Oak Hill Church of Christ con­tin­ues to grow

The Covington News - - Front page - By Chris Queen news@cov­news.com

Oak Hill Church of Christ on Snap­ping Shoals Road in Cov­ing­ton is on the verge of ex­pand­ing its in­flu­ence and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new phase in its ex­is­tence.

Founded in 2005, the church has about 73 mem­bers, and has ex­pe­ri­enced a 10 per­cent growth in at­ten­dance a year. So, Oak Hill is pre­par­ing to start a build­ing cam­paign.

“If we con­tinue on this same growth pat­tern, in an­other three years we will not have room for peo­ple to sit in our build­ing,” said Scott Whit­mire, a church leader who han­dles the con­gre­ga­tion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions. “So we are plan­ning for the fu­ture.”

The church has pur­chased six acres and es­ti­mates it needs $600,000 to $1 mil­lion for the project. They plan to uti­lize their mem­bers who are in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The church is ask­ing mem­bers for pledges and is so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions from other Church of Christ con­gre­ga­tions for the project. In­for­ma­tion on how to do­nate to Oak Hill may be found on the church web­site.

They have faith that God will meet their needs.

“The Chris­tians at Oak Hill are firm be­liev­ers in the power of prayer,” said Whit­mire. “When we pray, we know with­out a doubt that God is hear­ing us and will an­swer those prayers in the best in­ter­est of Oak Hill and his king­dom. So we have all the faith in the world that God will do what is best for us.”

Oak Hill was founded by a group of be­liev­ers in Newton, Butts, and Henry coun­ties. Many of the mem­bers pre­vi­ously had to drive 20 to 30 miles to church.

The church met for the first time on Oct. 30, 2005. They met in mem­bers’ homes, then bought and moved into their cur­rent fa­cil­ity in Fe­bru­ary 2006.

Craig Ressler serves as church min­is­ter, and the con­gre­ga­tion is gov­erned by an eight-mem­ber lead­er­ship board. In ad­di­tion to evan­ge­liz­ing and reach­ing peo­ple lo­cally, the church sup­ports mis­sion­ar­ies in In­dia, the Pa­cific is­lands, and Thai­land.

While many or­ga­ni­za­tions may be skit­tish about launch­ing a build­ing cam­paign in a dif­fi­cult econ­omy, lead­ers and mem­bers at Oak Hill Church of Christ have no such qualms.

“The first cen­tury church was told to ‘give as they have pros­pered,’” said Whit­mire. “So the Lord has helped each of us to pros­per and we know he is at work in what we are try­ing to do for Him.” Him.

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