To transform our neighborhoods, the generations, and the nations through Jesus Christ.
Our mission strategy can be summed up in 3 words:
together in united worship and teaching
in relationship as we follow Jesus
to unleash compassion and share with others
In 1950, several men began a survey in the Lone Star area of New Albany, and the results of that survey led to renting a former donut shop on Charlestown Road for church services. Beechmont Baptist Church in Louisville assumed sponsorship of Graceland Baptist Church Mission in 1952 and acquired property on Charlestown Road for the mission. In 1953, two portable buildings were erected.
Pastor Elvis Marcum came in 1963 to a mission which was in a state of despair. There was little hope for a dynamic witness because of the heavy debt, struggling leadership, and lack of recognition in the community.
1967 saw Graceland stepping out to attempt great things in the name of the Lord and seeing the impossible happen. The church had a vision for the city and began to reach across New Albany. The pressures of overcrowded services and Charlestown Road traffic jams gave birth to the Abundant Life Community in 1976.
The church purchased 80 acres off of Kamer Miller Road and built a new worship center.
What was once a dream began to expand into a school, prayer chapel, bookstore, swimming pool, bus barn, retreat center, and retreat lodge with motel-like rooms and a counseling center.
The original sanctuary was damaged in 1999 when the roof collapsed due to an ice storm. After 18 months of construction, the new Worship Center was completed. In 2005, a three-year capital stewardship program, called Next Step, was started that allowed for the construction and renovation of a new state-of-the-art children’s and youth facility. The property also includes a sportsplex that was completed in 2013 for the Recreation Ministry’s baseball and soccer programs. Graceland’s heart for outreach continues to grow.