Pastor Javier Mondragon pioneered the effort to start the south campus of Grace Point Church in 2008. In 2015, this campus became its own independent church known as Many Nations Church of the Nazarene. This is an inner-city, multicultural congregation in southeast Fort Wayne, one of few with bilingual services in English and Spanish.
In 2011, Javier founded Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center because of his life’s experiences. He was born and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He grew up in an neighborhood that was the second most violent in the city. His father left shortly after his birth and his mother passed away at the age of 54, when Javier was only 17 years old. Drugs and alcohol were part of everyday life and were available on every corner. He became a gang member at age 12, was smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol by age 13, and was a cocaine user by age 15. He dropped out of school shortly after beginning 10th grade. Shortly after the death of his mother, he moved to the U.S. state of Arkansas to live with an older brother. By the grace of God and through the influence of that brother, Javier became a follower of Christ and soon realized a call into ministry. He returned to school and eventually even graduated from seminary.
Javier comments that, “Growing up, there was a church in my neighborhood, very close to where we gathered to drink. People would walk past us on their way to services. We heard the music and saw them pass again as they left, never stopping to either speak to us or to invite us to their church. That experience has shaped my ministry and the mission of Bridge of Grace. We will not only open our doors, but we will actively pursue them and tell the story that can change their lives now and forever”. Bridge of Grace is all about transforming people’s lives.