Grace Baptist Church

 Dansville, NY



Stacie Gibson is Matt's wife, a mother of 4, a busy homemaker and home-educator in addition to being a certified ACBC counselor.  She is a guest blogger at Biblical Counseling for Women.

Barb Leaman is a children's Sunday School teacher and a teacher's aide for the Hornell Jr and Sr. High Schools.  She is wife to Glenn and mother to an adult daughter.

Dave Theobald
is the preaching and teaching elder at Grace Baptist Church.  He is married to Jamie and has two sons, Job and Jonathan.

Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 3 energetic kids.  

Ustad ("teacher," in local dialect) is a global partner of GBC, who shares stories and perspectives from the field, for our encouragement and to help orient us on things eternal. 

Grace Notes Blog Posts


Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

A Prayer for the Church in a Time of Crisis

"Because we're faithful Muslims, we won't be effected by this disease," 
was the perspective of several of our neighbors... in the days before 
Iran became the second most impacted country and more and more cases are 
being reported locally. Now people go about their business with a mix of 
concern and helpless resignation to whatever fate may be coming.

Away from Home for Christmas

In our living room hangs a picture of a log cabin in a snow-swept landscape against the backdrop of majestic mountains beside a gentle brook. It is one of my "happy places," the picture of serenity and nostalgic winter beauty, and I sometimes gaze at it in all of its contrasts to life in a smoggy Central Asian mega-city and think what a pleasant place it would be to spend an afternoon. Remote, self-sufficient kinds of settings have always held a certain "homey" attraction for me, reminders of the rural stomping-grounds of my childhood. This time of year in particular, a large part of our hearts yearns to be near the familiar, pleasant, and comforting; to be "home for Christmas," whatever home means for each of us. As we connect with gathered family over the internet, there is an ache experienced in us and them.

An Extraordinary Tale

The airport in the capital city of our adopted country is an interesting place to meet a certain brand of foreigner traveler: contractors, diplomats and para-military, normally single and alone, attracted by the high salaries or adventurous experiences offered here. "Milo" (not his real name) sat down next to a colleague and myself while we were waiting to board the next flight. I was tired and ready for a break, not in the mood for conversations with strangers. But God had an appointment lined up.

A Gift For All People

By Ustad

For the past few years we've been celebrating Christmas mainly with non-Christians, and having fun doing it!

It seems a little abnormal.  After all, the other religions have their holidays, and we have ours.  Don't Christmas and Christian belong together? Christmas can be a great time for outreach, churches often agree, but mainly this involves rounding up a few prodigals--cultural Christians who come around on Easter and Christmas--and inviting them to our programs, rather than truly taking Christmas to people who don't identify as Christians. For their joy and ours.

God as Host

By Ustad

A common local proverbs states, "The guest is the friend of God," or even, "The guest is god." In other words, guests are to be treated like deity. Their every need is to be anticipated and met with a gush of extravagance. (To get a biblical picture of this, read the account of Abraham forcing hospitality on his angelic guests in Genesis 18).
By Ustad

Could it be that the Father is rearranging things on this planet in order to both maximize gospel spread and shake his children free of their disproportionate attachment to private plants? Could he be opening our eyes to more of His heart in order to arrest our hearts for His agendas?
Jonah is a story that can be considered in its contrasts.  The most obvious contrast is a contrast of obedience.  Aside from Jonah himself, everything seems to be obeying God.  The wind (1:4; 4:8), the fish (2:10), the shade plant (4:6), and the worm (4:7) -- all of nature stands in unquestioning submission to the will of its Creator.  Most strikingly, the Ninevites also obey.  This fierce, idolatrous nation of Israel's enemies is found believing in Jehovah and repenting after the first day of Jonah's preaching.
A seminary classmate once argued in a class presentation that the account of Jonah is not historical - it didn't really happen.  Instead it was written as a parable with a moral lesson intended for the people of Israel.  They were supposed to see themselves in the fictional tale of a rebellious prophet, be reminded of God's mercy and lead to repentance.  I disagree with my friend.
By Ustad

Periodically, researchers produce studies on religious trends such as the one published by PEW in April 2015. According to their projections, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians globally, and Christianity will continue to decline in Western nations. No doubt these studies have value potential in awakening, preparing, shaping, and motivating the church.  We can be grateful for the work which goes into this kind of research.  However, in some ways reports like this can be quite unhelpful.