GBC Sponsored Firearms Safety Class

Grace Baptist Church is sponsoring a Basic Firearms Safety Class Instructed by Chris Hofacker (, a NRA certified instructor.   The event is open to the public and is for ages 12 and up.  If you are interesting in taking the training please fill out the registration form at the bottom of the page.  In order to receive your certificate of completion you must pre-register.

Law to Grace Ministries

The event will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, March 18th from 1:00 – 5:00PM.

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More about Chris Hofacker

Chris Hofacker was saved while attending a Baptist Church Camp in 1976 at age 15.  He attended Heritage Christian School in Sandusky, Ohio for five (5) years, grades 8th-12th. He has been preaching and filling pulpits since he was 16 years old.  He served Independent Baptist churches as a youth director, and adult Sunday school teacher as well as working as an associate for former missionary/evangelist, Dr. Richard E.Williams.  Although serving in these capacities, he never felt God’s call to go into the ministry full time.


In 1986 Chris began a Law Enforcement career with a police department in northern Ohio.  The department was large enough to staff 54 full time officers and another 24 part time during Chris’s tenure there.  He worked as a K-9 officer for four years, and also served as a member of the county wide Drug Task Force Unit for three of those years.  God blessed his career and moved him through the ranks, to the position of lieutenant.  During his time serving in supervisory capacities, Chris was able to serve as the department’s Patrol Division Commander as well as spending time as their Public Relations Officer, Citizen and Youth and Academy Commander, Training Coordinator and he headed the department’s Chaplaincy Program as well. He also wrote the department’s first Core Value and Ethics training program.


Chris became a Police Defensive Tactics Instructor and Use of Force expert and served as a trainer in this capacity under the State Attorney General’s Office, for the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy near Columbus for the last nine years of his career.  He taught Police Defensive Tactics at several academies, agencies and colleges with law enforcement programs during that time also .  Besides the hand to hand training he did, he was also certified as A.S.P. baton and T.A.S.E.R. Instructors.  During a portion of his law enforcement career, Chris owned and operated a mixed martial arts school and was part owner/operator of a second.  He has over 35 years of hand to hand combat training and experience.  He has studied various systems of martial arts during those years. Because of the influence of eastern religions in most martial arts systems, Chris refused to teach a traditional art and created his own fighting system known as “Kanji-itsu.”  The system was developed originally as a Law Enforcement fighting system but has been modified for general use and training. He believes violence is a last resort and should only be used when defending oneself, family or others from physical attack and then  only as a measure and to the extent of stopping the offender from inflicting harm or further harm to their victim. Brother Hofacker now uses his knowledge in this area to assist churches with establishing and training church security teams.  He can also assist you with general self defense and/or women’s self defense classes if desired.   David did say in

Psalm 144:1

“Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”






With just over two years left to go before retirement and a full police pension, the Lord called Chris into full time evangelism and he left his career to follow God’s call on September 30th of 2010.  He is currently serving out of Beacon Baptist Church in Lorain, Ohio under Pastor Aaron Webb.  When not preaching out, he teaches the Adult Sunday School class at Beacon and assists the pastor with filling the pulpit there as well.  Please remember to pray for him and his wife and four children as they follow God’s call for their lives.