The church’s history is concrete affirmation that God is in the business of bringing life out of death. In the late 1960s two small churches, West Gainesville United Methodist and St. Phillip United Methodist Church (formerly called Gainesville Mill Methodist Church) were located in declining neighborhoods. Membership in both churches had declined to the point that the North Georgia Conference decided to close them. Instead, the two churches decided to merge congregations in a new location.
At first the combined congregation met in Cinemas West, a theater just off Brown’s Bridge Road. Using proceeds from the sale of the two buildings, property was purchased on McEver Road and a church was built. Eventually the congregation outgrew the facility, so in 2019 the current property at 5226 McEver Road was bought.
Our current campus is being designed and developed to meet the needs of both the church and the neighboring community. It currently contains:
- A building with space for meetings, youth/children’s activities, and educational classes
- A pole barn/pavilion for worship and larger gatherings
- An exercise/walking trail
- A community garden (under construction)
- Space for a larger community center/worship (planning stages)
From a small handful of faithful believers, we have grown to a community of about 250 people who participate in worship and ministry with us. Rev. Tyler Jackson is our 11th appointed pastor.