Our Mission & Vision

The mission of GraceLife Ministries is to Build The Kingdom Together! That means we seek to become a church where everyone who attends participates in the collective effort to win souls by spreading the gospel message of God's boundless grace and His eternal love for all of humanity. We endeavor to glorify God by making disciples through the timely and relevant conveyance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked. Thus, it is through this orientation to preaching the gospel that God's ministry of revelation and reconciliation is carried out and supported. Additionally, we seek to glorify God through our worship as well as our outreach to the lost. Consequently, GraceLife Ministries seeks to remain oriented around the clear teachings of God's word, and to continually glorify of God in all that we do. The mission of the Church is clearly highlighted in the scripture: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ! (2 Corinthians 5: 20) and at GraceLife, this mission is best displayed in our people, who daily live out the Gospel as the scriptures prescribe and to the degree that the Holy Spirit empowers them to.

Our Values

Reconciliation with God

Here at GraceLife we believe the glory of God is only experienced through an intimate knowing and enjoying God for His nature and His character.

We believe that the gospel exposes people to the grace of God that was brought to us by Jesus Christ. Therefore, we desire to be a church that is centered upon this gospel and to remain reconciled to God through Christ. We preach the grace of Jesus Christ unapologetically because it is God’s grace that not only saves us, it trains us to be holy as well (Titus 2:11-12). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can now be reconciled to God. Our mission is to preach the good news of this gospel unapologetically to the world.

Reconciliation with Others

The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong! The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people. Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not necessarily a completely individual or private relationship. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community and to be involved in a close intimate, personal relationship not only with with God Himself but with others as well.

Here at GraceLife Ministries reconciliation with others means living together as a Christ centered community which is a dramatic departure from the culture of today that practices a mere attendance and casual involvement with the church. Our beliefs stand in stark contrast to such notions and, by contrast, involve: mutual love, care, consistency, and authenticity as we seek to adorn the person and work of Christ in, and with, the way we live our lives.

Our 21 Core Beliefs

Our 21 Core Beliefs are the beliefs and concepts that our church GraceLife Ministries (GLM) was founded on and continues to revolve around today. Consequently, they color the culture and personality of our church. In short, they define us. They distinguish us from all other churches. Our 21 Core Beliefs are our deepest values. They are those things that no one will ever be able to change about us when they come in to our church from the world, or from another church. They are things that we can never change, modify, exchange, alter, or just do away with. As we shall soon see, Our 21 Core Beliefs are the distilled essence of a number of scriptures, they are also a product of our theology, and they shape our operating philosophy and steer our actions. 

Personal Beliefs

Church Beliefs

Ministry Beliefs

Our Pastor

Ray Shackelford

Founding & Senior Pastor


Our Band

Ray Shackelford

Vocalist & Guitar

Shelley Bell


Jacob Cooke


Trenton Sigafoose


Get in Touch

We would love to meet you at one of our services! You can also feel free to contact us using the information below.

Service Times

Sunday Mornings

10:00 am



3665 Roosevelt Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35235