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Our History

The Next Phase: 1999-2004

Former pastor, Rev. David Breckenridge, preached his first sermon as pastor of Rolling Hills on July 18, 1999. One of his first duties was to lead the dedication service on August 22nd that officially named the fellowship area, “Worthley Hall” honoring Max and Edith Worthley. This was a fitting recognition of leadership of the Worthleys in all areas of the church. Max and Edith had worked tirelessly for many years in promoting building improvements that would include a well-equipped “downstairs kitchen.”

Rev. Breckenridge has said that Rolling Hills is Fayetteville’s best kept secret and that we should aim to change that. Rev. Breckenridge has led in staff and program development. During his years we continued active involvement in community ministries and inter-faith programs. In 2001 we hosted a community-wide ecumenical World Communion Day service.

As the membership of the congregation continued to grow, church members agreed that additional paid staff was needed to provide leadership for a more fully developed educational program. Two Search Teams carefully reviewed many resumes and the church voted to call a staff member to focus on the needs of children and another on the needs of youth.

In the summer of 2001 Rev. Susan Hooks Meadors became Associate Pastor for Children and Spiritual Development, serving for nine months. Rev. Dr. Scott Jones became Associate Pastor for Students and Family Life in May of 2001 and served for 21 months before accepting the invitation to join the staff of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

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