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Posted: January 14, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Oak Hill Church Growing strong

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."

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