Our Heritage

The heritage of GWC is rooted in “The Restoration Movement” which began in the early 1800’s in America.

At that time, American Christians were divided by a variety of denominations and organizational structures. Many ministers and church members had become dissatisfied with this disunity. In response, they began to take the Bible alone as the sole authority for believers and this launched a movement of independent Bible-based churches. These congregations historically were known simply as Christian Churches or Churches of Christ.

Restoration churches have inspired missionary movements and started new churches in the U.S. and around the world. Globally, there are more than 10,000 independent congregations that trace their roots to The Restoration Movement.

Though we greatly value our independence, we do – at times – voluntarily partner with other congregations on projects too large for a single church. Supporting missionaries, funding colleges that train young men and women for ministry, and starting new churches are just a few of the ministry areas where we often collaborate.