Liberty University affiliates have joined the growing Gospel Community Church (GCC) in serving the Lynchburg community. From administrative positions to deacons, students and alumni of Liberty have become an integral part of the church’s ministry. GCC strives to fulfill two distinct purposes — ministering to the community and teaching the gospel.
Liberty alumnus and current pastor of GCC, Andrew Moroz, graduated in 2009 with a master’s degree in divinity from Liberty and is currently pursuing a doctorate in ministry. Moroz took over as teaching pastor in March 2009, where he serves alongside Liberty alumnus and former resident director, Nathan Taylor, the church’s worship director.
GCC is growing and attendance is at about 100 during the semester. Recent growth allowed the church body to move from the original location, the Power Source room of the old Thomas Road Baptist Church, to the James River Conference Center in downtown Lynchburg.
“We view the change in location as a tremendous blessing that is opening up doors for us to reach the heart of Lynchburg,” said Liberty graduate student and deacon of GCC Joshua S. Murray.
GCC holds regular services on Sunday mornings, meets in small groups during the week, and serves the community in various ways on Saturdays. The volunteers take place in activities such as cutting grass, painting porches, cleaning and doing various projects in the community. The church has organized a Lynchburg city cleanup volunteer event where they focused on cleaning a large part of Florida Avenue.
Members of GCC, particularly Liberty students, enjoy the community outreach aspect of the ministry. Aside from the weekly volunteer efforts the church is involved with, GCC is sensitive to community needs year round and meet them as needed.
The efforts of their ministry are consistent with their message. “As we serve people, we keep the Gospel central and always tell people the difference the Gospel has made in our lives and how the Gospel can change theirs,” Moroz said.
“I believe a lot of students love GCC because it provides a real chance to build community and fellowship. We are continuing to pray that God would use us and help us build a diverse church body focused only on doing His will and not becoming complacent,” said Murray.