Stephen Partain

Grace Community Church, Louisiana
Lead Church Planter
New Orleans Louisiana
Grace Community Church
May 26

About My Family

Stephen and his wife, Morgan, have been married for seven years and have three beautiful girls: Ava, Rylie and Liv. They both were born and raised in northern Louisiana and love serving in the city that has their heart—New Orleans.

Over the past several years, Stephen and Morgan have felt a call to plant a church in a diverse, urban context. While attending seminary in the city, Stephen and Morgan began to feel an ever-growing sense that this call to church planting was connected to a specific place in their home state, New Orleans. They have spent the past three years serving as church planter apprentices in preparation for this very task.

In the summer of 2017, they moved to the city and began the work of sharing the love of Christ with their neighborhood.

About My Church Plant

Grace Community Church is a replant in the Bywater and Upper 9th Ward area of New Orleans in partnership with Canal Street Church. We are committed to tangible, neighborhood expressions of the good news of Jesus. Currently we are completing repairs and renovations on our building in order to prepare for the upcoming re-launch of services in early 2019. God is bringing together a diverse core team that understands and is focused on loving our city and sharing Christ in meaningful ways.

The Bywater and Upper 9th Ward are home to a variety of diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, spiritual beliefs and economic situations. We love our neighborhood and want to see it become more like the kingdom of God Jesus talks about in Luke 4—Proclaiming good news to the poor, liberty to the captives, sight to the blind and liberty to the oppressed.

NAMB Church Planting

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For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


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Fund ID: K613D7-Partain,Steph