Our History

We believe in honoring our past while we also embrace the future. As we reflect on our history, this journey is marked by milestones that reflect our commitment to serving older adults with dignity, compassion and respect. Here’s a look at the key moments that have shaped our identity and purpose:

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First Founding
The Community at Rockhill is Founded

In the tranquil outskirts of Sellersville, PA, Katie and Wilmer Alderfer laid the foundation for a lasting legacy in senior care by purchasing a "tourist home" on a 9.9-acre property. This venture was initially called the "Rockhill Mennonite Home" and began as a convalescent home that welcomed short-term guests. Over time, their vision of compassion and community blossomed into The Community at Rockhill, a sanctuary of inspired senior living, offering diverse care and enriching life experiences.

Second Founding
Lutheran Community at Telford is Founded
When twelve local church leaders came together, motivated by the needs of their senior congregants, they established Lutheran Community at Telford. This groundbreaking initiative, founded on a commitment to care, dignity, and companionship, set a new precedent in senior living. Deeply rooted in Lutheran values, the community has flourished, continually adapting to the needs of its residents. It symbolizes quality senior living, consistently upholding its founding principles in all aspects of community life.
The Community at Rockhill Completed Construction

In June 1974, an adjoining tract of 18 acres of farmland was purchased to build a new, modern facility, replacing the deteriorating Rockhill Mennonite Home. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on January 23, 1977, and construction was completed during the following year. Residents were moved in August 1978 and thus was born "Rockhill Mennonite Community." The name was changed to what we know it as today, The Community at Rockhill, in 2015 along with a new mission, vision and values.

Unifying Affiliation
Grace Inspired Ministries is Formed

On January 1, 2017, the formation of Grace Inspired Ministries marked a new era, bringing together The Community at Rockhill and Lutheran Community at Telford under a unified vision. This affiliation symbolized a deep-seated commitment to fostering communities centered on holistic well-being. By expanding our reach and enhancing the range of services and resources offered, this strategic step reinforced our faith-driven mission to profoundly enrich the lives of seniors through exceptional care and vibrant and supportive living environments. An archive of our Legacy Brand assets is available on this website.

July 2021
Sellersville Senior Residences Groundbreaking

On June 22, 2021, Grace Inspired Ministries, in partnership with LNWA, broke ground on Sellersville Senior Residences, a 50-unit rental community designed to meet the growing demand for affordable, high-quality senior living (55+). With modern finishes and a nurturing atmosphere, this facility underscores our ongoing pledge to provide supportive and cost-effective housing that caters to the needs and aspirations of our area’s seniors.

November 2023
Grace Inspired Ministries becomes Grace Inspired Living
In late 2023, the evolution into Grace Inspired Living represented much more than a change of name — it unified our Mission and Vision, renewing our dedication to supporting independent and enriching lifestyles for seniors. A crucial aspect of this transition was launching a unified brand, highlighted by a new website and updated branding elements. These advancements are vital to solidifying our identity and broadening our outreach within the senior living sector. Read the full Press Release here.

Our history is a story of dedication, growth and the relentless pursuit of high-quality and supportive faith-based senior living. As we look back, we're inspired to move forward, continuing to evolve and enrich the lives of seniors in our community.