About Grace5Cities 

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you'll come worship with us at our Grace5Cities, serving the Five Cities area.  We are one church that meets on more than one campus. While each campus is unique we share a single vision . . . to help people find and follow Jesus. We invite you to join us.  


Getting Here & Parking 

Our Family Worship & Sunday School Hour occur at 10:30 AM. Our Grace5Cities campus is located just off the 101 freeway in Arroyo Grande at St. Patrick School Gym. Check out the map below for directions. There is plenty of parking in the campus lot or in the dirt lot just adjacent to the campus.  

Look for the directional banners to guide you to the worship service and GraceKids classes. If you need help, stop by our Welcome Center as you enter the campus.  

Come as You Are

When you come to worship with us, you'll see some wearing shorts, some wearing suits and everything in between. Please wear what you are most comfortable wearing. Most people who worship with us dress pretty casually.  

What to Expect . . . 

A warm friendly welcome. You are our guest and our desire is that you feel our welcome.

A diverse, intergenerational church family. Grace is a place where college students, families and adults of all ages and life stages worship together. We welcome children in our worship services and encourage 'Family Worship.' 

Relevant systematic teaching from the Bible. We believe that the Bible is not a book of rules or a book of good advice, but a life-transforming and God-glorifying story of redemption that climaxes in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Eclectic, Gospel-centered worship. Our music is varied and diverse, including a range of styles and instrumentation. Our contemporary worship teams are complemented by an orchestra, choirs and the inclusion of an organ.


Grace Central Coast is built upon a foundation of 50+ Growth Groups.  Growth Groups are groups of 6-12 adults who meet together for prayer, care, Bible study, serving and outreach.  Jumping into a Growth Group is the very best way to connect and get to know others at Grace and our highest priority beyond the worship service. 


Having grown up on the Central Coast, gone away for pastoral training, and recently returned to the 5Cities, God has given me a vision for seeing His church flourish here for generations to come! I am eager to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel for the joy of all peoples to God’s glory! I'm delighted to be married to Erica and we're enjoying raising our two boys, Keller & Clay. I pray that God would use Grace5Cities to advance the fame of the name of Jesus in the hearts of hundreds here in the 5Cities area.

Sunday Service Times & Location

Family Worship Hour & Sunday School 10:30–11:45

St. Patrick School Gym
900 West Branch St. 
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Come Serve With Us

As we've launched Grace5Cities, it clearly has the exciting feel of a new start-up.  It's an exciting time for you to get in the 'ground floor' of this exciting new Gospel venture.  And we need lots of help as we build these service teams:  

  • Set-Up/Tear Down
  • Welcome Team
  • Tech Team
  • Worship Team 
  • GraceKids Team 
  • GraceYouth Team
  • Prayer Team 

If you're interested in serving on one of these teams, let us know.  



We consider it a privilege and a joy to care for your kids. We take this responsibility seriously. We desire to provide your child with a safe, secure and loving environment where they can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We aim to partner with you in the joys and challenges of Biblical parenting and instruction. 

At Grace, we're committed to both 'age-integrated' and 'age-segregated' learning. What does that mean? 

On the one hand, we're committed to encouraging parents and children to worship and learn together by attending our worship services together. We call this 'Family Worship.' So bring your kids to worship with you at Grace5Cities. You will not be alone when you do.   

At the same time, we're committed to an excellent and multi-faceted Children's Ministry where children learn, grow and have fun in settings that are geared for them.

Sunday School Classes
10:30 am | Birth – 6th Grade 

We offer a Gospel-Centered Sunday School program during our Family Worship service at 10:30 for Birth through 6th Grade.  As you arrive on campus, follow the directional signs to locate the appropriate classrooms for your kids.   

The Nursery is combined with the Cry Room and meets in the Gym.
The Preschool and Elementary classes meet upstairs in the Preschool building.

  • Nursery: Birth - 2 years

  • Preschool: 2-4 years

  • Elementary: K-6th grade

Safety is our
highest priority.  

We know if you're worried, you won't be able to worship.  We take the safety of all kids extremely seriously.  All of our classes are staffed by loving and caring teachers who have gone through our extensive screening and fingerprinting process.  No child is ever left alone with a single adult.  Parents can worship worry-free knowing we will text or page them if their little one needs them.'

Parent-Child Dedication

Multiple times a year, we take time in our worship services for parents to dedicate their children to the Lord and themselves to the joys and challenges of Gospel parenting.  It's a special time in the life of our church.  

A Commitment to
Family Worship

In many churches, parents are discouraged from bringing their kids into worship services. The opposite is true at Grace. We're committed to Family Worship.  We believe it's vital for families to worship together.  


