The CITY ON A HILL Story
In June of 2004, then North Georgia Bishop, Rev. Lindsey Davis appointed the Rev. James Christopher Bryant (Chris) to join the Staff of Hillside UMC as their Associate Pastor of New Church Development. His mission was the planting of Hillside’s second “daughter” church. After 18 months of training, research and prayer, Rev. Bryant gathered a launch team of 35 adults. That group then began a six month strategic and planned launch of the new congregation. CITY ON A HILL (COAH) began public worship at Johnston Elementary School on August 13, 2006. On April 23 & 24, 2011, after a 14 month complete renovation of the old Woodstock library facility, we had our first worship experiences with over 700 in attendance in our new facility. The church has made a name for itself as a “thinking church,” where questions and doubts are welcomed and faith is taught in a way that would meet the expectations of an increasingly complex world. COAH is perhaps even better known for our many outreach opportunities in our community and abroad where we empower our congregation to “put their faith in action” through missions and ministry. Consistently, over 100% of the average worship attendance serves in at least one of these “special forces” missions outside the church each year. Approximately 6 out of 10 of our regular attendees are new to involvement with church (as adults) and we continue to put high priority on small groups where relationships can develop into strong friendships and where regular people can learn and grow spiritually from and with each other. Historically, each year between 25 and 40 people make a first time commitment to Christ.