Talking with Francis

Francis Mwali Member Profile

Hi Francis, how did you hear about Grace Capital City?

Funny thing is I heard about you through Facebook actually. It just popped up on my window. And I thought, “Cool, I don't do anything at 5:00, I'll go check them out.” I loved it. I fell in love with everything. I fell in love with the worship. God's presence is here.

What do you think is one distinguishable characteristic of our church?

Community. It's big on community. I believe, as young people, we search for that a lot and we're looking for a place to belong. Grace has offered that to a lot people and that's why people come through the doors. That's the biggest thing that attracted me to Grace and that's the thing I love the most about Grace. It's community. And Jesus is the center of that community.

What's one distinguishable characteristic about you?

I don't know man. I live and breathe music, that's what I do. I love music. That's it, if you meet me and we're talking, somewhere I will slide music into the conversation. I don't know how but it just happens that way. That's the thing about me.

What would you say is the good news of Jesus to people in DC?

I think right now people are just looking for hope. I feel like the fear of uncertainty has crippled the nation. I was driving down DC the day after the elections and it was like a ghost town and you could feel the fear. You could feel it. But I want people to remind themselves everyday when they wake up that they are and always will be children of the most high, no matter who sits on the presidential seat and no matter what is going on in the country. They're still going to be children of the most high. Never forget that fact. It will carry you through to the next day. The next year. No matter what is happening, God is still on the throne. It is God who orchestrates everything.

What has the Lord been teaching you recently?

More than anything, he's been teaching me to trust solely on Him. Everything that I do now is on Him. I've never been so free. I've never trusted the Lord this much. I quit my job and put it all in His hands. With everything that I do from hear on out, I trust that God has it. It's built my faith and it's growing on a daily basis. I've seen things and I'm learning more about myself than I ever have. I thought I was one person, and it takes you putting everything into God's hands to realize who you really are.

What is your catchphrase?

Do I have one?

Yeah don't you always say, “what's up hotdog?”

No but maybe I should adopt that. I think I say gracias a lot. I don't know why. It's not a catchphrase but I just say that a lot. I just like it.

Gracias Francis!

Talking With Frank


Hey Frank. What brought you to DC?

I think it all started probably a year before Chris and Jess moved up. They had actually had a video at Grace Midtown showing the church and the announcement. Me and Sarah had just started dating, we were in separate parts as a part of the hospitality team at Grace Midtown. We were both watching the video and at the same time both of our hearts got tugged. We felt the calling of God and felt like this was an awesome opportunity. I’ve always wanted to be part of a church plant and making a difference for the city. So at the end of that we both met with each other and said, “Did you feel the same way I did?” I was like yeah, we definitely gotta go to this. So we both prayed about it for quite a while and met with Chris at the open house event for the community. It just felt right, everything about it. Some opportunities even got presented to me in terms of my career, in terms of Sarah’s career, her family is up here. It just seemed like God was making it really clear where He wanted me to be. So hospitality is a huge part of my life and Sarah’s life, and we try to find every way we can to be a part of this church and give to it as much as we can.


How was that experience moving up?


Oh dude it was so scary. My entire family has lived in Georgia. They never really travel outside that part of the country, so it was scary for me. For Sarah, not so much. She has gone back and forth between Maryland and Georgia countless times, so this was nothing to her. It was a big step for me. My family wasn’t on board with it at first, but over time praying with them turned into them saying this is something God wants you to do so go for it. I think it just put a lot of peace in my heart. Even going up here rooming with you guys for the few months we were together, it was just comfortable. It felt like Jesus was there the whole step of the way. There were no obstacles or barriers that made it seem like we need to go back.


What would be your biggest encouragement to someone that wants to take a risk like that but feels nervous about it?


I’d say listen to your gut. Listen to your heart. If you try to go at it logistically and you try to plan everything out you’re going to fall flat on your face. You’re going to become terrified and you’re not going to make the decision. It requires a lot of faith. That’s the brunt of it. The clear, defining decision factor should be your faith. Not in, well I have enough money. Not in, well I have a place to live. I think God will put that all together as you take a step forward. That’s what faith is, you take a blind step. God will put the next rung in the ladder and the next tread on the stair for you.


What has been one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned being up here?