Child Wellness Policy

If your child is ill, we ask that you please keep them at home out of consideration of other children and their families. Please do not bring your baby to the nursery or the Family/Cry Room Room if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Any other contagious
    childhood ailment


GraceYouth   |   Middle & High School 

Our vision at GraceYouth is simple. Know. Grow. Go. We want all our students to know the gospel, grow in their understanding of it, and then go into the world to serve and share that good news with others. We have a decades long legacy of an intentional and growing youth ministry here on the Central Coast and by God’s grace and power we plan to maintain that for the decades to come. 


We have one mid-week gathering and we gather to worship on Sunday mornings as well. We meet Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at various homes in our community to have fun, connect with each other, and study God’s Word. Both our High School (9th-12th) and Middle School (7th-8th) students head into our Worship Service at 10:30am and are encouraged to sit together. Don’t forget to click the calendar link on the left for our most recent quarterly calendar. We hope to see you soon!


Do you love teaching others the Bible and want to share it with students? Do you have a lot of energy and like having a crazy amount of fun? Then we would love to talk to you about joining our Volunteer Youth Staff! We have a great, energetic, and loving staff who pour into our students week in and week out all year long. We need people who want to help with tech, music, small groups, events, or by being a parent on our youth board. 
Have a question about anything you read here? Go ahead and let us know by clicking the link below!

Have a question about anything you read here? Go ahead and let us know by clicking the link below!

Email Pastor Ben Crandall


  • Sundays @ 10:30 AM  |  Worship Center
  • Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Various Homes 


Resources & Stuff 

Living Life Together  

What is a Growth Group?

Simply put, it's the best way to get involved and grow in your faith here at Grace.

Grace is a big place and it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Growth Groups allow our big church to feel like a small church. They let us know and be known by others as we experience living the Gospel together. We truly believe that Gospel transformation happens in the context of small groups where real relationships can be experienced and deepened.

So how do they work and what are they for?

Growth Groups are groups of about 6-12 people who meet for 9 weeks at a time to do 4 things:

1. Grow.  These groups are the primary place for growth in our understanding of God's word. We gather each week to discuss the Sunday sermon and how God’s word changes our everyday lives. As we gather, we create safe spaces for people to ask questions about the Bible and when we do, we all grow together.

2. Pray.  Colossians 1:9 says, 'we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.' We not only pray for one another's needs but also for each other's spiritual growth. We have the privilege to gather and come before God as a group and to pray throughout the week.

3. Care.  Growth Groups are the frontline for care at Grace. These groups are places where people can go and open up their lives to others. The Church is called to be a family, and so we care for each other that way.

4. Serve.  Not only do we Grow, Pray, and Care, but we also Serve! Serving with others is an amazing way to grow in your relationship with others and your relationship with God. Every Fall quarter our groups pray and plan so they can best serve those in our church and our community.

Growth Groups meet on a quarterly basis each Fall, Winter, and Spring with some groups meeting through the Summer as well.

Ready to get plugged in? Click the link below to check out all our groups.


So what if I'm not comfortable joining a group at someone's home?

If this is you, we have something you may want to try. It's called an On-Ramp Group. This group is our 'try before you buy' solution. If you want to test the waters of what a growth group looks like you can attend this group on Sunday mornings during the 11 am service at our SLO campus. Chip & Lisa Neuenschwander lead our On-Ramp Group and they would love to have you!

Is it worth it? Here is what people at Grace are saying about
Growth Groups.

“When I first came to Grace in 2008 I knew one person, my sister. After a number of months, my wife and I joined a Growth Group of complete strangers. We were in that group for 5 years and now those people are some of our best friends. It literally changed our lives. We now lead a young marrieds group at our home in SLO where we get to live life together and help couples navigate the early years of marriage. Growth Groups are a must. You can't afford not to join one.” - Pastor Miles Nelson

“​I'm at home most of the time with 4 little ones and it can be hard to get out and fellowship. by having a weekly meeting I am forced to be in community with others and no matter how difficult it is to prepare for, it is always worth it and I always feel blessed at the end of the night. Growth groups have given me friends in a season of life when meeting new people and developing relationships can be challenging.” - Jenny Nanninga, Young Marrieds Growth Group Shepherd

“​Growth Groups are a great way to divert my thinking from all the tasks at hand, slow down and grow in my knowledge and love of God. It's also a great way to build relationships with the other believers involved.” - Dayton Muxlow, Cal Poly student, and College Co-Ed Growth Group Shepherd

Shepherd Resources

     Listen to Shepherd Training & Support

Grace Women

Grace5Cities CONNECT Studies

We have launched multiple Women's CONNECT studies at Grace5Cities meeting throughout the week. These studies focus on both a book and sharing life together. All are welcome! Currently, our studies meet on Monday mornings at 6AM, Monday mornings at 9:15AM, and Tuesday evenings at 7PM. If you have interest, please contact our Campus Pastor, Ben Collins at bencollins@grace5cities.org and he will give you all the info you need!


