A church led by former Grace Brethren pastor, David W. Miller, is profiled on the Outreach magazine website this week. Dave founded and continues to lead Rocky Hill Community Church in Exeter, Calif. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA CHURCH THRIVES IN SMALL TOWN
“Who needs Jesus?” bellowed Rod Williams, a former riverboat captain who had a disdain for organized religion.
One day, the Holy Spirit answered that question for Williams as he stared at his own reflection. His soul caught fire for the Lord, and now he ministers to others in unique ways.
Williams owns a gun store and hosts a radio program where he talks about firearms. “But he always finds a way to work Jesus into the conversation,” says David Miller, pastor of Rocky Hill Community Church. “Rod’s life was transformed, and now he’s transforming lives.”
Designed for the unchurched, dechurched and antichurched, Rocky Hill was planted in January 2010 when folks began meeting in a local coffee shop in Exeter, California. Although more than a dozen church plants in the area have failed in the past 15 years, this nondenominational church survived, in part, because Miller embraced networking. “In small towns, it’s all about building relationships,” says Miller, who became friends with the mayor, the police chief and members of the Lions Club. “When the community validates you, others see this is an OK place to go.”
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