Summer Bible School 2017


Bloom Where You Are Planted

Happy May, church family! This time of year, we get to celebrate God’s beautiful creation of spring and new life all around us. It’s a time for things to bloom! I have to be honest with you: I am not gifted in the area of gardening. I find that I cannot keep plants alive! I’m sure if I buckled down and took the time to learn, I could possibly get the hang of it. But as of this moment – my flower bed is empty.
I do, however, enjoy decorating! I currently have a sign in my front yard that is perfect for spring. It simply says, “BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED.” I glance at it every morning as I get in the car and head to work. The phrase has become very important to me because it is a constant reminder of how, I believe, God wants us to conduct our lives. Many times in life, I find that we can be so anxious to move on to the next season, that we have the tendency to think to ourselves, “Life will be better after I….” – and we fill in that blank with numerous goals. While is it very important to have goals, thinking that you will only be happy after you accomplish those goals is sadly not living in the joy that God has for us today! We try to “uproot” ourselves to find something more comfortable, but we rarely take the time to put our roots down deep and ask how the Lord wants us to bear fruit in this current season of life.   Sometimes we need to allow the Lord to grow us right where we are, because it is in those moments that our character grows. When our character is mature in Him, I find He then allows us to move on to the next season He has for us. So what season are you in? In what area does the Lord want you to grow? In what way can you allow Him to use you right where you currently are? How can you “bloom where you are planted”?

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:3 ESV

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9 ESV

 Pastor Gabrielle Aquilino

WLI – April 2017


How to Study Your Bible

Dr. Ralph E. Freda, DPM,

Friday, April 7th, 7pm – 10pm

& Saturday, April 8th, 9am – 12pm

at the Church of Grace and Peace, in Toms River, NJ

Course Description:

2 Tim 2:15 [KJV] tells us to: “Study to show thyself approved unto God … rightly dividing the word of truth”. This is a course in How to Study Your Bible, how to get all you can out of the Scriptures! This is a practice we can learn by proven methods that work to greatly enhance our understanding of the Bible. Areas such as: various types of Bible study in book study; chapter study; verse study; how our Bibles are laid out from the mind of God in what He reveals to us. How to use the various Bible study books that are available; understanding different Bible translations, hermeneutics and much, much more!

What will be imparted:

The student will have the Scriptures opened and unlocked to them in ways they have never experienced so that we may be used of Holy Spirit more effectively in the days ahead.


This is a 2 TU Course in Biblical Teaching.

Wagner Students $50     Non Wagner Students (Auditors): $15


For more information call: 732.349.1550, x213

RSVP is requested for attending 


Church of Grace and Peace [Room E 201]

1563 Old Freehold Rd

Toms River, NJ 08755

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   Dr. Ralph E. Freda, DPM is the Senior Associate Pastor, of the Church of Grace and Peace, located in Toms River, NJ. He’s been an Elder there since 1985, and was a founding trustee of the Church. He is the director of the Grace and Peace Institute of Biblical Studies and he is also the Dean of the Wagner Leadership institute of Toms River, NJ.  He lives in Manchester, NJ with his wife Rosemary.


Sunday morning children’s ministry for grades 4 through 6.
Somewhere between leaving childhood behind and treading wide eyed into the teenage years lurk a thousand bewildering questions. Where did God come from? How come I’m not perfect? Why doesn’t everyone go to heaven? The curriculum, Grapple, under the leadership of Sean and Keri Healy, is based on these real questions that preteens wonder about. Kids learn how to grapple with these questions and search the Bible for answers. Thus building a faith foundation that guides wise choices. 

Healing Prayer

Healing prayer is every first Sunday at 7pm in our Toms River Campus Sanctuary. 

John Kropinack 

Healing Prayer times witness to people in the surrounding communities that the supernatural God of the Bible is alive, keeps His Word and is moving and showing Himself strong throughout the earth today, giving evidence of the power and victory of His resurrection as He miraculously moves as He did in Acts 10:38. “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil.”
Perhaps a doctor has told you that you have a sickness or disease, that you have a short time to live. We believe Jesus is the Great Physician. As we pray healing scriptures over you, we believe God’s active and living Word will do exactly what it has been released to accomplish – healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Come see for yourself! Read more…

Janie Turner – Trustee

 turner_janieJanie Turner has been a born-again believer since 1979. She has served in former churches in the choir and as president of the ushers board for 23 yrs. Janie’s life is best described as a life of service which comes from her love for her Savior. In her youth, Janie participated in the 1960s Civil Rights March alongside of Dr. Martian Luther King. In her earlier years she studied at Alabama A & M College and is now retired from 37 yrs employment with the New Jersey Natural Gas Company, holding various positions including accounts collection. She has attended the Church of Grace and Peace since 2003, where she is a member and has served in outreach ministry to the indigent and in children’s ministry, a passion of her life. She has been a Trustee of the church since 2009. Janie is an avid gardener and lives with her adult son in Toms River, NJ

Alexander Torres Hispanic Pastor

atorresAlexander Torres joined staff at The Church of Grace and Peace in April 2011. He and his wife Sandra became members in December 2009 and immediately dedicated their time and service to reach the Hispanic community. He served in the military in his home country, Columbia before moving to the United States. Alex learned to play the guitar and sing at an early age. He served as a ministerial assistant and worship leader for five years in a small Spanish mission in Toms River. Alex and his wife have a beautiful daughter, Stephania.  Contact Alex

Hospitality Room


Provides light refreshments for church leaders and guest speakers in a warm, friendly atmosphere before and after services.

GAP Office

One Voice Worship

At Grace and Peace we worship with the voice of one. Together, our vision is to release heaven’s worship on earth.
When you worship at Grace and Peace, in any service, or in any setting; you will experience a variety of gifts, personalities, cultural backgrounds, and generations all worshipping as one.
The best way to experience what God uniquely does through worship at Grace and Peace, is to come experience it for yourself! Join us!

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