Center Church Gilbert = Sovereign Grace Church Gilbert

By | January 16, 2020

Sovereign Grace

Sovereign Grace is Christ Church Gilbert

On November 1, 2019, I published an article about churches leaving the Sovereign Grace denomination while some of those who are remaining in the denomination are changing their names.

The reasons given to the faithful pew-sitters for the name change are varied, but in typical Sovereign Grace fashion the number one reason for a name change is not mentioned – the reason is that it makes it difficult to recruit new “giving units” to your church after the prospective members conduct a Google search of Sovereign Grace and they come up with items like this:

Fall of a MegaChurch


Or this:


Hush Fund to Cover Up Abuse


Or this:


Al Mohler Throws Mahaney Under the Bus


Or this:


Sovereign Grace Independent Investigation


Instead, Sovereign Grace Gilbert pastor, Rich Richardson tells his apparently dim-witted congregation that they have found (after 30 years?) that Sovrin Greys is just too darn difficult to spell, and besides that, people don’t have a clue as to what Sovrain Grais means!


Here is the old sign – Sovereign Grace Church.

Sign of Sovereign Grace


Here is the new sign – “Center Church Fixed on Jesus”.


Sign of Christ Church Gilbert

You will note that “Sovereign” is a three-syllable word whereas “Center” is only a two-syllable word, so not only has the spelling been simplified, but the reduction in syllables should also make it easier for church members to pronounce.

Of course, Rich and his crew could have really simplified things if they had used a one-syllable name. And to make it even easier to spell they could have made it a two-letter word.  I’m thinking “Go Church” would have been an epic name. People would automatically think about the Great Commission. (But maybe that is too complicated a concept for our simpletons to comprehend.) And I would also want to drop the “fixed on” Jesus. Your average church-goer (goer = Go Church!) would be confused over the spelling. Is it fixxed, or fixed? And not many people understand the rather archaic term “fixed on.” Does that mean Jesus is in need of repair?

We would be well-served to remember the acronym I learned years ago at the Air Traffic Control Academy – KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. So let’s just have our church sign read:

Go Church

And let’s make the website address I’m telling you, with a name like that you would have Generation X’ers flocking to your church. You’d have so many people attending that you would finally have to pave that back parking lot, and you would even have the money to do it!

Just don’t ruin things by inviting C.J. Mahaney to be a guest speaker. He’d be likely to break out his sermon about “Go Church” being the happiest place on earth!

Yes sir, “Go Church Jesus” is the ticket. Even a child with a 5th-grade education could get it right!



Note from Editor: Since I published this article Sovereign Grace Center Church of Gilbert has launched their new website. It appears they have been reading my blog! I mentioned “fixed on” being an archaic term, one that your average Sovereign Grace Center Church of Gilbert attendee would not understand – Rich Richardson must have agreed with me and he did something to “fix” the potential problem. Here is a screenshot from their website:

Weird About Us Page For Sovereign Grace Gilbert


Great move Rich! Way to be proactive. Now the simpletons in your congregation may understand the meaning of your new logo.

But I am a little confused. You said you changed the name of your church from Sovereign Grace to Center Church because many people don’t understand what “sovereign grace” means, yet I see you have utilized the difficult term in your Statement of Faith! I foresee a lot of head-scratching among your congregation when they attempt to comprehend just what they are subscribing to!

Reference to Sovereign Grace


I applaud the fact that you acknowledged your affiliation with Sovereign Grace Churches, I just hope your congregation isn’t confused by being part of a denomination named after a term they don’t understand and can’t spell!

Info about Rich Richardson


And finally, in my brief perusal (definition: to look over or through in a casual or cursory manner ) of your website I found one item you may wish to clean up:


Young Adults


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Mr. Jesperson

This discussion reminds me of the church with the weirdest name I have come across. It was located immediately behind the old Voice of the Martyrs building that I once worked in. Speak of the worst charity I have ever seen. Nothing like raising money so that it can be given to child molesters to molest children overseas. A church moved into a building right behind it and changed its name to H2O. I drove past it every day for months before I realized it was a church. It lasted about a year and then disappeared. So there is an even shorter name that “Center Church” can change its name to. It is guaranteed to put the pile of manure out of business. And we know it is a business. There is no Jesus in crap like this…

Former Member

I applaud your tireless efforts to expose the corruption and particularly the efforts by specific churches and denominations to sweep sexual abuse under the carpet.

It should be pointed out that this is not a unique phenomenon and certainly not one limited to a few ‘bad apple’ organizations.

That would be like suggesting that sin only occurs in certain circles.

A free days ago, the following story appeared in South Central Pennsylvania – just down the road from Carlisle (home of former pastor Walt Chantry’s Grace Baptist Church):

Any community or organization that prioritizes isolation above accountability is more likely to underreport crimes committed in secret, in my view.

Openness is like light – and it may end up exposing more than sin – it may lead you to conclude that a whole host of beliefs you have heretofore held as truth are in fact lies.


The annual ‘Building Tomorrow Church’ conference is ‘taking the year 2020 off’ :

Headless Unicorn Guy

And so ChEKA changes its name to OGPU which changes its name to NKVD which changes its name to KGB…

But whatever the new name, the liquidation quotas in GULAG are met without interruption.


Lipstick on a pig … Every apostate church usually goes down this path as they try to reimage themselves. Doesn’t matter. A pig is a pig! Sooner or later the sheep disperse. God’s not in it so it will not grow.

Isn’t that the truth!

This blog has always attracted good commenters, yet God is really blessing Todd in that department right now.

Thanks to all who take the time to comment!

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)