Through personal contacts the Willetton Christian Reformed Church had a long association with the Afrikaans Christian Church in Perth, operated by Grace Outreach. This church was commenced by Dr Andre van Oudtshoorn as a ministry to newly arrived South African migrants.
In mid 2004 it was decided by the members of the Afrikaans Christian Church in Perth to disband and to ask the Willetton CRC to plant a new church in the northern suburbs. Afrikaans church members would subsequently become part of this new church planting group.
The first service of the newly formed Grace Christian Reformed Church was held on Nov 21 2004 under the leadership of Rev Peter Abetz from Willetton CRC.
On May 21, 2005 Classis WA (the state body of the CRCA) formally endorsed Grace CRC as being a formal church planting project of the CRCA under the supervision of the Willetton CRC church council.
The Classis gave formal approval in August 2007 for Grace CRC to become an independent, self supporting congregation within the CRCA.
The formal institution service took place on Sunday Nov 18, 2007. Since that date, the Grace CRC is self governing, and no longer under the supervision of the Willetton church.
Peter Abetz was elected to the Parliament of Western Australia in September 2008. Peter continues to worship and serve at Grace but has stepped down as the full time pastor of the church. His successor is Rev. Joe Vermeulen who came to us from Bray Park CRC in Queensland. Joe was formally installed as pastor on 8 February 2009.
If you would like to read more on the history of the CRCA click on this link: http://www.crca.org.au/AboutUs/WhoWeAre/History