Grace is an Episcopal Church of the Diocese of North Carolina. Grace had its beginnings in Clayton in 1996 as a dream of the late Attorney E. Craig Jones, Jr. of Selma and as an outreach project of St. Paul's, Smithfield.

Five years after their first worship service in Clayton in January 1996, Grace was officially recognized and welcomed into union with the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in February 2001. This festive event brought to reality the vision that was first born in 1996.   

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Under the leadership of the Rev. Barbara Platt-Hendren, Grace Episcopal, worshipped and worked, building itself with God’s guidance.  The congregation became actively involved in the community, supporting the Episcopal Farm Workers Ministry and Backpack Buddies among other ministries.  

In 2011, the church moved to its present location at 111 Lee Court, a 6,000 sq ft leased space with a sanctuary that can seat 200, classrooms, office space and a parish hall with full kitchen. 

In May of 2013, Barbara retired after thirty years of faithful service in the Episcopal Church.

Grace called the Rev. John Gibson that December. During his tenure, the church renovated the interior of the building, got the Holtkamp organ, began online streaming and expanded its outreach and ministries. He retired in September 2021.