The Vision

Grace+Peace is a new church glorifying God by delighting in the gospel, belonging in community, and sacrificing for our world.

The Four Core Values of G+P:

We will worship in Word, Sacrament, and Spirit…

By joyfully delighting in the free grace of God in Christ Jesus.

By gathering around the richness of the Scriptures.

By worshiping in ways that are beautiful and emotionally expressive.

By inviting diverse people and cultures into the worship service.

We will be connected…

By helping people discover a deep sense of belonging to Christ and to one another.

By partnering with other churches and ministries.

By initiating in relationship to reach across socio-economic, cultural, and racial lines.

By pursuing a robust life of service to one another in the community because found people, find people.

We will warmly welcome…

By loving people in the power of the Holy Spirit.

By delighting in time together and having fun.

By being outward-facing and radically hospitable.

We will love the city as Jesus loves it…

By embracing its particular beauty and brokenness.

By affirming the positive aspects of culture.

By sacrificially serving the people and places of Chattanooga.

By partnering with other groups that are likewise seeking the good of Chattanooga.

The Plan

Fall 2018

We began a weekly Bible study focused on developing the mission of Grace+Peace through fellowship and prayer. This group has been for those discovering and dreaming about a new church. And it sought to include the faithful and the skeptical, the committed and the curious, gathering people from all the neighborhoods and communities of Ooltewah/Collegedale/Hamilton Place.

Spring 2019

We will gather with a developing core group for a weekly time to pray and plan for the establishment of a worshiping church. We will focus on equipping the core group to begin neighborhood-based, missional communities that will be the foundation of both outreach and life together at Grace+Peace.

Also, we will establish a concrete plan to launch public worship. To accomplish this, we will develop various ministry teams to prepare for a launch. Some teams will begin ministry even before a launch – youth, worship, women, men, hospitality, etc.

Late Spring or Fall 2019

Launch public worship. We will continue the equipping, growth, and development of missional communities and also continue the development of demographic ministries.

The Pastor

Benjie Slaton Pastor's family photo

Benjie and Natalie Slaton first discovered a love for Chattanooga as undergraduates working at camps on Lookout Mountain and have been returning ever since. They married after college and have served Jesus’ church in various places. Benjie has served as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Texas, and as a pastor in two churches in Austin and San Antonio. Both churches were recent church plants and sent out church plants. Seeing new churches born is something the Slatons love and have a passion to see happen here in Chattanooga.

The Slaton family brings a love for Chattanooga born out of years of travelling to the area for camp and friendships. So, Chattanooga has always felt like a home away from home. They have three children, two dogs and an unhealthy love for good tacos. The entire family is excited to live here and be a part of the work God is already doing in Chattanooga.