Our beliefs

We are giving ourselves to God’s reconciliation of all things through creating communities and starting services.


Grace Church Exeter is made up of people from many denominations and experiences. We are a local church that believes in the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Bible. We uphold the historic, orthodox Christian faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed and the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.


We believe God the Father reveals himself in person, through his Son. We believe that Jesus shows us what God in heaven is like and that Jesus loved us and gave himself up for us. He took our place in death and was raised to new life that we too might be raised with Him. He is the message of the Bible.


We believe each person is uniquely made in the image of God. Each person has their own story, gifts, hopes and hurts. We believe that God meets us where we are and leads us forward. We seek to help each other discover our new identity in Christ, process our past in a healthy way and deepen our relationship with God.


Jesus calls his followers to love people where they are, without judgment or prejudice, including followers and enemies. We therefore believe that His love speaks into our unique circumstances and situations today both within the church community and in the city around us.


We believe in a spiritual reality as taught in the Scripture. The Holy Spirit fills His people and brings us into relationship with the Father as adopted sons and daughters in God’s family. The Spirit helps us to change and live a fruitful life and oppose evil in the world in many forms. We see the benefit of prayer and see this as central to a life of faith.


We believe creation is a gift from God for us to steward in faith. We seek to use all we have – our possessions, bodies, finances, clothing and waste as ways to honour God and to love others both locally and globally. We anticipate God restoring his creation and take seriously that he has entrusted it to us as we do this.

The story so far

We are a church that cares about our city and sharing life together. Some of us are working in education, business, law, retail, coffee shops and charities. Others are studying, retired or raising children.

We began life as Frontiers Church Exeter in 2003 when Andy and Jane Arscott moved to the city to start a Newfrontiers church.

As in any family, we have seen lots of change, with many people joining us and something of a baby boom. We are predominantly made up of students, 20s and 30s, with many children and a number of wise older members.

We have met in various venues around the city as we have grown and have needed different places to meet. We believe that church is about people, not buildings, but have enjoyed using The Maynard School, Magdalen Court School, and most recently The Hall and Isca School for our Sunday gatherings.

In 2012, Andy handed the leadership of the church to Stu Alred, an Exeter University graduate and former Exeter Chiefs rugby player.

In 2014, we officially became Grace Church Exeter. Our name is an expression of our central message of God’s grace towards all people and marks the start of a new chapter for us as a church.

We’d love you to join us as we explore, experience and express the Christian faith together.

Leadership Family

Our friends

We are thankful for friends and partners from various parts of the wider church in the UK. We partner with the Commission family of churches. Mick and Val Taylor have been wonderful friends of our church – visiting, teaching and encouraging us from their many years of pastoral ministry. We are delighted that Mick has recently joined the Staff Team.

Matt Partridge from Emmanuel Church Oxford has cared for and supported us for a number of years. We also particularly appreciate working with David Stroud and his team at Christ Church London. We have worked with Steve and Helen from Bespoke who have helped us grow in prayer ministry. We are also enjoying creative dialogue with Care for the Family, Faith in Kids and SWYM as we look to the future.

Stu is Senior Pastor of Grace Church and has completed a Masters in Theology at Trinity College Bristol. Scott Pannell is our Operations Pastor and receives guidance from Christ Church London as he leads our STEPS courses.

Vision – Family, Recovery, Facility

As we discern God’s heart and join in with his work, we at Grace Church will be focussing on three areas over the next three years. They can be summarised as: Recovery, Family, Facility


Recovery: The global pandemic has caused loss and suffering for many. Before we ‘rebuild’ we want to be attentive to God’s heart and call to those who have especially suffered.

Family: God has blessed us with many families and children. We want to be a church where faith is passed on well and we flourish together as we raise our children.

Facility: A place of prayer, ministry and equipping which we own has long been a dream of ours. We seek a midweek facility to enable blessing to flow from our community while wisely investing resources in property for future generations.

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