Our GraceSLO campus has ongoing Bible Studies offered from September through May each year. This is a great way to learn more about God, start a relationship with Him, and grow in strength and wisdom, in His Word.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Starting January 19th, we will dive into our Winter/Spring Elective series. We will offer 6 different studies to choose from. Each will be offered twice (6 weeks studies), so you get to choose 2. You will attend the first for 6 weeks and then switch to the second study for the last 6 weeks. This is a great way to get to know people and to get to do two shorter studies instead of one long one. The first day (Jan. 19th), all the studies will be highlighted and talked about. You will then be able to pay, and sign up that day. There will not be any early registration. Email Angela Anderson for more information.

Other Opportunities

  • Women's Events
    Women’s Mentoring Evening events are designed to be a relaxed, fun, and encouraging evening where women choose to sit at tables according to subjects that intrigue them and spend time with a mentor table leader talking about the subject at hand (working women, parenting, marriage, divorce, spiritual life, etc.). Plan to join us. It is a great way to get to know other women in our church community and gain challenge and encouragement in our lives. And besides that, we have prizes, great food, and don’t forget laughter! 
  • MOPS
    MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.” We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. They meet monthly at the Grace SLO campus. The group is currently full for the Winter/Spring semester but stay tuned for Fall of 2017.
  • Mom's in Prayer
    This is a prayer ministry of moms who gather together to pray for their children, their schools, their teachers and administration.  The parents of Middle School and High School students prayer group meets Wednesday mornings at SLO First Baptist Church from 8:30-9:45 am starting September 16th.  Email Cindy Frauenheim at mcfrauen88@gmail.com for more information.
  • Love from MOM
    This is a ministry for moms of post-high school children who desire to pray for their kids, connect with other moms in the same stage and send care packages to those living away for college.  We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month during the school year from 1-2 pm at our GraceSLO campus, to assemble care packages and pray for our college-aged children. Contact Liesl O’Brien at 805-471-5819 for more information.

Grover Beach Elementary 

We 'adopted' Grover Beach Elementary in the Spring of 2016 and have totally enjoyed showing God's incredible love to them through multiple Work Days, Teacher Appreciation, Good News Club Leadership, and a Spanish/English Immersion Class! God has been at work in SO many ways through this partnership. To find out more and to get involved, contact our Campus Pastor, Ben Collins via email: bencollins@grace5cities.org.   

Community Outreaches 

We have gladly served at the Stampede Run for three consecutive years, assisting with registration and a water aid station. We hope to continue to shine for Christ out on the course in years to come!

We love participating in the Harvest and Christmas Parades in Arroyo Grande. We have a blast and we let people know that our God is great and good each time we walk the streets of the village in Arroyo Grande. 

Sanctity of Life Ministry

Our ministry exists to encourage and support the Sanctity of Life, a whole life belief that ALL life is to be respected and protected from conception to natural death.  As our Lord commands, we honor people in every stage of life - from the preborn to the support for mothers who are faced with a challenging pregnancy, to those suffering from post-abortive issues, those with special needs, the elderly and the shut-in.  For more information or to join our mailing list, contact us at sanctityoflife@gracecentralcoast.org.

The following are outreach opportunities that reflect and encourage a whole life focus, belief and purpose:

Tree of Life Pregnancy Support Center: We support Tree of Life in its efforts to support women facing an unplanned pregnancy where they'll find caring help, hope, positive options and practical help from friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

40 Days for Life: The largest prayer ministry in the world, this international group gathers to pray for an end to abortion, the leading cause of death across the globe.

Prayer Care Partners: We serve and interact to bring love, hope, and comfort through the Good News of the Scripture and life-giving prayer to the elderly and infirm in our Senior Living Communities.

Sanctity of Life Newsletters: join our Sanctity of Life Ministry and receive and newsletter displaying local ministry activities, pivotal information, and suggestions for book reading to further your own understanding of whole life issues.

Campus Service Times

Worship Service & Sunday School  |  10:30 AM 

Campus Location 

St. Patrick School Gym
900 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420


Office Hours

Any of our Campus Staff would love to meet with you at one of the many coffee shops or restaurants in the 5Cities area. Just email a member of our staff to set up an appointment.  


Campus Contact 

PHONE:  805.543.2358

Campus Pastor  |  Ben Collins  

Worship & GraceYouth  |  Ben Crandall  

GraceKids  |  Mariah Woolard  

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