Grace Baptist Church

About Us

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Our Story

Grace Baptist started as a Bible study for college students at the University of South Dakota (USD) in 1978 and soon grew to become Grace Baptist Church, a diverse community of people who loves, serves, and is a part of the entire Vermillion community. Staying true to our roots, we continue to serve the USD community as well, through Equip Campus Ministries.


Steve Ford, Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve has served as Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist church since 2006. His passion is teaching God’s word and encouraging anyone who wants to grow closer to God. Steve and his wife, Pam are the parents of 8 children: Sam, Lydia, Joe, Hannah, Nathan, Jacob, Becca, and Suki, and the grandparents of Paige, Pearl, Ruthie, and another due to arrive in summer of 2019!

Pastor Steve would love to hear from you. To contact Pastor Steve directly, his email address is

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Brandon Pederson, Collegiate Pastor

Brandon joined the Grace family as Collegiate Ministry Pastor in July of 2016. Brandon coordinates our ministry to USD students and oversees our on-campus student ministry organization, Equip. Brandon and his wife, Erin have 5 children: Noah, Jonny, Abby, and Sam, and Jael.

What We Believe


We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. As part of God’s universal church, we seek to help people know and obey Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.


Salvation is God’s deliverance of people from His wrath through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of mankind has rebelled against God and is condemned to eternal death and separation from Him. Jesus, God’s Son, was sent to die in the place of condemned sinners to make it possible for them to be brought back into a right relationship with their Creator. Through faith in Jesus, who was raised from the dead, people can experience God’s forgiveness and have hope of eternal life with Him.


We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, with supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man and is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth – without any mixture of error – for its matter. All Scripture is a testimony to Jesus Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

The Baptist Faith and Message is adopted as out full doctrinal statement and can be accessed using the following link.



GBC partners in ministry across the street and around the globe


Southern Baptist Convention


GBC is affiliated with the Siouxland, Dakota, and Southern Baptist Conventions.

North American Mission Board

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is the domestic missions agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.

International Missions Board


The International Mission Board is a Baptist Christian missionary society affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention