“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Below is a recording of the live feed from the first service at the Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN. This occurred yesterday, August 29, 2021.
Sarah Berger and Steve Berger were senior pastors of Grace Chapel. Steve faced heavy criticism for his participation in the right-wing march in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021, though he claims he was not among the crowd that stormed the Capitol, having returned to his hotel by 11:00 A.M.
In late January, Steve Berger said that he and his wife, Sarah Berger, would be leaving their roles as senior pastors.
“The time is right for Sarah and I to transition from the role and responsibilities of senior pastor, to the role and responsibilities of being the founding pastors of Grace Chapel,” Berger said. “I need to transition from leading the team, to encouraging, empowering and releasing them to lead all of the rest of us, including myself.” (Source)
Grace Chapel is the home church of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and State Senator Jack Johnson.
There is more going on at Grace Chapel than power struggles and hurt feelings, way more, but I will get to that in a minute.
As you saw, the live feed came to a screeching halt. This is exactly as it played out Sunday morning. Then the second service was abruptly cancelled!
I did see a Tweet by an individual reportedly in attendance at the first service and this person said there was no altercation.
Please, please read this! I hope to write more on the story at a later date. As it is, I cannot improve on the work done below.
I would also suggest you read this article. Grace Chapel is attempting to shut Shannon Ashley up. She authored the above article on Medium.