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Grace Bible Chapel


Jim and Jean serve the Lord at Grace Bible Chapel, located in Blossom Valley, San Jose, in the southern part of Silicon Valley, California. It's history goes back to the 1950's when the Santa Clara Valley began a dramatic transformation from an agricultural setting to a center of technology and electronic manufacturing. Opportunities in employment and education drew people from around the country. Among them were six young Christian families from Southern California. They shared common convictions concerning Christ’s design for the church, how it was to be governed, how Christians should worship, and the importance of teaching directly from the Scriptures. Desiring to live out their faith, they began to meet together in 1956 as a church, calling themselves the San Jose Gospel Chapel. Within two years the congregation's growth prompted a move to rented quarters at the American Legion Hall in Los Gatos. In 1962 they moved to larger quarters in the Willow Glen region of San Jose. The following year they purchased property in Cupertino and made plans to construct a church building. Upon completion they renamed the ministry Hillview Bible Chapel. In order to accommodate further growth, in 1997 the elders of Hillview Bible Chapel made plans to establish a second church. Several families in fellowship at Hillview lived in San Jose and a Bible study was already well established in the Blossom Valley section of the city. And so on September 19, 1999, about 90 adults and children began meeting on Sundays in an unused school on Calero Avenue. Since then it has developed into an independent church with its own elders, deacons, and various ministries. To learn more about Grace Bible Chapel, visit the church website at To learn more about the church instituted by Christ, go What is the church?