Renaissance Church of Christ’s history runs deep. Originally known as the West End Church of Christ, this congregation has remained a source of strength and endurance for the cause of Christ. With over a century of faithful service, we’ve lived and stayed true to the original principles of the church, keeping the faith and sharing our commitment with the community while maintaining a unified fellowship.
Despite the state of suffering in our Nation, we opened our doors in 1905, a time marked by economic recession, racial division, and voting inequality for women. But out of such troubled times, faithful Christians who transitioned from Nashville established a work that would spread from the community, throughout the state, and across the brotherhood. The message that drove the work was, “Doing Bible Things the Bible Way.”
With strong outreach efforts and time committed to spreading the gospel, we were able to establish new congregations such as the East Point COC and Moreland Avenue COC – all in our first decade. In addition, we were one of the first churches to support Christian education and use the technology available (radio) as a way to reach masses of lost souls.
From the ministries of S.H. Hall, B.C. Goodpasture, H. Clyde Hale, Howard Allen, Franklin T. Puckett, J. Ed Nowlin, A.R. Hill, J.V. Copeland to the decision in 1973 to hire the first African American minister Wesley R. Brown, Sr. – our ninth minister who served through more than 30 years of change – to the current ministry of Dr. Orpheus J. Heyward. God has used great men to orchestrate and carry out the vision for His people.
Since his arrival, Dr. Orpheus J. Heyward has touched a special chord with members, especially among the young adults. He has stimulated members from the youngest to the most mature to express an even-greater interest in the Bible. His charismatic, energetic, and scholarly approach to ministry has invigorated and promoted a new wave of enthusiasm.
Under the ministry of Dr. Orpheus Heyward, we have become the fastest-growing African-American Church of Christ in the Nation, on pace to become the largest African-American Church of Christ in the brotherhood. Following the installation of Dr. Heyward as minister in February of 2007, we have been blessed to experience tremendous growth. With additional growth as a result from more than 500 baptisms, our congregation now exceeds 1,200 members in attendance each Lord’s day.
Given the expansive growth and leadership’s desire to further engage and impact the surrounding communities, it was determined a new building was required. Under the leadership of Dr. Heyward and the leadership team, a plan was developed to purchase new land and build a state of the art facility to better serve the needs of our congregation and community. After a few years of reduced budgets and fundraising programs, the congregation reached its financial goals and broke ground in late 2017.
The Renaissance Church of Christ was officially opened in December 2018, and we are now conveniently located in the South Fulton County area of Atlanta, Georgia, just minutes from Atlanta’s International airport.
Over a century from our humble beginnings, we remain thankful for our rich and diverse history. We continue to do “Bible Things the Bible Way” with the understanding that we must be mentally, physically and spiritually prepared to combat the challenges of today’s world. Through these years, we’ve developed a strong army of God’s people working faithfully to serve Him, and it is through His continued love, grace and mercy, we look forward to a productive future.
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