Don’t feel like you have to get involved with everything right at the get go. I know that one of the things I was trying to do was do as much as I could and I got burnt out really fast. So take baby steps. Start with what you’re comfortable with and then look at places where you can branch out and feel kinda scared. God will make it pretty clear to you what you’re terrified of and what you need to push towards. Don’t try to be a superhuman.


What’s a perfect day in the city? What do you love to do here?


I like to put a smile on someone’s face. It may not have to be a joke. I like to make people laugh, but it may just be giving a portion of myself to them, which could be giving something to someone who’s homeless or just getting my job done right. I like designing something in my workplace and giving it to my boss or my manager and making them happy with that. That’s my responsibility. I’m an engineer and I gotta engineer.


What do you want people to know about God?


He’s not the kind of God who requires you to have your ducks in row. He doesn’t require you to have everything figured out before you come to Him. That’s a huge part of my maturity and growing up in my faith. I grew up believing you need to be right with God at all times. You have to get all your sins forgiven before you can start praying to Him again. That’s how ridiculous it got. Once I started going to a public college and getting out of that isolated sphere, I started to see that in order for people to get an appeal for God, to get a taste of God, you have to be real and honest. You have to realize you’re going to fall on your face sometimes and you just gotta brush yourself off and pick yourself back up. God knows you for who you’re ultimately going to become, which is that sanctification process, and its beautiful. We don’t start at the end, we start at the beginning, but God sees us at the end the entire time. So He doesn’t care if you’ve stumbled off the path a couple times, He knows that as long as you’re trusting in Him and following Him you’re going to get there. That’s it. There’s nothing more to that. There doesn’t need to be some deep theological explanation for it. It’s very simple. God said that kids are the ones that would enter the kingdom first because they had a childlike faith. It doesn’t require you to understand everything about Him.


What’s your catchphrase?


“So Krech and so clean.” No brainer.


Perfect interview. Thanks Frank.

September at GCC


Wow, it feels like a dream, a beautiful Holy Spirit soaked dream… but it happened! After years of planning, dreaming, praying and seeking we officially launched as a church on Sunday, September 11th. A brand new community of faith meeting in a space that was built more then 100 years ago, we worshiped, we prayed, we taught the Bible and together we where overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness throughout the whole journey. Several key Church leaders from around the city, as well as Pastor Buddy Hoffman and Pastor Matt Reynolds from our own Grace family, joined in for a time of commissioning and prayer over us and the sense of expectation and excitement in the room was infectious. I’ll never forget the image of the light streaming in through the stain glassed windows as people stretched their hands out over us in faith and the thought kept running through my mind; ‘Wow God.. you did it! You really did it!’

Ever since the beginning of this journey, since the first fragile prayers offered up and the first glimpse of vision for this new Church, we have held onto Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, specifically in chapter 3, verse 20; ‘To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ At GCC we have truly felt like we have been living in the ‘immeasurably’ more of God’s faithfulness during this season of preparation and now as we step into the next season I am confident that God has many lives he intends for us to impact with the Gospel and many people to be set free with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Thankful for your prayers and partnership on the journey.

Kingdom come.

Chris Moerman
Lead Pastor

We Launched!

Our God is a God who fulfills his promises. Grace Capital City has officially launched!

For well over a year, prayer and planning has been the foundation of this church. We’ve constantly been asking God, what is it that you want to do? What is it that you have for this city? With Him at the center of our hearts and minds we’ve done our best to follow in His footsteps. Now look where we are.

After months of confusion, months of wondering whether or not this will actually work out (at least the way we thought it would) The Lord provided. We launched our church at Church of the Pilgrims in a beautiful sanctuary with over 200 people in attendance. Families, students, volunteers, and church planters filled the space and it all became very real. Hearing the voices harmonize together in worship is something too amazing to really describe. Our pastor, Chris Moerman, taught about the face of Jesus, and how we are to be that face to DC. Once you see His face, there’s no going back. Then there were prayers and commissioning from spiritual leaders in Atlanta and DC. It suddenly felt like we all became a huge family. We are so thankful for all of this and what the Lord has done.

That night has proven to me once again that at the end of the day, everything really is grace. There is nothing that we did to deserve such magnificence. The grandness of the building, the prayerful support of His people, the relentless love of the Father is all unmerited, yet here it is. What a gift. What if we were to extend that grace? To love as He does, with justice and mercy. What if we, as the body of Christ, became the face of Jesus to this city? Big things are coming my friends. The goodness of the Lord is alive and well, forever and always.