The members of Morgan Grace Fellowship are so excited about starting a new church in Morgan County.
“We believe that there is room in the county, as well as a need for a loving, living, growing, and giving group of people to come alongside our new friends in the community,” said Jeff Hurlbut, pastor. He continued, “The church’s vision is simple: we want to shine the light of Christ to the world around us.” In order to accomplish this goal, the church will focus on making connections in the community.
This goal was made evident before Morgan Grace Fellowship even opened their doors. The members jumped in and wrapped presents free of charge during the Christmas on Commercial Street celebration and were key volunteers in cleaning the buildings in preparation for the celebration.
Hurlbut commented that “First and foremost, our central focus is on connecting with God through a personal relationship with Jesus. This will be accomplished through our weekly Sunday morning celebration services, relevant community Bible studies, and individual and group prayer emphasis. This will also be accomplished through weekly celebration services, community Bible studies, and small group activities.” The fellowship will provide service opportunities, give leadership opportunities, provide mentoring and mission work, and will minister to children, youth, families and the elderly.
“With Jesus as our central focus and with the strength and encouragement we get from each other, we can begin to connect with our purpose. God created us, saved us and brought us together that we would glorify Him. Our responsibility is to be good stewards of what He has given us by discovering how we can live for Him to the fullest,” remarked Hurlbut.
Morgan Grace Fellowship is an evangelical Christian church connected with Southern Baptists. While they are blessed with this framework, they are not caught up in denominationalism in any way and look forward to worshiping with anyone who wishes to bring honor and praise to Jesus Christ.
Hurlbut said, “We are a great commission church that takes Christ’s command to ‘GO’ in Matthew 28:18-21 very seriously by supporting mission work through prayer, giving and going. Our mission field starts right here in Morgan County and spreads throughout our state country and world as laid out by Jesus in Acts 1:8.”
Morgan Grace Fellowship is located on 23 West 150 North in the Morgan Valley Plaza, which was formally The Lemon Tree behind the old Achieve Fitness.
Over the past year, members have been meeting in the pastor’s home, so they are thrilled to have more space that will allow their membership to grow.
Pastor Jeff Hurlbut is married to Shayla. They have four girls: Brittany, age 20, who attends college in Clinton, Miss.; Breanna, age 16, a junior at Morgan High; Brookelyn, age 14, an eighth-grader at Morgan Middle School; and Brylie, age 12, a sixth-grader at Morgan Middle School. The family has lived in Morgan since July 2011, moving from South Weber. Prior to moving to Utah in 2009, they lived in Western Oklahoma where Jeff had been a pastor, youth pastor, science teacher and coach over the past 20 years.
Hurlbut gushed, “We absolutely love the Morgan community. We are both from small rural towns and feel at home here. The people have been so kind, gracious and generous that we know we have found home. We look forward to the years ahead as our children grow up here and go through the school system and we bloom where God has planted us.”