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Dawson County Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting for River Rocks Church
River Rocks ribbon cutting
On Aug. 4, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting for local church River Rocks Church. - photo by Erica Jones

On Thursday Aug. 4, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting for River Rocks Church, located at 321 Kilough Church Road in Dawson County. 

According to River Rocks’ Lead Pastor Jeff Birmingham, he and his wife Jessica first decided to plant and start a church 10 years ago. In a leap of faith, the couple moved from Melbourne, FL to Cumming, GA and began meeting and holding Bible studies out of their home. 

“The Lord was faithful and over time we got to see lives changed,” Birmingham said. “Eventually we got to move into a picnic pavilion on Sawnee Mountain for our first Sunday services which was incredible, then the Lord opened the door for us to meet at Fideles Christian School down in Cumming for six and a half years. Through that season we’ve seen a lot of families, a lot of people get baptized, their homes changed, that sort of thing which has just been a blessing for us.” 

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Three months ago, the Birminghams and their church took another leap of faith, purchasing the property the church now sits on and moving up to Dawson County. Since then, church leadership and congregants have put in countless hours fixing up the building and turning it into a church that can feel like home. 

“It has just been a tremendous amount of work, just hours and hours and hours spent by all the people,” Birmingham said. “Our hope with River Rocks church is that this would be a home… so as soon as you guys come in you should be able to go grab something out of the refrigerator, you’ll always have a cup of coffee available, you’ll have a big kitchen and dining room, your kids should always be safe and comfortable, your babies have a place to be, and as you can see all of that kind of comes together.” 

Another exciting development for the church has been that local hybrid Christian school Veritas Classical Schools will be moving into the church building this fall. The school will meet out of River Rocks Church on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, something that Birmingham said is just as much of a blessing for the church as it is for the school.

“For us, being able to see that God has moved us from meeting in a Christian school to now being able to have one meeting in our space and building and be able to use this building as a tool for the Lord’s glory is a blessing,” Birmingham said. 

In a short speech preceding the ribbon cutting, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mandy Power welcomed Birmingham and his church to the area, thanking them for the hard work they have put into bringing River Rocks into the Dawson County community. 

“I live right around here, and I can testify that every time I would come by here there would be somebody working at all times, so I know that y’all have put a lot of equity and sweat of your own into this project,” Power said. “It’s also nice to see such a great building being utilized and having a new purpose, and we are so excited to have y’all here in the community.” 

In the end, Birmingham said that his goal and the goal of River Rocks is to be a bright spot in the community and to reach those in need of the Gospel. 

“Just as a heart of who we are, our mission is really to be a church that disciples believers, to have a love for the word of God, to operate with the power of the Holy Spirit and to have a personal responsibility for the Great Commission,” Birmingham said. “Our hope is that we can be a lighthouse to this community, a place that can really reach into people’s lives and see those who are far from the Lord come to salvation and to see those who are looking to grow be fed by teaching God’s Word verse by verse.”

River Rocks Church meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The church also offers both men’s and women’s Bible studies. This Sunday, Aug. 7, the church will hold a dedication service and free barbecue lunch. 

For more information about River Rocks Church, go to https://riverrockschurch.com/