Every Five Years…
In September of 1993, a small number of college students from Rutgers University began meeting at Chanyang Presbyterian Church (now known as Praise Presbyterian Church). Though the small band of students spoke some Korean, they were more comfortable with English. As a result, with the help of Chanyang, they formed an English-speaking college group. Though it was a college ministry, a vision for an independent English-speaking congregation was cast from the very beginning.
Five years later, in 1998, the college group ministry was renamed the English Congregation of Praise Presbyterian Church to more accurately reflect the growing age of its members which included not only college students, but also post-graduates, working professionals, and married couples with children.
Five years later, on September 28, 2003, with fifty or so members, the Eastern Korean Presbytery of the P.C. (USA) officially organized our congregation as an independent church, and we were officially named Praise Presbyterian Church (English Congregation).
Five years later, due to our increasing need to have our own facility, where we could meet, worship, and minister, on June 1, 2008, we rented New Destiny Family Worship Center for our Sunday morning worship services.
Five years later, in 2013, we changed our name to Graceway Presbyterian Church, a name that better characterizes and chronicles our faith journey and our desire as a community to follow the path of grace. In addition to the name change, the location for our Sunday worship services changed at the end of 2012 to our current location, the New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
It has been a journey of grace as college students graduated, got jobs in the area, married, settled down and started having children. Many children. What began as a college small group has grown into a church of mostly young families. With grateful anticipation, we look to God for all that he has in store for us in the next five years and the next 50 years after that!