The Love and Grace Christian Fellowship Church was established in April 2002 by Pastors David L. Cowan, Sr. and his wife, Daphene Cowan. David and Daphene Cowan were both ordained as pastors in March 2002 at the International Shield of Faith Fellowship of Churches Convention in Pomona, California. The first services were held in the Marriott Hotel in Palmdale, California from 2002 to 2004. Thereafter, the church leased the Palmtree Elementary School auditorium until a permanent edifice was located in 2005. Pastor David Cowan, Sr. has worked in ministry for over 30+ years in various capacities such as: deacon, minister of music; head deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Director of Special Programs and Events; Head of Board of Trustees, etc. He also attended Aenon Bible College and completed various religious certificated courses related to soul winning and church planting.
Co-Pastor Daphene Cowan has worked in ministry beside her husband ministering in music as well as in a variety of leadership capacities for over 30 years (i.e. choir director, church secretary, special programs and event coordinator, debutante coordinator, Sunday School teacher, youth pastor, assistant pastor, executive assistant, church wedding coordinator, teen advisor, etc. She also attended Aenon Bible College and completed a variety of certificated courses regarding church administration, business administration, marketing and advertisement, soul winning, and church development. Together, they form a dynamic ministry team with a sincere heart for God and an undeniable compassion for his people.
To Edify, Educate, and Empower to Evangelize those that Confess Jesus Christ as Their Savior
Love and Grace is based on the premise of Ephesians 4:11-13, which states the following: “And He (God) gave some apostles, and some propjets, and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.
From this passage of scripture the Love and Grace Christian Fellowship Church draws its general mandate and purpose: “To edify, educate, and empower to evangelize those that confess Jesus Christ as their Savior.”
Edify: We endeavor to raise the consciousness of men through the Word of God to live a life of hope, greater possibilities, and brotherly love. We believe that through exhortation, the minds of men will be motivated to excel mentally, spiritually, and physically and that man will be able to maximize all of his God-given potential.
Educate: The spiritual tools utilized to educate is the in depth study of the Word of God through bible studies from elementary through collegiate levels. We will endeavor to raise the knowledge of the Christian in his chosen tool “the sword of the spirit”, which is the Word of God”. (Eph. 6:17b). We will encourage, actively motivate and sponsor children of all ages to seek secular education by promoting the importance of school, and continuing on to college. Thereby offering individuals a successful opportunity to secure a career whereby they will become more responsible and productive members within our society.
Empowering the edified and educated Christian by creating forums for them to perfect their God-given gifts and abilities. By doing so, each individual will be encouraged and assisted in discovering paths within our society to further develop and demonstrate their talents, gifts, and education for the betterment of mankind. Ultimately the edified, educated, and empowered individual will seek opportunities to share and repeat what has been offered to them-- Evangelism.