Church Check: Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California

Basic Church Information

Church Name: Grace Community Church

Senior/Lead Pastor: John MacArthur

Board of Elders/Leadership Staff: Leadership & Elders Pages

Address: 13248 Roscoe Blvd. Sun Valley, CA 91352

Phone: 818-909-5500

Email: N/A (See Question #5)

Website: gracechurch.org

Social Media:

Online Services: https://www.gracechurch.org/teaching


Church Specifics


Denomination: Calvinist / Reformed

Preaching Style: Expository/Verse-by-verse

Worship Style: Traditional/Hymns

Membership Requirements: Yes

Tithes/Compelled Giving: Yes

Financial Transparency: Unknown (See Question #3)

Affiliations: The Master’s Seminary, The Master’s Academy International, Grace to You, The Master’s University


Red Flags of Spiritual Abuse, Exploitation/Opportunism, and/or High Coercive Control


Spiritual Abuse Definition: Any attempt to exert power and control over someone using religion, faith, or beliefs can be spiritual abuse.


Coercive Control Definition: Coercive control is a form of emotional abuse or intimate partner violence that can cause psychological trauma. Here, we use it to describe a specific form of abuse practiced in the local church setting by men and women in church leadership positions. It describes a pattern of behaviors a perpetrator uses to gain control and power by eroding a person’s autonomy and self-esteem. This can include acts of intimidation, threats, and humiliation. Coercive control also refers to a pattern of controlling behaviors that create an unequal power dynamic in a relationship. In