LHC launches satellite church at Rehoboth Baptist
In April 2013, the members of Lake Hills Church in Candler — formerly known as New Morgan Hill Baptist Church — gathered together to pray and seek direction for the future of their church. That meeting produced a renewed focus and a united vision to intentionally love and serve the people of Candler, as well as nations around the world.
It didn’t take long for their new vision to start shaping into a reality. Earlier this year, after hearing of the wave of momentum at Lake Hills Church, the leaders of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Waynesville approached James I. Walker, pastor of LHC, to discuss how the people of Rehoboth might become a part of the exciting work of LHC.
After touring the campus and spending countless hours in conversation and prayer, the staff of LHC agreed to enter into a new chapter of ministry by launching their first satellite campus at the former property of Rehoboth Baptist Church. Lake Hills Church will now become one church in two locations, with the new ‘Waynesville Campus’ situated in the Barber’s Orchard community in Haywood County.
The Rev. James I. Walker is enthused and honored by this new opportunity.
“As I thought and prayed through this proposition, the vision statement of our church kept playing over in my mind: ‘We are a people united, embracing the work of the Holy Spirit, striving to see lives transformed in our community, city and world,’” said Walker. “How could we as a church lay our heads down at night knowing we let a lighthouse burn out in our community? God has called us to this. This is an exciting new journey in the life of LHC and we are enthusiastically all in.
“There are many great churches in Haywood County and we are excited to be joining in the work already taking place in the church community of Haywood County,” he added. “We believe the intention of this second location is to have a strong focus on targeting the younger generations, not exclusively but inclusively, for the future growth of ‘the church’ as a whole. There is a tremendous opportunity to reach the young people of Haywood County and young people are the future of the Church. We feel LHC can effectively communicate with this group by speaking the language of their generation.”
Rehoboth Baptist Church held its last service July 6. Lake Hills Church Waynesville Campus will officially open its doors in the fall of 2014. Walkers messages will be delivered via video every week and the campus will be fully staffed by a campus pastor, children’s pastor, student pastor and worship leader as well as a team of support workers. This strategically selected ministry team will work in tandem with Walker and the staff at LHC in Candler to ensure Lake Hills Church will be ‘one church in two locations’, maybe multiple in the future.
This new development is sure to be both stimulating and beneficial to Buncombe, Haywood and the surrounding counties of WNC as LHC expands beyond one location to have a more profound impact in the region it calls home.
The people of LHC couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on this new journey.
“At the end of the day, we just want to love God and love people,” said Walker.