:25; Ephesians 3:3-9; 4:12-16; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 1:11-16; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 4:2; Acts 20:24, 32; 28:31; Galatians 1:8-9; 2:7; Colossians 1:28]

Elders & Deacons

  • Lee Michaels

    Elder


  • Carl Blackwell

    Elder-teacher/Body Group Leader/Treasurer


  • Tom Krantz

    Deacon


  • Craig Cain

    Deacon


  • Mike Finnegan

    Elder/body Group Leader


  • dirk peterson

    elder-teacher/Body Group Leader


  • Josh Strelecki, Elder/Pastor-Teacher