Our  Story

How it all started...

Terry and Jan Whitley were the Founding Pastors of Grace Christian Center. The church was birthed on June 15th of 1980 with a small but devoted group of people who met at Bellaire Elementary School in Killeen, Texas. The foundation of the church was comprised of three clear directives, which was to be a: Family church, a Training and Teaching Center, and a Global Outreach Center with a focus on supporting international missionary work.

With Grace being established in close proximity to the Fort Hood Army installation, Pastor Terry received a revelation from God that the church would train and equip military families with the principles found in the Bible. When those soldiers would relocate due to receiving new orders from the military, the Lord ensured Pastor Terry that He was utilizing the ministry to “train up missionaries and deploy them all over the world on Uncle Sam’s tab.” A strong emphasis has always been placed on not only winning souls for Christ, but subsequently equipping believers to become devoted disciples that are flourishing in their gifting and in their sphere of influence to which God has called them.


For over 40 years, we’ve continued to reach the lost for Christ, partner with local organizations to help affect positive change within Killeen and the surrounding communities,
and witness other countries being greatly impacted by the missionaries that we’ve supported.

How do I get involved?

As Christians, we are to model our lives after Jesus, and in Mark 10:45 we see that Jesus came to serve. Throughout the New Testament we see examples of Jesus showing His love for people through service. Our goal is to show the Greater Killeen area the love of God by serving the city and surrounding areas with no strings attached. We believe we are called to serve this community.

At Charis, we serve and partner with different programs and organizations in our community to equip leaders, restore healthy families and support people in crisis. We believe we are called to make an impact in this community. We invite you to join us in serving and reaching out to our city and this region with the love of Christ.

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