Our History

Throughout its 140-year history, Grace Episcopal Church has been an important part of Goochland County. By virtue of its central location in Goochland Courthouse, Grace has had a unique opportunity to minister to the Goochland community. Through the years, it has touched the lives of many who were not and are not members of its congregation.  Grace Church continues to serve the needs of the community through its programs, use of facilities, and services.

Grace Church was founded in 1876 in the Parish of St. James-Northam. Grace is the only church left from this historic parish, which at one time included St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, built in 1834; Trinity Episcopal Church, built in 1855; and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church (also known as All Saint’s Episcopal Church of Sabot), built in 1884.

In 1876, one-half acre was deeded to the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia, and his successors in the office of Bishop by George W. and Vivian M. Fleming. Grace Church was built in 1876-77 on this half acre and was consecrated in 1882. The present church is the original building.  In 1904, Miss Grace Arents deeded 32½ acres of land to the church and Grace Church still possesses approximately 19½ acres of this land. The cemetery of Grace Church contains the burial plot of George Payne and his family.  George Payne was one of the first people to settle in Goochland in the 18th century.  

The new Parish House was built in 2006 to replace an older building.

The Rev. Emily Dunevant, the present Rector of Grace Church, is the 26th Rector to serve this parish.