Grace Community Church of Long Beach (GCCLB) was founded on July 1, 1975, as an independent, non-denominational Bible believing church.
The first service was held in the home of Jack Ostermann, one of its 4 original founders, and he served faithfully as their first pastor for 25 years. In the year 2000, Ed Crossett, one of elders, became GCCLB’s second pastor. He served GCCLB until 2013, at which time he retired and relocated with his wife Linda, to Virginia.
In January of 2014, Seymour Helligar became the senior pastor for GCCLB. With Grace Advance, a ministry under the leadership of Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Lance Quinn of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, an effort is being made to assist GCCLB through its current transition.
From the onset, GCCLB has been committed to verse-by-verse expository preaching, with a focus on a high view of God and Scripture. The local body of believers gather to worship, edify, and evangelize.