Grace Fellowship International was incorporated May 29, 1969 for the purpose of implementing a new approach to spiritual counseling based on God’s call on the life of Charles Solomon in November, 1967. From the beginning it was a worldwide vision, which God has brought to pass in the ensuing third of a century.
The doors of GFI opened full time as a faith ministry February 1, 1970, and the Holy Spirit began to transform lives in the counseling setting. Two years later, in August 1972, the first staff member was added and the first remote office was opened in Missouri in 1975. The first international work was established in Argentina in 1981 and now there are representatives on six continents and many countries.
Dr. Solomon’s first and best selling book, Handbook to Happiness, has sold over 300,000 copies in English, Spanish, Korean, Romanian, and Russian. Chapter 2 has been condensed into tract form and is included on this site in more than 40 languages under the title, The Wheel and Line. Dr. Solomon has subsequently written ten more books and along with many articles and poems.
There have been many spin-off ministries since GFI began in 1970–both stand alone ministries and faithful pastors who are teaching the message of our identification with Christ in His death and resurrection. A number of ministries have also begun in various parts of the world.
In November, 2019 there was a 50th anniversary banquet in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Videos of the event’s program are at the 50th Anniversary page.
A Celebration of Life service was conducted for Dr. Charles R. Solomon (1930-2020) on January 17, 2021 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A video recording of the service, plus tribute videos and testimonial letters, are on this page: